04/22/2004 12:00AM

Remind in favorable spot


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - With the successful team of trainer Bill Mott and jockey Jerry Bailey behind him, Remind is in a good spot to win his first graded stakes in Saturday's $100,000-added Fort Marcy Handicap at Aqueduct.

The Grade 3 Fort Marcy, the first grass stakes of the year in New York, features graded stakes winners Toccet and Bowman's Band, both of whom are unproven on the turf. Slew Valley, the 119-pound highweight in the nine-horse field, is without a win in 17 stakes tries and is suspect at the 1 1/16-mile Fort Marcy distance.

, a 4-year-old son of Deputy Minister, has been a picture of consistency in 12 career starts. His record of 4-5-0 is peppered with several solid efforts in stakes, including a second-place finish in last year's Grade 2 Arlington Classic. Remind, owned and bred by Claiborne Farm, also won the ungraded Storm Cat Stakes at Keeneland in October in his final start of 2003.

This year, Remind has run three times, finishing sixth in the Grade 3 Appleton at Gulfstream Park, second in the Tampa Bay Breeders' Cup, and first in a third-level allowance race at Gulfstream in his last start March 25.

Remind, who has tactical speed, drew post 8.

Trainer Gary Sciacca said that Slew Valley, a 7-year-old, has been training well, and expects Slew Valley to run a winning race. In his last start, Slew Valley, who is Grade 1-placed in several turf marathons, came from off the pace to win an 1 1/8-mile optional claimer at Gulfstream.

"If they are walking up front, he'll be on the lead," Sciacca said. "If there's a pace, he'll sit right off them and make a run."

Jorge Chavez rides Slew Valley from post 2.

, who is eligible to run in a third-level allowance race, finished fifth in the Grade 2 Pan American Handicap at Gulfstream on March 20, his last start. Charge won the ungraded Caltech Handicap at 1 1/8 miles last year at Gulfstream.

"He might want to go a little farther, but he can win at the distance [Saturday]," said his trainer, Shug McGaughey. "Hopefully, they'll go a little faster than in his last race and he can close."

Edgar Prado rides Charge from post 6.

Bowman's Band, third in his one start on the grass, is the pick if the race is run on the dirt.

Toccet, who has lost his two turf starts, hasn't been able to reclaim the 2-year-old form that won him four stakes in 2002.

Black Silk is entered for the main track only.