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Glimmerglass
Jan. 3, 2005, 08:40 AM
Sometimes horses just have the freaky nack of being able to apply blazing speed, Lost In the Fog is one of those horses. Setting a track record in your 2nd start (almost setting one in your first) and almost setting the World Record? That is wicked :D

Not sure if he is good for seven furlongs or more, they won't stretch him out for some time, but he does have amazing sprint potential :)

San Fran Chronicle 1/1/05 (http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi%3Ff%3D/chronicle/archive/2005/01/01/SPGJ9AJPJI1.DTL)

Lost in the Fog not lost at all as 2004's top speedster

Larry Stumes

Saturday, January 1, 2005

It's official: Lost in the Fog was the fastest 2-year-old in the nation in 2004.

The Golden Gate Fields-based colt earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 109 for his 14 3/4-length victory in Sunday's Arizona Juvenile at Turf Paradise as he ran 6 1/2 furlongs in a track-record 1:13.55 and missed the world record by . 31 of a second.

"Speed figures don't lie,'' trainer Greg Gilchrist said with a laugh. "How could you say you weren't happy and proud about something like that? It's a pretty neat thing to have, considering all the horses out there.''

The next-best Beyer by a 2-year-old was the 107 recorded by Declan's Moon in the Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 8. Declan's Moon, unbeaten in four starts, likely will win the Eclipse Award as the nation's outstanding 2-year-old after his victory in the Hollywood Futurity over Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Wilko.

Lost in the Fog also is unbeaten, having won his debut by 7 1/2 lengths on a muddy surface at GGF on Nov. 14 in :56.84 for 5 furlongs -- missing the track record by .62 of a second. He earned a 102 Beyer for that race, giving him two of the year's top 10.

"If it were a fast track, he probably would have broken the track record, '' Gilchrist said. "You're thinking, 'That can't be; there is something wrong with the clock.' At Turf Paradise, the track wasn't that fast, and you're thinking, 'Could a clock be off twice in a row?' Even knowing as much about him as I know, it's still amazing what he does and the times he does it in.''

Harry J. Aleo, an 85-year-old San Francisco native who still works at Twin Peaks Realty after 57 years there, bought Lost in the Fog privately in March after bidding on him in a Florida auction in which he went unsold. Aleo wouldn't say what he paid, although the colt went for $48,000 at a yearling sale in 2003, and he wouldn't say how much he's been offered for a horse that many would expect to be a Kentucky Derby candidate.

"It's too far ahead even to think about that stuff,'' Aleo said. "If I sold the horse and took all of this tons of money, I don't have a racehorse. I'm 85 years old, and I've been trying to get a great horse for 20 years. If I get all that money, I'd pay half in taxes and then I'd be out looking for another horse.''

Though most people in Gilchrist and Aleo's situation would be looking to run Lost in the Fog longer distances in anticipation of the 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby, they're actually planning to shorten him to 6 furlongs for the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash on Jan. 29 at Gulfstream Park.

"Probably, under normal circumstances, I would be looking to move this horse on to a route, if not next time, then the time after,'' Gilchrist said. "But when there is a race offered that is restricted to Florida-breds and California-breds for $250,000, you have to look at that race. A week after it is the Hutcheson Stakes going 7 1/2 furlongs. It's a Grade 2 and it's only $150,000 -- you tell me which is the tougher race. This is still a business. If we would handle ourselves well in Florida, then I'm pretty sure we'll stretch out the horse after that.''

MDO
Jan. 3, 2005, 08:04 PM
This horse is very interesting, he's already had the tag 'freak' applied by several writers. Having been burned so many times by super-hot two-year olds over the past XX years (read: manylol ) who don't amount to a hill of beans the following spring, I hesitate to get excited about any of the top two-year-olds this year. Ok make that three-year-olds now. I think the '04 Belmont was just the straw that broke the camel's back for me. However, Lost In The Fog has piqued my interest, no doubt, and I look forward to the Sunshine Millions.

Glimmerglass
Jan. 7, 2005, 11:52 AM
another article ..

DFW Star-Telegram: 1/7/05 "Clearly, 'Fog' on fast track, but to where, exactly?" (http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/sports/horse_racing/10588853.htm)

excerpt:

And then last month, Lost In The Fog turned in a jaw-dropping performance at Turf Paradise. He disputed a rapid pace, dueling through an opening half-mile in 43.78 seconds, and then drew clear to win the Arizona Juvenile Stakes by nearly 15 lengths, stopping the teletimer at 1:13.55 after 6 1/2 furlongs.

Young horses can't move that fast -- unless they're riding in the back of a van. The clocking, which lowered the track record of 1:13.80 set by the speedy G. Malleah in 1994, was so other-worldly that at least one observer suspected a typographical mistake as he reviewed charts of the day's races. But there was no mistake. The other 6 1/2-furlong races that day, for older horses, were run in 1:17.71 and 1:18.34.

For a horse to win so easily is, of course, very rare, and for a 2-year-old to set a track record at a commonly run distance is nothing less than extraordinary. Turf Paradise isn't the major leagues, but its teletimer insists Lost In The Fog could be a major league racehorse.

[snip]

But Gilchrist, noting that the road to the Triple Crown can exact a heavy toll, said he's not going to rush the colt's development in an effort to get him to the Kentucky Derby. The Preakness, he said, is a more likely objective. Basically, he said, he's going to allow Lost In The Fog to develop at his own pace, to define himself in his own fashion. And in that defining lies much intrigue

Glimmerglass
Jan. 18, 2005, 04:22 PM
.. in case you wondered he's still fast http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

The Blood-Horse 1/18/05 (http://racing.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=26291) "Talking about the speed of this crop of 3-year-olds, the aforementioned Lost in the Fog, who has run freakishly fast times in both his starts, worked five furlongs last Saturday [1/15/05] in a scorching :57 4/5 over a dead strip at Golden Gate. The next fastest work of the 42 at that distance was 1:00 4/5."

Wow - a 3 second gap in work out times at the same distance!

Glimmerglass
Jan. 26, 2005, 07:26 AM
NBC Sports is telecasting Saturday's eight-race Sunshine Million series and Lost In The Fog is there to take his lion's share of the $250,000 loot http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

At six-furlongs it should suit him fine .. I just hope that California speed comes with him. It should be great to watch!

Unbeaten Lost in the Fog searches for third win in Ocala Stud Dash
Thoroughbred Times (http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/todaysnews/newsview.asp?recno=52399&subsec=2)
1/25/2005

After scoring emphatic victories at Turf Paradise and Golden Gate Fields in the first two starts of his career, Lost in the Fog will start on the other side of the country on Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the $250,000 Ocala Stud Dash for three-year-olds on the Sunshine Millions program.

[snip]

Lost in the Fog will take on nine rivals in the six-furlong Ocala Stud Dash, including three-time stakes winner B. B. Best.

A Florida-bred son of Yes It’s True, B. B. Best cuts back to one turn after finishing fourth to Greater Good in the 1 1/16-mile Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) on November 27 at Churchill Downs. B. B. Best won the Dr. Fager division of the Florida Stallion Stakes at six furlongs on August 14 at Calder Race Course. He also took the In Reality division of the Florida Stallion Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on October 23 at Calder.

[snip]

All starters carry 120 pounds.

The field, in post-position order, with (sire), jockey, weight, and trainer:

1. Lucky Frolic (Carson City), Earlie Fires, Milton Wolfson;
2. Kruel Intention (Gold Case), Joe Bravo, Arthur Silvera;
3. B. B. Best (Yes It’s True), Eddie Castro, Eddie Plesa Jr.;
4. Lost in the Fog (Lost Soldier), Russell Baze, Greg Gilchrist;
5. Packy (Petersburg), Gary Boulanger, Mark Glatt;
6. Bushwacker (Outflanker), Rafael Bejarano, Bill Currin;
a-7. Seize the Day (Montbrook), Patrick Valenzuela, Kristin Mulhall;
a-8. Run Thruthe Sun (Memo [Chi]), Jon Court, Peter Eurton;
9. Santana Strings (Wheaton), John Velazquez, Steve Asmussen; and
10. Primitive Man (Outflanker), Jorge Chavez, Mike Mitchell.

a-coupled entry

aahunterjumper
Jan. 29, 2005, 02:03 PM
Glimmerglass called it! Lost in the Fog won commandingly! I had the race on while working but stopped to watch him win. And he's just three??

