09/05/2007 11:00PM

Smith, Bailey hit Mile scene


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Hall of Fame jockeys Mike Smith and Jerry Bailey will both be present for the buildup to the Sept. 16 Woodbine Mile.

But Smith, who rode 14 winners at the recently concluded Del Mar meeting, and Bailey, who retired in 2006, will have very different purposes.

Smith is romantically involved with local jockey Chantal Suther-land and will be taking a working vacation here. Bailey, who retired in 2006, has been engaged to help promote the Woodbine Mile in a variety of guises.

Smith, whose mounts here will be booked by agent John Bell, has picked up the ride on Clearly Foxy, who is one of four entrants trained by Mark Casse in Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000 Natalma Stakes. Bell also represents Todd Kabel.

Bailey, along with the Woodbine media department's Sandy Hawley, will be at the downtown Toronto Turf Lounge for a "meet and greet" from 7 -9 p.m. Thursday.

On Friday, Bailey will be at the Greenwood teletheatre in east end Toronto for another "meet and greet" from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Next Saturday morning, Bailey will be appearing during the last half-hour of Jennifer Morrison's one-hour handicapping seminar here on the second floor of the grandstand.

Next Sunday, Woodbine Mile Day, Bailey will host a two-hour autograph-signing session beginning at 11 a.m. on the second floor of the grandstand.

Bailey also will appear on Woodbine's simulcast show and will make the trophy presentation to the winner of the Woodbine Mile.

Three invade for Natalma

There are three shippers in the field of 11 for the Natalma, a one-mile turf race for 2-year-old fillies.

They are Remarkable Remy, who arrived from Saratoga on Wednesday; Waveline, who checked in from England last Monday; and Bar City, also coming in from New York.

Remarkable Remy, owned by Live Oak Plantation and trained by John Kimmel, won over 5 1/2 furlongs of turf in her only start, a maiden special weight race at Saratoga Aug. 13.

Kimmel won the 2003 running of the Natalma with Pink Champagne, who also was making her second start after winning a maiden special over six furlongs of turf at Belmont six weeks earlier.

Eddie Castro will be in to ride Remarkable Remy.

Bar City, owned by Obviously N.Y. Stable and trained by Linda Rice, also is 1 for 1 after taking a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special on the turf at Saratoga. Rice also has had success with juveniles here in the past, winning the 1997 Victoria with Torgan and the 1995 My Dear with Rosie O'Greta.

Alan Garcia, who piloted Bar City at Saratoga, retains the mount.

Waveline, bred in California by her owner, Paul Reddam, has started five times in England, winning her maiden over five furlongs and finishing third in a listed six-furlong stakes race last time out.

Emile Ramsammy has picked up the mount on Waveline, who will be adding Lasix and blinkers for the Natalma and is scheduled to head home to California next week.

Mike Fox back to work

Mike Fox, winner of this year's Queen's Plate, breezed four furlongs in 49.60 seconds on the main track here Thursday under his regular exercise rider, Bruce Smither.

"We just wanted to see how much condition he's lost," said Ian Black, who trains Mike Fox for D. Morgan Firestone. "He came back good."

The work was the first for Mike Fox since he finished fifth in the Breeders' Stakes, the final leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, over 1 1/2 miles on turf here Aug. 5.

Following the Breeders', Mike Fox spent about three weeks on the farm freshening up for a fall campaign and has been back here galloping for the past two weeks.

Mike Fox is heading for the $150,000 Ontario Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race here Sept. 30, which also is the target for Alezzandro.

Alezzandro, who finished second in the Queen's Plate and then left Mike Fox in fourth place winning the 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales at Fort Erie, also had a break after running sixth in the Breeders'.

Trainer Kevin Attard said Alezzandro is scheduled to work this weekend with the Ontario Derby his next target.

Marchfield, who won the Breeders' after finishing sixth in the Queen's Plate and fifth in the Prince of Wales, was sent to Winding Oak Farm in Florida to prepare for a 4-year-old campaign.

Apprentice wins three on card

Apprentice jockey Tyler Pizarro was the riding star of Wednesday evening's eight-race program, winning three races to bring his meet total to 78.

Pizarro, who scored with Can B. Valid ($9.10), Captain Kyle ($14.50), and Relaunch Star ($17.50), trailed leading rider Ramsammy by two wins heading into Thursday's card.

Ramsammy has been serving a three-day suspension and will be back Saturday.

Two fatalities

There were two deaths connected to the fifth race here Wednesday.

Kayla's Comet, a 3-year-old filly owned by Winter Road Racing Corp. and trained by Desmond Maynard, flipped in the paddock and suffered head injuries, leading to her being euthanized.

"We got her out of the paddock, and over to the backstretch, where we treated her," said Greg Taylor, one of the Ontario Racing Commission veterinarians on duty. "We tried to save her, but she showed signs of neurological damage, and after the races we had to put her down."

Leagueofherown, a 3-year-old filly owned and trained by Don Schnell, had a fatal heart attack and fell during the race. Her jockey, Gerry Olguin, was uninjured.

There were three $10,000 claims in for Leagueofherown, and the filly became the property of Stronach Stable and trainer Brian Lynch.

* The main turf course will be open to Woodbine Mile candidates from 6- 9 a.m., this Saturday through Saturday, Sept. 15.