09/14/2011 12:32PM

Side Glance, Dance and Dance among Europeans to get acclimated after arrival at Woodbine

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Michael Burns
The 5-year-old Dance and Dance, under exercise rider George Galcki, gallops on the Polytrack at Woodbine on Wednesday morning after arriving from Europe.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The four-horse European contingent for Sunday’s Woodbine Mile card arrived on a flight from Amsterdam on Tuesday evening and were finally bedded down at about 11:30 p.m.

Side Glance, Dance and Dance, and Forte dei Marmi all are here for the $1 million Woodbine Mile, one of two Grade 1 turf races on the card.

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Wigmore Hall is invading for the $500,000 Northern Dancer at 1 1/2 miles.

Leanne Masterton, who has been here several times in her multi-tasking role for trainer Andrew Balding, took out the 4-year-old gelding Side Glance for some exercise in Baker’s Acres, the informal training area here, on Wednesday morning.

“He’s fresh and ready,” said Masterton, while she and groom Emily Melbourn attended to a curious Side Glance as he paid close attention to the morning action on the main track.

Dance and Dance, a 5-year-old gelding trained by Ed Vaughan, went out for some light exercise on the Polytrack surface in company with Wigmore Hall, a 4-year-old gelding who is conditioned by Michael Bell.

George Galcki, a first-time visitor to Canada, was aboard Dance and Dance while Gillian Dolman, who was here with Allied Powers for the 2009 Canadian International, put Wigmore Hall through his paces.

Side Glance and Dance and Dance finished first and second, a neck apart, when making their most recent appearances in the Group 3 Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury on Aug. 11.

Wigmore Hall has made his second transatlantic trip of the season after finishing a closing fourth in the Grade 1 Arlington Million over 1 1/4 miles of yielding going on Aug. 13.

Forte dei Armi, who was in a different quarantine facility, did not train on Wednesday. The 5-year-old gelding’s last outing was a third-place finish in a minor event over 1 1/4 miles of Epsom turf on Aug. 29.

The only other shippers on the grounds as of Wednesday morning were Turallure, who checked in early Monday morning for the Woodbine Mile, and Bourbon Bay, who arrived in the wee hours of Wednesday morning for the Northern Dancer.

Bourbon Bay, trained by Neil Drysdale, had been flown from Los Angeles to Kentucky and then vanned up from Churchill Downs.

Kara’s Orientation opts for Mile

The probable field for the Woodbine Mile stood at 12 after trainer Steven Chircop stated his intention to run Kara’s Orientation, who also was nominated for the Northern Dancer.

Kara’s Orientation, a $20,000 claim last summer, became a stakes winner when leading throughout the Grade 2 Sky Classic over 1 1/4 miles of turf here Aug. 21.

Sunday’s card also includes the $300,000 Canadian, a Grade 2 race for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the grass.

The main turf course was open for the weekend’s stakes contestants on Wednesday but trainer Roger Attfield was the only attendee.

Musketier, a candidate for the Northern Dancer, and Mekong Melody, who is heading for the Canadian, breezed five furlongs together in 1:05 on the fir” going with the dogs way out on the course.

Assistant trainer Suzanne Lorimer was aboard Musketier and exercise rider Darren Fortune partnered Mekong Melody.

“They were very happy with them, and I was very happy with them,” said Attfield, who also sent out Hollinger to gallop over the course in preparation for the Woodbine Mile.