FLAbreds
Jan. 29, 2005, 03:44 PM
Why, I know the man that owned Lost In The Fog as a yearling! He and one of his business partners purchased him at the OBS Aug. '03 yearling sale! Just found that out today from the woman that used to work for him and who partners on broodmares with him. Pretty cool!!!

Glimmerglass
Jan. 31, 2005, 06:53 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by FLAbreds:
Why, I know the man that owned Lost In The Fog as a yearling! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

FLABreds now that is wicked cool http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

`Lost in Fog' again shows sprint talent

By Ed Gray FL Sun-Sentinel newspaper (http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/sfl-gulfnotes30jan30,0,5213059.story?coll=sfla-sports-headlines)
1/30/05

HALLANDALE BEACH · As Lost In the Fog barreled down the stretch on his way to finishing off the most impressive performance on Saturday's Sunshine Millions program, most owners and trainers would have been overcome with Kentucky Derby fever.

Although Lost In the Fog distinguished himself as one of the country's brightest 3-year-old prospects with a 4 1/2-length victory in the $250,000 Dash, owner Harry Aleo and trainer Greg Gilchrist were hardly making plans for the first Saturday in May in the Gulfstream Park winner's circle.

"My thought right now is it's early to be thinking about stretching him out," said the 85-year-old Aleo, whose 3-5 favorite remained undefeated in three starts with a dominating front-running victory in the 6-furlong Dash. "I don't think either of us [is] thinking of Derby."

Lost In the Fog's quality certain is not an issue, particularly after his performance under Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, but his ability to carry his dazzling speed beyond sprint distances is still in question.

"I'll sit down and talk with Mr. Aleo as far as stretching him out in some of the bigger races," said Gilchrist, whose stable is based in Northern California. "There is a race called the Swale here going seven-eighths of a mile [March 5], if we decide not to go farther."

Lost in the Fog, who has captured his three starts by a combined 26 lengths, demonstrated a fondness for the Gulfstream racing strip Saturday. The son of Lost Soldier, who previously had been victorious at Golden Gate Fields and Turf Paradise, drew away in 1:09.96.

Dismissing nine opponents bred in Florida or California, Lost In the Fog handled his first cross-country trip with professionalism.

"Usually our tracks on the West Coast are harder and faster than they are on the East Coast. It's always in the back of your mind: Do I have my horse fit enough?" Gilchrist said. "When they turned for home, I knew I had [a fit horse]."

Glimmerglass
Jan. 31, 2005, 07:01 AM
Image: Lost In The Fog, Russel Baze up, wins $250k Ocala Stud Dash (Equi-Photo) (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/050129/483/gsp10401292223)

Image: Lost In the Fog (#5) in lead, Russell Baze up, leading field at final turn (Equi-Photo) (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/050129/483/gsp10301292216)

Image: L to R: Owner Harry Aleo, Russell Baze, trainer Greg Gilchrist, accept award (Joseph DiOrio @ HorsePhotos) (http://www.horsephotos.com/watermark.jsp?photoID=23584)

hitchinmygetalong
Jan. 31, 2005, 04:12 PM
Wait a minute. His owner is Harry Aleo? And he's 85? As in 85 years old? Did you LOOK at his picture (link #3 above)?

That is one impressive-looking man.

Oh, and the horse ain't bad-looking either. ;-)

Glimmerglass
Feb. 1, 2005, 10:48 AM
Hitch, indeed that man is 85 yrs old .. the secret must be either selling real estate or being around horses. I think the latter http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


Out of the Blue, It's Lost in the Fog

By Andrew Beyer
Tuesday, February 1, 2005
Washington Post - section D1 (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52554-2005Jan31.html)

HALLANDALE, Fla.

Before he appeared Saturday at Gulfstream Park, Lost in the Fog had never competed at a top-class track nor defeated a horse of any consequence. Yet he was already the most talked-about and coveted 3-year-old in America. "He's grabbed more headlines than Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston," the Daily Racing Form wrote.

Nothing excites the racing world like a youngster with enough raw talent to conceivably develop into a Kentucky Derby winner. And nothing stirs people in the business more than the possibility of buying such a prospect before he has realized his potential.

Lost in the Fog hardly possesses textbook credentials. But if Funny Cide could emerge from New York-bred competition to win the 2003 Derby, and Smarty Jones could go from Philadelphia Park to win the Derby in 2004, why can't a modestly bred colt from Golden Gate Fields do it in '05? Lost in the Fog made his racing debut at the northern California track in November and won a sensationally fast maiden race by 7 1/2 lengths. The next month he shipped to Turf Paradise in Arizona, where he won a minor stakes by 14 lengths, smashing a track record and earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 109 -- the best by any 2-year-old in America in 2004. Owner Harry Aleo's telephone started ringing with offers.

Aleo has been a racing fan since the era of Seabiscuit and a thoroughbred owner for 25 years. He got involved in the sport after reading an article titled, "How to Make Money When Your Horse Loses," and he understands the pragmatic side of horse ownership. So when he received offers as high as $2 million for his still untested colt, he knew what his most rational course of action would be. Even his trainer, Greg Gilchrist, advised him to sell. Aleo said no.

Instead, he and Gilchrist brought Lost in the Fog to Gulfstream for the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash, where he would face serious competition for the first time. One of his rivals was Bushwacker, a fast front-runner who had finished within two lengths of the nation's champion 2-year-old, Declan's Moon. It is easy for speedsters such as Lost in the Fog to look impressive dominating lesser rivals, but against other fast horses, Lost in the Fog could easily be drubbed and devalued. Aleo understood this. "This is the one we've got to win," the owner said before Saturday's race.

The speed horses came flying out of the gate in the Dash, and Lost in the Fog found himself abreast of Bushwacker and another lightning-fast front-runner from California. After they battled for a quarter of a mile, Lost in the Fog proceeded to run his rivals into the ground. He cruised away from the field (the demoralized Bushwacker struggled home eighth) and won by 4 1/2 lengths, running six furlongs in 1 minute 9.96 seconds. He's for real.

But a real what? Is he is a one-dimensional sprinter or a horse, like Funny Cide or Smarty Jones, who can carry his speed a classic distance? Gilchrist isn't sure. All he knows is that this colt has exceptional talent. He was convinced of it when he encouraged Aleo to buy the colt for $195,000 despite his modest pedigree. (His sire, Lost Soldier, is a well-bred horse of moderate accomplishments who stands at stud for a $7,500 fee.) The trainer betrayed his conservative nature with his effusive assessment of Lost in the Fog. Months before the colt ever ran, he brought Golden Gate's Hall of Fame jockey, Russell Baze, to his stall and said: "I want you to remember this horse. You're going to be on him."

But Gilchrist was thinking about having a fast horse, a productive horse, not necessarily a Derby horse, and now he is at a crossroads. The trainer has to decide whether to put Lost in the Fog on the fast track to the Kentucky Derby, knowing that the colt is not ideally bred for the classics; Lost Soldier's best distance was one mile. Gilchrist does believe, at least, that Lost in the Fog could learn to relax at longer distances instead of being the tearaway speed horse that he has been in his sprint victories.

Still, if it were his decision, he'd take the money and let somebody else take the chance that Lost in the Fog will be more than a sprinter. "If it had been my call," the trainer said frankly, "he'd be running for somebody else."

But it is the owner's call, and the owner is a man of firm opinions. Aleo has operated for 57 years out of the same storefront real-estate office in a San Francisco neighborhood that has become a bastion of liberalism. In Aleo's window is a sign that reads: "This is an island of traditional values in a sea of loony liberals."

Nobody is going to tell Harry Aleo what to do with a horse. "People keep calling me, and making me offers, and calling me back, but this horse is not for sale," he said. "I couldn't buy this kind of excitement and adventure for any price.

"I'm 85 years old. What am I going to do with more money? I'd just buy more horses anyway."

Large photo of Lost In The Fog with Russell Baze up (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/postphotos/sports/2005-02-01/3.htm)

hitchinmygetalong
Feb. 1, 2005, 12:23 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Glimmerglass:


_Out of the Blue, It's Lost in the Fog_

By Andrew Beyer
Tuesday, February 1, 2005
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52554-2005Jan31.html

HALLANDALE, Fla.
{snip}

(His sire, Lost Soldier, is a well-bred horse of moderate accomplishments who stands at stud for a $7,500 fee.) <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Um, make that STOOD at stud for a $7,500 fee. I would guess it's probably a "tiny" bit higher now?!? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I'm with Lord Helpus on this one. I too have had my heart broken by promising youngsters, only the straw that broke my back was FuPeg. He had everything going for him. I'm still convinced that as soon as he won the Derby, he was worth SO MUCH MONEY that all parties involved decided not to risk running him all out again. Just my theory, but it makes sense, doesn't it?

vineyridge
Feb. 1, 2005, 05:51 PM
Have you folks looked at his pedigree?

Fast as he is, there is NO Mr. Prospector. That can't help but benefit the breed when he goes to stud.

Let us hope he is successful with his progeny.

Glimmerglass
Feb. 7, 2005, 07:55 AM
Exceptionally odd - his connections have decided to NOT nominate Lost In the Fog for the Triple Crown chase, despite it costing just $600! (http://tcm.bloodhorse.com/nominations.asp)

I find that to be just weird!

If they stretch him out and he puts in another killer performance and they do decide to go to the Derby with him (before March 26) it will cost $6,000.

Maybe that $5,400 difference is the price Harry and Greg want to pay to ensure less inquires about him going to Kentucky?

Glimmerglass
Feb. 11, 2005, 05:23 AM
A Derby start is extremely unlikely and taking the $2 million offer for him won't happen either.

Dallas F-W Star-Telegram 2/11/05 "Owner says Derby not worth risk" (http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/sports/horse_racing/10874480.htm)

excerpts:

Lost In The Fog's trainer, Greg Gilchrist, and the colt's 85-year-old maverick owner, Harry Aleo, seem immune to the febrile madness that often overtakes owners and trainers this time of year.

"The road to the [Kentucky] Derby would be hard on him, given the schedule we'd have to follow," Gilchrist said.

<snip>

"The Triple Crown can knock the hell out of a horse, and I'm not sure it's worth it," Aleo said bluntly.

<snip>

And the Preakness might be a possibility for the fleet colt, Aleo said, but the Derby remains very doubtful.

"Some people just have too much money, and, when they see something they want, they think they can buy it," Aleo said. "But this horse isn't for sale. I'm in the racing business, not the selling business. Racing, that's the excitement for me."

Moreover, while fully recognizing the risks, Aleo said he won't cash in "like the Smarty Jones people" and retire Lost In The Fog prematurely. The owner said he intends to give Lost In The Fog an opportunity to "become a great racehorse," if that's indeed his destiny, and will race the colt as long as he's healthy and can perform at a high level.

FLAbreds
Feb. 11, 2005, 08:36 AM
I think Harry Aleo has just become my new hero! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

As much as I'd like to see Lost in the Fog in the hunt for the TC sounds like his connections are doing what's best for the horse, and that's music to my ears.

texang73
Feb. 11, 2005, 10:41 AM
I agree with you FLAbreds, Mr. Aleo seems very concerned for the welfare of the horse. He's not letting the idea of more money get in the way!

Snaffle-itis
Feb. 12, 2005, 10:03 AM
I don't know it's so odd to people that Lost in the Fog wasn't nominated to the Triple Crown.

The $600 early-bird noms. for the Triple Crown happened before Lost in the Fog had really popped on the scene. They had no reason to believe he would be a big star.

That said though, I hate how people are saying "Lost in the Fog is off the Derby trail". News flash: Lost in the Fog was never *on* the Derby trail. His owner and trainer are making an intelligent move here. They're going to bring the horse along nice and easy, and if they decide to stretch him out, they can do it in whatever time-frame they'd like to. Also, Lost in the Fog doesn't exactly have a routers pedigree [though not every Derby winner does], and so far has shown no reason to think he *can* get the classic distances.

There's nothing wrong with being a champion sprinter. Champali, my favorite, was a good little sprinter, and it suited him and his connections just peachy keen.

vineyridge: what does his lack of Mr. Prospector have to do with... anything?

Glimmerglass
Feb. 19, 2005, 01:40 PM
LA Times 2/19/05"Money Talks, but He's Not Listening" (http://www.latimes.com/sports/horseracing/la-sp-horse19feb19,1,4227920.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-horse_raci)

excerpts

Every time Harry Aleo's phone rings in San Francisco, he thinks it will be another offer to buy Lost In The Fog, who could be the fastest horse never to run in the Kentucky Derby.

"There are too many people out there with too much money," Aleo said. "I wish they wouldn't call. The horse is not for sale."

"I don't have any great aspirations to win the Derby," Aleo said. "There's usually about 20 horses that run, and the chances are pretty good that some of them will get hurt."

[snip]

"A guy like Pletcher, if something happens to one of his horses, he moves on to the next one," Gilchrist said. "With Lost In The Fog, it's different. We want to take real good care of this horse. He's the only bullet in our holster."

War Admiral
Feb. 20, 2005, 08:06 AM
Harry Aleo - My nominee for Horseman of the Year, hands down. Just imagine what another owner would be doing w/ this horse... http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

I also agree w/ Vineyridge re the pedigree.

BUT I suspect this horse is a genuine fast sprinter. Period. In other words, not a TC horse.

And as to FuPeg... He was actually the last TB I fell in loff with! My take on him is that he was, temperamentally, a complete throwback (via Danzig) to the Fair Play temperament, albeit of course considerably watered down. That horse was only ever going to come to the party if he dadgum well FELT like it, and he did nothing but goof around in the Belmont. Could he have won it? Probably. But the fact that he didn't BOTHER TRYING is actually what I like about that horse... http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

Glimmerglass
Feb. 23, 2005, 08:18 AM
Next start: shipped from CA to FL's Gulfstream Park for the Grade 2 Swale Stakes a seven-furlong race on March 5.

Lost In The Fog has never gone past 6 1/2 furlong's.

excerpt from Daily Racing Form 2/23/05 (http://www.drf.com/news/article/62904.html)

"I'm not worried about his fitness, and I don't think seven furlongs will be a problem, although the Swale will mean another step up in company," [trainer Greg] Gilchrist said. "Unfortunately, the Sunshine Millions sort of threw us out of step for other things we might have had in mind, turning him back to six furlongs like that, but it was hard to pass up a statebred race with a quarter-million-dollar purse. If he wins this next start, I'll definitely find a two-turn race for him. I might even leave him right there at Gulfstream with the Florida Derby in mind."

The $1 million Florida Derby will be decided at 1 1/8 miles April 2.

Glimmerglass
Feb. 28, 2005, 06:04 AM
San Francisco Chronicle 2/27: "Fog Lifting for Aleo, Local owns nation's most exciting horse" (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2005/02/27/SPG47BHNTM1.DTL)

A very good profile article on Harry Aleo

excerpt:

But Derby or no, this is a dream horse with amazing potential, and he will always run under the orange and black silks of Aleo's stable. Aleo swears that his beautiful sprinter will never become his cash cow.

"Not one hair on that horse will be sold," Aleo vowed.

Some think he's dreaming, but this is a man who knows about dreams, miracles and horses with mystical auras.

Harry Aleo once mowed down the great Joe DiMaggio. He helped Gen. George Patton turn back the Germans in France. He made his first race-track killing - - two bucks -- on the greatest dream horse of 'em all.

Aleo was 17 and already a horse racing fan when Seabiscuit faced War Admiral in the famous 1938 match race. Harry was delivering groceries for his family's Noe Valley market the day of the race. He pulled the truck to the curb, turned up the radio and rooted the Biscuit home, winning $7 for his $5 bet.

He was too busy working to play sports at Mission High, but Aleo did play baseball at City College, where he outhit teammates Jerry Coleman and Charlie Silvera, both of whom became New York Yankees.

The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Aleo to a minor-league contract as a third baseman. Tuning up for spring training in 1940, Harry pitched to a team of San Francisco pros in a pick-up game at Funston Field. In the lineup: Joe DiMaggio, who won the American League batting title in '39 (.381) and would win it again in '40 (.352).

"The first pitch was outside," Aleo said, "then I threw him my dinky curve. He took a mighty swing and fouled out to third base."

But Aleo blew out his right elbow shortly after that and his baseball career was toast. He joined the Army, fought under Patton in the Battle of the Bulge, then returned home and started Twin Peaks Properties, which he still actively runs.

..............

Also from The Blood-Horse (http://tcm.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=26901):

Lost In The Fog Sizzles in Pre-Swale Blowout
2/27/2005

(from Bay Meadows report)
Two talented Bay Area 3-year-olds, Lost In The Fog and Stellar Magic, had workouts Sunday morning in preparation for their next major assignments.

Lost In The Fog, who is undefeated in three starts, worked five furlongs at Golden Gate Fields in a sizzling :58 1/5 on a track rated wet-fast. Hall of Famer Russell Baze was aboard for the work.

"You've got to make him do a bit or he's not going to get anything out of it," said Baze. "He did just what we wanted him to do. He showed a little more zip early, relaxed around the turn and finished strong."

Lost In The Fog will be flown to Florida Tuesday and run in the $150,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. Trained by Greg Gilchrist and owned by Harry J. Aleo, Lost In The Fog won the $250,000 Ocala Stud Dash at Gulfstream Park in his most recent race on Jan. 29.

Glimmerglass
Feb. 28, 2005, 06:08 AM
.. from the above cited SF Chronicle article, why is he called 'Lost In The Fog'? Is it because he is based in the notorious foggy city of San Francisco? Nope -

On a horse farm in Ocala, Fla., three years ago, breeder Susan Seper went to the pasture to check on a weanling, but the field was draped in a heavy fog. As Seper searched, from out of the mist the horse materialized and ambled toward her, as if emerging from a dream.

Lost in the Fog.

FLAbreds
Feb. 28, 2005, 11:43 AM
Mr. Aleo sure sounds like an interesting man. Someone that has lots of stories to tell! I hope Lost in The Fog continues to do so well. Gotta love that horse!!!! And his connections! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Glimmerglass
Mar. 3, 2005, 06:25 AM
Today's article is more of a teaser with it's headline - clearly I think Alero and crew are going to stay the course not go to the Kentucky Derby - but do the Preakness http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

3/3/05 New York Times "Lost in the Fog May Find Way Into Kentucky Derby" (http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/03/sports/othersports/03racing.html)

Why the Preakness - shorter, tighter turns that aide a speed horse and smaller field. Lost In The Fog could be a natural to hit a Canonero II type effort.

Glimmerglass
Mar. 3, 2005, 03:53 PM
Hmmmm ... maybe Harry & Greg aren't on the same page or maybe the media is just getting fed some good copy to print:

The Blood-Horse 3/3/05 "Swale Win Could Send Lost in the Fog Down Triple Crown Trail" (http://tcm.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=26964)

excerpt:

Trainer Greg Gilchrist said a good race in the Swale would lead Aleo to pay the $6,000 supplementary fee.

"We'll definitely put up the money, and we'll definitely look for a two-turn race," said Gilchrist. <span class="ev_code_RED">"If he runs here and runs well, the Derby will definitely become our goal."</span>

The field for the March 5 $150,000 Swale Stakes (gr. II) includes:

PP Horse (Jock, weight)
1 What's Up Dude (Jose A. Santos, 120)
2 Santana Strings (John R. Velazquez, 122)
3 Around the Cape (Eibar Coa, 116)
4 B Trick (Gerry Bacchas, 116)
5 Port Town (Cornelio H. Velasquez, 116)
6 Straight Line (Brice Blanc, 118)
7 Up Like Thunder (Joe Bravo, 116)
8 Evil Minister (Jerry D. Bailey, 116)
9 More Smoke (Clinton L. Potts, 118)
10 United (Ramon A. Dominguez, 116)
11 Lost in the Fog (Russell A. Baze, 120)

Glimmerglass
Mar. 5, 2005, 02:52 PM
Piece o' cake today for LITF http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Photo: LITF with Russel Baze up leading to win the Swale (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/050305/483/gsp10503052221)

Gulfstream Race #9 - Swale Stakes G-2 (http://www.drf.com/results/05/rGP05.html?rn=412978#9)

1 - Lost in the Fog
2 - Around the Cape
3 - More Smoke

Now Derby bound? Greg Gilchrist said if he won then they'd consider going to the Derby as "50-50".

Glimmerglass
Mar. 8, 2005, 06:31 AM
Lost In The Fog is being shipped out of Gulfstream back to California today and will not be in the Florida Derby.

That means if he is going to go to the Kentucky Derby - and would need to prep for it - then the two races he'd pointed towards are either The Santa Anita Derby (G1) or Wood Memorial Stakes (G1) both on April 9.

Lord Helpus
Mar. 9, 2005, 07:58 AM
I dunno. His connections seem flakey to me. Pass up the first nomination: "NO WAY will we go to the Derby". now it's "The Derby is our goal".

Then "We'll probably run in the Florida Derby to see how he does around 2 turns". Now it's "We are going home and not shipping all the way back across country again for the Florida Derby".

BUT, "Our two options are The Santa Anita Derby or the Wood Memorial". HUH? Where do they think the Wood is run? In Utah?

And, if they opt for the Santa Anita Derby, he has to up against Declan's Moon. At least one of them will have to go all out and possibly leave his best race in California and not be able to run at his peak in Ky. That would be too bad.

I just hope that all of this wishy-washyness will not hurt this wonderful colt.

On another racing forum someone who lives in SF is saying that "the owner is NOT a nice man at all"... Evidently he is so far right of conservative, even a skin head would steer clear of him. THIS IS ALL THIRD HAND, so take it for what it's worth. I believe it is partially based on signs and articles he puts up in the windows of his real estate office in SF. I did read an article in which he took pride in behing the last conservative in a land of crazed liberals.

Glimmerglass
Apr. 5, 2005, 10:03 AM
Update - and an alert to those BB'ers in NY this weekend http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Lost in the Fog set for Bay Shore
DRF 4/5/06 (http://www.drf.com/news/article/63897.html)

Lost in the Fog, the unbeaten winner of last month's Swale Stakes at Gulfstream, was scheduled to ship to New York [Aqueduct] on Tuesday for Saturday's $150,000 Bay Shore Stakes (G3) at seven furlongs, where he will rule a prohibitive favorite.

Lost in the Fog, who has never gotten a Beyer below 102 in winning all four of his starts by open lengths, worked five furlongs in a bullet 59 seconds at his Golden Gate base on March 27, and went the same distance in 1:01.80 there on Sunday.

"He usually goes a little faster, but we've been trying to slow him down a little in his workouts," said trainer Greg Gilchrist. "We might have overcorrected a little bit."
..............

As for the prior mention of Harry and his politics, all articles on him indeed suggest he is a strong Republican in a very large "sea of liberals" where he is based http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Cashew
Apr. 14, 2005, 12:56 PM
any updates?

Glimmerglass
Apr. 14, 2005, 01:15 PM
Originally posted by Cashew:
any updates?

* LITF won easily (by 4 1/4-lengths) the $100,00 Bayshore Stakes (G3); although for an exceptionally fast track he didn't set a stakes record - but then again was never asked to

see free race replay video here: here - "Bay Shore S." (http://www1.nyra.com/aqueduct/video.asp?track=A)

see Fox News video report: here - KRXI Fox 11 Reno (http://www.foxreno.com/news/4364264/detail.html#)

* He shipped back to Golden Gate Fields (San Francisco) and will be the key starter for a race moved up in the schedule - just for him http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

-- > $150,000 Golden Bear Breeders’ Cup Stakes, a six-furlong sprint for three-year-olds on May 14

* As noted on another thread, LIFT is not Breeders' Cup eligible thus in the above BC race LITF can only race for a win

Glimmerglass
May. 12, 2005, 08:11 AM
Egads!

Only two other horses willing to take on Lost In The Fog Saturday (5/14) in the $150,000 Golden Bear Breeders' Cup Stakes on Saturday.... sounds like days gone by with Spectacular Bid as a 4-yr old http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

DRF 5/12/05 "Lost In The Fog attracts lights, camera, action" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/64873.html)

excerpt:

Lost in the Fog's owner, Harry Aleo, likely would have run in the race no matter the purse.

"I was born here. I live here. I've always wanted to run here," he said. "I hate to go out of town. Everywhere you go, you hear Golden Gate is a second-tier track."

The impact Lost in the Fog has had on local racing is reflected in the fact that the track actually held a news conference about the race and that, in addition to the television stations, the Bay Area's four major newspapers were represented there by writers and columnists.

Lost in the Fog may have only two challengers in Saturday's six-furlong sprint, but Golden Gate Fields is generating publicity that racing seldom gets in the mainstream media. Sean Greely, the track's racing secretary, said he hopes the race sends a message to owners and trainers.

"We want people to see if you have a quality horse, you can send it to northern California," Greely said. "This is a stepping-stone in that process."

lizathenag
May. 13, 2005, 10:49 AM
THey are advertising this race on SF tv. I don't know which channel.

Glimmerglass
May. 13, 2005, 02:54 PM
I though this was http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

DRF 5/13/05 "'Fog' foes resigned to inevitable" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/64934.html)

excerpt:

Brian Koriner, who trains Wind Water, said he is planning to attack Lost in the Fog as soon as the gates open.

"He'll just run his race," Koriner said of Wind Water. "My horse has never shown he can pass anyone, and I don't see him passing Lost in the Fog. If it takes quarter-horsing it away from the gate to get the lead, we'll do it. I don't plan to sit and wait. I know my horse can go 21 and 3, 44 and 2. I think my horse will be on the lead, but [Lost in the Fog] will probably get me when he wants."

Glimmerglass
May. 14, 2005, 04:37 PM
And what do you think happened? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Lost In The Fog sets the track record


TB Times 5/14/05 "Undefeated Lost in the Fog finds winner’s circle again in Golden Bear" (http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/todaysnews/newsview.asp?recno=54690&subsec=2)

Early fractions of :21.46 and :43.32 for the half mile were executed without effort. Lost in the Fog completed five furlongs in :54.92, which would have shaved more than one second off the track record had the race stopped there.

Around the turn and down the stretch, the only movement from Baze was to look behind to see how far away his competition was falling, as Lost in the Fog waved his ears at the roaring crowd. The answer at the finish was 10 lengths in front of Wind Water in a track record 1:07.32

Glimmerglass
May. 14, 2005, 09:16 PM
More ..

He was kicking along pretty good," said Baze, who never moved his stick. "I let him run a little bit before the quarter pole. I had more horse left at the end."

Trainer Greg Gilchrist didn't look at the teletimer until the race ended, and said, "It's a good thing they didn't ask him to run."

"To break a track record without being pushed, it's incredible," said owner Harry Aleo.

He'll run next in the Grade 2 Riva Ridge at seven furlongs at Belmont on June 11, then the Grade 2 Carry Back at six furlongs at Calder on July 9, and the Grade 1 King's Bishop at seven furlongs at Saratoga Aug. 27.

- Daily Racing Form 5/14 "Lost in the Fog sets record" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/65000.html)

I'll be sure to go to Spa to see his King's Bishop effort http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

lizathenag
May. 16, 2005, 09:08 AM
I was lucky to be a Hialeah in 1977 when Seattle Slew set a new track record of 1:20 3/5 for seven furlongs. The race was written for him and he galloped home easily.

wish I had gotten to GGF Saturday!

Glimmerglass
May. 17, 2005, 10:44 AM
Liz, you would've been joined with a (relatively) large crowd if you had made it to Golden Fields ...

DRF 5/17/05 "Lost in the Fog's track-record effort draws good crowd" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/65018.html)

excerpt:

A total of 6,060 fans were ontrack, up 72 percent from the corresponding Saturday last year (when racing was at Bay Meadows) and 49 percent compared with the average Saturday attendance at the just-concluded Bay Meadows meeting.

Peter Tunney, Golden Gate general manager, said Lost in the Fog created a buzz, and fans and media responded.

"You could feel it in the paddock and in the winner's circle," Tunney said. "It was a great treat."

For the Golden Bear Breeders' Cup he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 110. He thus has earned a 100+ Beyer in every race he's run. I'm not aware of any other horse (since the inception of the Beyer figs) that has ever done that from his maiden onwards.

Glimmerglass
Jun. 9, 2005, 06:36 AM
No Russell this weekend on LITF http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif I hope he recovers quickly.

SF Chronicle 6/9 "Baze is injured in GGF spill" (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/06/09/SPGB2D5RJP1.DTL)

excerpt:

"He sustained a complete fracture of the left collarbone," GGF track physician Dr. David Seftel said. "He may have some rib fractures on the left side. He also has a contusion on his right forehead, bruising of his hips and pain in his left ankle."

Glimmerglass
Jun. 10, 2005, 06:18 AM
The G2 Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup Stakes (to be aired on ESPN) appears to be anything but a walkover for Lost In The Fog.

Will he win with a new jock and facing rivals who are as experienced as him?

SF Chronicle 6/10/05 - "Is Lost In The Fog Finally In Too Deep?" (http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2005/06/10/SPGSQD6F6M1.DTL)

lizathenag
Jun. 10, 2005, 12:16 PM
LITF has a new jockey and is facing other Graded winners (including a G1) as well as horses with higher Beyer figures than him.

but I am rooting for him! I rode my horse in the fog yesterday and thought of him.

JER
Jun. 12, 2005, 12:33 PM
Will he win with a new jock and facing rivals who are as experienced as him?

Yup. Great race and now we know that LIF has a good deal of heart to add to his already-evident speed. He's got some gears, too.

Kellsboro Jack
Jun. 13, 2005, 07:10 AM
It wasn't a walkover for sure as Egghead - the 'fastest' horse in the field with a prior 112 Beyer Speed Fig to LITF's 110 top - made a damn good try to close!

Prado's post race comments said he thought LITF was done with his drive, then he tapped him and *boom* a whole new gear was there.

Glimmerglass
Jun. 29, 2005, 01:55 PM
Update **

They certainly have no issue with getting the frequent flyer miles with LITF! Next stop - Miami, Florida and Calder Race Course with a recovering Russell Baze up.

TB Times 6/29 "Baze plans to ride Lost in the Fog in Carry Back Stakes" (http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/todaysnews/newsview.asp?recno=55691&subsec=2)

Undefeated three-year-old phenom Lost in the Fog will find a familiar face in the saddle on July 9 in the $300,000 Carry Back Stakes (G2) at Calder Race Course.

Among the field is expected to be More Smoke, son of Eclipse champion sprinter Smoke Glacken, who was smoked by LITF in the Swale Stakes in March, finishing 3rd.

It reminds me of the popular new NBC show on tv now - "Hit Me Baby One More Time" http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

lizathenag
Jun. 29, 2005, 04:02 PM
hmm.. Carry Back was the first racehorse I knew the name of.
must be a sign!

Glimmerglass
Jul. 8, 2005, 01:31 PM
Another general interest story on Harry, Gilchrist, and LITF: Palm Beach Post 7/8 "Owner not interested in offers for horse" (http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/content/sports/epaper/2005/07/08/a1c_PBP_CALDER_0708.html)

excerpt:

Aleo paid $140,000 for Lost in the Fog.

Early this spring, he was offered $2 million, which Gilchrist dutifully advised him was very fair.

Aleo turned it down.

Now the offers are at $6 million and climbing.

Aleo isn't even listening.

Don't get Gilchrist wrong — he was very much expecting that reaction from Aleo, who owns a San Francisco real estate agency. But $2 million, $4 million, $6 million?

"Mr. Aleo's 85 years old; he's not worried about where he's going to have dinner this evening, or for that matter what it's going to cost him to have dinner," Gilchrist says. "We're all at different places in life. I'm not 85 years old. I'm just a working man, and probably, if I would have been offered that kind of money, I would have had to really strongly consider selling the horse."

.......

And another on the LITF factor http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Daily Racing Form 7/8 "It's all business for Lost in the Fog" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/66613.html)

excerpt:

"The biggest upset on Saturday will be when Hot Space beats Lost in the Fog," said [jokingly] Ralph Ziadie, who trains Hot Space for the Buckram Oak Farm. "Obviously Lost in the Fog will be very tough to beat, but I'm just hoping having him ship in from California to run over this track might help me a little. And running second to a horse of that caliber at this stage of our colt's career wouldn't be that bad either."

Glimmerglass
Jul. 8, 2005, 01:39 PM
One of the more odd connection to LITF!

Miami Herald 7/8 "Porn star to Death Row inmate: Story behind 'Lost in the Fog'" (http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/sports/12082332.htm)

since this is a registration required site, I have the whole article here

Porn star to Death Row inmate: Story behind 'Lost in the Fog'

BY CLARK SPENCER
cspencer@herald.com

As horse stories go, the one involving Lost in the Fog has its share of spicy characters. There is the porn queen and one-time prostitute, who claims partial credit for the colt's rise to stardom in her recent letter to the Adult Industry News. There is the Death Row inmate, who applauded the decision not to race the horse in this year's Kentucky Derby. And then there is Joe DiMaggio, who meekly fouled out on Harry Aleo's ''dinky'' curveball in a 1940 pick-up game.

OK, so DiMaggio's nebulous link to the horse is a bit of a stretch. It exists only because Aleo, who once pitched for a junior college team in California and faced the Yankee Clipper in an unscheduled exhibition game, owns Lost in the Fog.

But when the high-octane colt that turf writer Andrew Beyer has described as ''the most exciting horse'' in America vaults from the starting gate in Saturday's ''Summit of Speed'' at Calder Race Course, his cheering club will extend from South Florida to San Quentin, Calif., and perhaps to the halls of the Kit Kat Guest Ranch, a legal brothel in Nevada.

Say this for Lost in the Fog, who has never lost a race: He may not be the best-known 3-year-old thoroughbred in the country -- an unofficial title affixed to Triple Crown racing star and fellow Florida-bred Afleet Alex -- but he has one diverse mix of supporters.

That cast includes not only skin-flick actress Sunset Thomas and convicted murderer Ronald Sanders, but also the legion of horse fans and bettors who lead more traditional lives and admire the atypical horse with equal fascination.

Lost in the Fog should command the disproportionate share of the wagering dollars on the Summit of Speed stakes card, which transforms the sleepy, summer track into a one-day blast of raw horsepower multiplied eight times over. The eight-stakes program devoted strictly to sprinters is the only one of its kind in the country, and its $1.9 million in purses makes it an even richer event than Gulfstream Park's Florida Derby Day.

''This horse is something else,'' said Aleo, a San Francisco-area real estate executive who has owned thoroughbreds for 27 years but added he has never had one as talented as Lost in the Fog. ''It's probably the best horse that 99 percent of all people have ever had.''

A DECIDED FAVORITE

Lost in the Fog is listed as the 3-5 favorite to win Calder's Carry Back Stakes and improve his unbeaten record to eight straight races -- all sprints of under a mile. After the colt won the Swale Stakes at Gulfstream in March, many figured he would go on to run in the Kentucky Derby like the majority of top-echelon 3-year-olds.

But Aleo and trainer Greg Gilchrist resisted temptation and the pleadings of some horse fans, deciding that the 1 ¼-mile Derby was too long and perilous for their short-distance star. Their reservations were validated when a wickedly quick pace in the Derby drained the front-runners of their stretch kicks and catapulted late-running Giacomo to victory.

''He probably would have been up there on that suicide pace and probably would have died a horrible death about the quarter pole,'' Gilchrist said of Lost in the Fog.

Said Aleo: ''He's too nice a horse just to say we ran in the damn Kentucky Derby.''

The decision to eschew the Derby was hailed by Sanders, the convict who wrote Gilchrist from his prison cell expressing his sentiment.

''That guy has been writing to me since 1994, writes me five or six times a year,'' Gilchrist said. ''I guess there's probably not a whole lot to do where he's at, but I want to keep him happy. He might have some friends on the outside.''

Gilchrist bases his stable at Golden Gate Fields in Northern California and maintains a thoroughbred roster that includes the filly Sunset Thomas, named in honor of the adult-film actress who goes by the nickname of ''The Princess of Porn'' and stars in the HBO series Cathouse. She wrote that ''track pundits'' think her four-legged namesake might serve as an inspiration for Lost in the Fog, her stablemate and the better looker of the two on the track.

PLANNING AHEAD

Gilchrist and Aleo just think Lost in the Fog is inherently fast, a freak of nature.

Their tentative long-range plans call for the horse to race at Saratoga this August and the Breeders' Cup Sprint in late October. Aleo, who has declined offers as high as $2.5 million to sell a horse he bought for $140,000, wants to continue racing the horse the next couple of years instead of retiring him to stud.

Because sprint races carrying high purses are few and far between, Lost in the Fog has made five coast-to-coast trips this year to compete at his home track in California, Gulfstream (twice), and New York's Aqueduct and Belmont (once each).

''I don't think that works in his favor, because only two of those times have been at his home race track,'' Gilchrist said. ''We're always having to come to their ball yard to play.''

That's OK with Gilchrist and Aleo, though. Lost in the Fog continues to win wherever he goes.

Aleo, who is 85, said he became interested in owning thoroughbreds after a former son-in-law gave him an article titled ''How to make money when your horse loses.''

''Probably the only good thing he ever did,'' Aleo said.

He has been at it ever since and has missed just three of his horse's races (once while in Bora Bora and another time when his daughter was in the hospital) through the years. Nothing is going to keep him away from Lost in the Fog and Saturday's race at Calder.

''Does the sun shine in the daytime?'' he said.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 10, 2005, 04:58 PM
Gets the deal done - one day later due to the weather http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Kudos to LITF in the slop!

Calder - Race 3 - Carry Back Stakes held 7/10/05 (http://www.drf.com/results/10/rCRC10.html?rn=459395#12)

1 - Lost In the Fog
2 - Querall
3 - Hot Space

Glimmerglass
Jul. 10, 2005, 07:14 PM
Oh, and yes Lost In The Fog set the new stakes record too for the Carry Back no less .. even with the less than fast rated track http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

From The TB Times 7/10/05: (http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/todaysnews/newsview.asp?recno=55976&subsec=2)"The 1-to-20 favorite took advantage of a newfound competitiveness to set the pace while racing near the inside fence and drew off to win the six-furlong race in a stakes-record time of 1:09.30.

Valid Video set the previous record of 1:10.15 in 2003."

[snip]

"Baze could feel Lost in the Fog’s determination when Crawfish King and Hot Space tried to mount a bid on the backstretch.

"For the first time, when the horse moved up on the backside to where he could see him, he was actually watching him and he leaned into the bit and wanted to go,’’ Baze said. "Usually he lets them come right up to him and he doesn’t care. Today he wanted to run—he was looking for some competition.’’

JER
Jul. 10, 2005, 10:39 PM
Any links to video of the race? I didn't find it on Calder's site.

LITF went off at 1-to-20?

Glimmerglass
Jul. 11, 2005, 05:15 AM
Originally posted by JER:
Any links to video of the race? I didn't find it on Calder's site.

LITF went off at 1-to-20?

Alas Calder doesn't have race-replays online that I know of http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif As for the final odds the TB Times was incorrect, I think, as the SF Chronicle printed he went off at 1 - 9.

One negative to having LITF at your race course is the financial cost to the track: per the DRF (http://www.drf.com/news/article/66672.html) he resulted in a <span class="ev_code_RED">negative pool in the amount of $160,865</span>, which was the same thing when he raced in NY at the Riva Ridge Stakes. He costs the NYRA something in excess of $100k due to negative pools.

A couple of corrections:

* the track actually was listed as "fast" although that's questionable

* his final stakes winning time was faster than Madcap Escapade's in the prior race on the card at the same distance; the Carry Back Stakes has been held over 32 years

* LITF's time was 0.35 seconds off the track record ... had he a little more competition and the track truly fast than he likely could've set the track record as he was easily ridden off in the end

His final Beyer will exceed 100, making his 100+ in all 8 starts something never accomplished before http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Next stop: Saratoga Springs for the running of the G1 King's Bishop Stakes on Travers Day, August 27th.

GT's Filly
Jul. 11, 2005, 05:58 AM
I'm just so happy and excited for this little guy and all his connections. I haven't been able to catch him live (broadcast or otherwise) but I've been following here on the board and just with all the articles - THANKS GLIMMERGLASS! - I feel that I'm some how rooting him on at every race.

What are his bloodlines? It seems like everyonce in a while a good long term horse pulls out a few good years of racing and really makes an impact. GO LITF GO!

lizathenag
Jul. 11, 2005, 10:05 AM
Lost in the Fog (http://www.pedigreequery.com/lost+in+the+fog2)

Danzig grandson out of a Caro granddaughter.

Living in San Francisco and keeping my horse near the coast, I often ride in heavy fog. Thanks Glimmerglass for keeping us updated.

Now I need to get back to work!

gilmanr
Jul. 26, 2005, 09:56 PM
Appreciate all the info, Glimmerglass. Saw this colt run at GG and was blown away. Also, can vouch for the fact that Harry's a bit of an eccentric; lived near his business in Noe Valley and saw what can only be described as a shrine to Richard Nixon, but he seems like a good egg. Sure you already know the LITF will be up against it in the King's Bishop, with Bellamy Road (top Beyer 120) and Roman Ruler both said the be probable. Might be the best race of the year.

Glimmerglass
Jul. 28, 2005, 07:45 AM
Originally posted by gilmanr:
Sure you already know the LITF will be up against it in the King's Bishop, with Bellamy Road (top Beyer 120) and Roman Ruler both said the be probable. Might be the best race of the year.

That's why my girlfriend and I secured tix for the Travers Day - less so to see Afleet Alex (if he races) in the signature race, but rather to see Bellamy Road and Lost In The Fog!

I think Roman Ruler will not be in the mix as he is clearly pointed (and why not) to the Haskell Invitational.

Steinbrenner's horse is fast to be sure - but for a change he is taking on one heck of a monster in LITF. I'm looking forward to seeing the colt at the Spa with each day http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Glimmerglass
Aug. 5, 2005, 08:38 AM
Who's afraid of taking on the big bad wolf ... would it be BR?

NY Post 8-4-05 - "Bellamy Road is Travers Possibility" (http://www.nypost.com/sports/51440.htm)

Would you really put him up gainst a well-tested field (albeit lackluster) in the richer Travers purse or go for at least a very good shot at "place" in the sprinting division?

Glimmerglass
Aug. 8, 2005, 07:50 AM
It looks like LITF will be flown into NJ on Tuesday the 16th and then vanned up to Saratoga. What, no flights to Albany? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

One point of slight concern: he has developed a quarter crack in his left hind hoof.

SF Chronicle 8-7-05 "Lost in the Fog steals show in fair workout" (http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2005/08/07/SPGIGE4COT1.DTL)

excerpt:

Lost in the Fog barely made a sound hitting the track as he blazed down the stretch in a final eighth of a mile in :11.31.

"He got a little bored near the end, but I chirped and nudged him with my boot, and he picked it up again," Baze said. "Greg said let him work a bit, and when he does that, he goes fast."

As far as the quarter crack, Baze told Gilchrist upon dismounting, "If you hadn't told me beforehand, I wouldn't have known. He felt good."

...................

Oh and LITF's stablemate - the 2-year old Frisco Star in his first effort set the track record at 1:01.65 for 5 1/2 furlongs at the Sonoma County Fair.

LA Times 8-7-05 (Horse Racing Notes) (http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-delmar7aug07,1,3610212.story?coll=la-headlines-sports)

excerpt:

After watching the undefeated Lost In The Fog work five furlongs in 57.81 between races at Santa Rosa, owner Harry Aleo and trainer Greg Gilchrist unveiled another potential monster.

Frisco Star, a 2-year-old son of More Than Ready who was purchased for $175,000 earlier this year at a sale in Florida, easily won his debut against eight overmatched rivals in the eighth race and set a track record in the process. He completed the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:01.65, bettering the mark of 1:02.20 set by Truly Rude on Aug. 7, 1982.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 8, 2005, 08:33 AM
Details regarding the quarter crack - from the prior day's SF Chronicle (Sat 8-6-05) (http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2005/08/06/SPG5CE45921.DTL)


Lost in the Fog arrived at the fair's barn area early Friday afternoon and will return to Golden Gate Fields on Monday. The trip was in jeopardy because of a quarter crack on his left hind hoof.

"It's just Training 101," Gilchrist said, downplaying the condition that afflicts many racehorses. "It's just like a human having a cracked finger nail up into the cuticle. It can be very painful, but the main thing is you don't want it to get infected. We are a lot more educated and have a lot more at our disposal nowadays to deal with this, like fiberglass patches."

A patch was placed on Lost in the Fog's hoof Thursday, and he galloped in a bar shoe (a shoe with a bar across the middle) Friday at Golden Gate Fields.

"The bar shoe absorbs some of the impact and protects the affected area," Gilchrist said Friday. "He looked good galloping this morning, and we'll jog him a mile tomorrow (today) at 6:30 a.m. just to make sure everything is fine. You don't want to raise the white flag or start panicking, but it's something you have to take care of, and it's a day-to-day thing. There are plenty of things you can do; you just wish it wasn't there."

mighty mite
Aug. 8, 2005, 08:50 AM
I was lucky enough to have been able to meet this champion (and his trainer too) on Saturday morning. I watched him jog on the track, then I took pictures of him in his stall and talked to Greg for almost half an hour. The trainer is a real gentleman and the horse a huge ham.

Lost in the Fog looked great in his workout between the 5th and 6th race at the fairgrounds.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 8, 2005, 09:11 AM
Originally posted by mighty mite:
I watched him jog on the track, then I took pictures of him in his stall and talked to Greg for almost half an hour.

Very cool - any chance you have photos to share? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

mighty mite
Aug. 8, 2005, 09:29 AM
Originally posted by Glimmerglass:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by mighty mite:
I watched him jog on the track, then I took pictures of him in his stall and talked to Greg for almost half an hour.

Very cool - any chance you have photos to share? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'll get them developed this week. Then I'll try to post them here. I'm not good with computers so it will be trial and error.

gilmanr
Aug. 8, 2005, 05:22 PM
The quarter crack gave me a start, as well, but glad to see Gilchrest optimistic. Assuming he's okay, the King's Bishop continues to develop into something special. Santana Strings is now pointing there, as well (after the beating he took at Calder, he might be hard to figure, but won't second guess Rasmussen... and SS performed impressively in TX). I'm envious, Glimmerglass! Don't know how many of you remember Soviet Problem (my personal all time favorite filly), but Gilchrest continues to show extraordinary aptitude with sprinters. His two year old Frisco Star, who just set a track record for 5 furlongs at Santa Rosa (okay, not much of a track... but he's only two!) might be next in line.

lizathenag
Aug. 8, 2005, 08:00 PM
I still have my Soviet Problem t-shirt somewhere I hope! And I had a set of bar glasses with her and Baze that were a promotion once but I let them be a prize in a handicapping contest.

gilmanr
Aug. 9, 2005, 07:51 AM
Doesn't LITF bring back memories of her? Not so much the way he moves (I've always thought his gate was a little unorthodox; he appears almost to be falling forward when he runs, and SP was as smooth as could be) but the even fractions that wear down opponents. Her loss in the final steps of the BC Sprint to Cherokee Run was heartbreaking! Hope it's not an omen.

Also, I made a number of mistakes in my last post that I will attribute to fatigue rather than old age: Santana Strings lost to LITF at GP, not Calder. Frisco Star did break the track record in his first start, but the distance was 5 1/2 furlongs. And SS's trainer is, of course, Asmussen, not Rasmussen. Also, I didn't quite absorb Glimmerglass's comment about Bellamy Road possibly opting for the Travers instead of the King's Bishop. Too bad-- the Steinbrenner Aleo matchup would have been almost as intriguing as the one on the track! I suspect the KB will have a rather short field: LITF, SS, Acey Deucey, Sensibly Chic. . . still pretty formidable.

mighty mite
Aug. 9, 2005, 08:26 AM
Originally posted by gilmanr:
His two year old Frisco Star, who just set a track record for 5 furlongs at Santa Rosa (okay, not much of a track... but he's only two!) might be next in line.

I saw this race and was very impressed with the little guy. He led from start to finish and won so easily it gave me chills. There seemed to be no effort on his part whatsoever. When I talked to Greg he said he'd just gotten him and was only trying him out to see what he could do. I could see the grin on Greg's face in the winner's circle from my seat.

At the barn, Frisco Star and LITF were stabled next to each other. Boy what a difference in the two. LITF was eating it up for the camera and Frisco Star just peered out from his stall.

gilmanr
Aug. 9, 2005, 06:01 PM
What a nice image, Mighty Mite. Frisco Star sounds a lot like his sire, More Than Ready. That guy was precocious, too, winning his first five starts, breaking the track record at Belmont (!) for 5 1/2 furlongs (102 and 2). While Aleo has demonstrated his restraint with LITF, Frisco Star might be destined for a more rigorous 3 y.o. campaign; More Than Ready aquitted himself well in the traditional preps before finishing fourth in the 2000 Kentucky Derby (FuPeg's year).

I was mistaken (again) in my prediction of the foes LITF is likely to face in the King's Bishop. Sensibly Chic and Acey Deucey will have their chance at LITF in the BC Sprint, not the King's Bishop, which is for 3 year olds. Does anyone have any information on entries for this race, now that Bellamy Road appears to be ducking out?

Glimmerglass
Aug. 9, 2005, 08:00 PM
Originally posted by gilmanr:
Does anyone have any information on entries for this race, now that Bellamy Road appears to be ducking out?

The only ones for the KB I've seen as a "go" are LITF and Santana Springs, which came off his successful win this past Saturday in the $150,000 Amsterdam Stakes (G2). Not that Bellamy Road's connection are clear in shying away from doing the King's Bishop. All logic points to that race if they want him to race at Spa - and I'm sure George wants to see him on the biggest day of the meet.

At least doing the KB they stand a good chance to take 2nd place and get him tuned up for the October 1st $500,000 Super Derby (G2) at Louisiana Downs. Per this article, near the bottom, Steinbrenner (http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050809/SPORTS/508090344/1001/SPORTS) nominated BR to that Derby http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Glimmerglass
Aug. 17, 2005, 12:22 PM
LITF should have arrived at Saratoga already - but I haven't seen any comments to support that yet.

He will be on "on display" this Sunday and I'm sure the volume of railbirds will be huge http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Lost in the Fog to get familiar with track
Daily Racing Form - August 17, 2005 (http://www.drf.com/news/article/67731.html)
By KAREN M. JOHNSON

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Lost in the Fog was scheduled to arrive in Saratoga from California on Tuesday evening along with his trainer, Greg Gilchrist.

Lost in the Fog will run in the Grade 1 King's Bishop on the Travers Day undercard on Aug. 27. A 3-year-old, he is undefeated in eight starts, including seven stakes.

Gilchrist has never run a horse at Saratoga and said he intends to work Lost in the Fog here Sunday. Lost in the Fog worked at Golden Gate Fields last Sunday, covering five furlongs in 1:00.

Gilchrist said he decided to come to Saratoga early so Lost in the Fog could have a work over the track. Lost in the Fog has made several coast-to-coast trips this year, but his final piece of work had always come at Golden Gate.

"I hear the stories that horses need a race over the track at Saratoga," Gilchrist said by phone Monday. "I felt he will need the work, and, hell, I figured I could use a vacation, because I've never been to Saratoga."

Lost in the Fog will be stabled at trainer Gary Contessa's barn on the Oklahoma training track. Gilchrist became friendly with Contessa when Lost in the Fog stayed in Contessa's Aqueduct barn prior to winning the Grade 3 Bay Shore in April.

In his last start, Lost in the Fog won the Grade 2 Carry Back Stakes at Calder on July 10. Lost in the Fog has also won stakes at Turf Paradise, Gulfstream Park, Golden Gate and Belmont Park.

"He plays very few home games; he's always going to the other ballpark," Gilchrist said. "He's no stranger to moving around."

Russell Baze will ride Lost in the Fog in the King's Bishop, which is run at seven furlongs. Gilchrist said that perhaps Edgar Prado, who subbed for an injured Baze when Lost in the Fog won the Riva Ridge, would be aboard for the work Sunday.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 17, 2005, 12:43 PM
TB Times 8-17 "Lost in the Fog settles in at Saratoga " (http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/todaysnews/newsview.asp?recno=56785&subsec=2)

Excerpt:

Gilchrist said Lost in the Fog shipped in fine, arriving at about 9 p.m. EDT on Tuesday night after vanning from Newark, New Jersey, where their cross-country flight landed at 4 p.m. He settled into his stall on the Oklahoma Training Track comfortably.

In addition to Lost in the Fog making his first start at Saratoga, it is Gilchrist’s first-ever trip to Saratoga.

"It’s a beautiful place," Gilchrist said. "I have never seen the backside, so I didn’t really know what to expect. It’s kind of like a fair atmosphere. We have a couple of places out there (in California) that are kind of like this, not this old."

Welcome to Spa, Lost In the Fog, and make yourself at home http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Glimmerglass
Aug. 18, 2005, 11:44 AM
A humorous comment regarding LITF:

NY Daily News 8-18-05 "Lost in Fog rolls into Spa" (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/story/338243p-288825c.html)

excerpt:

He arrived at Saratoga late Tuesday night and by yesterday morning had settled in like an experienced globetrotter.

"I even hauled him up to a country fair and worked him two weeks ago," trainer Greg Gilchrist said of his easy goer. "I had a few horses up there for a week or two so I took him up there for four or five days. They had a rodeo going on across the street and car races at night. He thought that was great."

Nothing like a horse that actually enjoys other activity around him http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Ariskeny
Aug. 18, 2005, 03:34 PM
DOes anyone know if the Grade 1 King's Bishop race on Aug. 27th will be televised?

gilmanr
Aug. 18, 2005, 05:10 PM
Yep. The Travers , King's Bishop, Hopeful, and Fourstardave will be broadcast on ESPN at 5 ET.

Still don't have much information about who will contest the race, although Greg Norman's The Daddy, who won his last race, an allowance, by 12 lengths to remain undefeated is said to be definite. He joins Santana Strings, while Bellamy Road's connections remain maddeningly coy.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 18, 2005, 09:35 PM
Originally posted by gilmanr:
He joins Santana Strings, while Bellamy Road's connections remain maddeningly coy.

The Bellamy Road connections may have tiped their hand towards facing LITF -

CBS Sports 8-18-05 "Bellamy Road's next race a kept secret" (http://horseracing.sportsline.com/cbs/headlines/showarticle.aspx?articleId=2058)

excerpt:

Ed Sexton, the racing manager for George Steinbrenner's Kinsman Stable, said he is trying to avoid the media hype the horse received prior to the Kentucky Derby, where he finished seventh as the favorite. Still, Sexton dropped hints Thursday that Bellamy Road is more likely to run against Lost in the Fog in the $250,000 King's Bishop at seven furlongs than the $1 million Travers at 1 1/4 miles. Both races are here on Aug. 27.

"I think it'd be more effective coming back if you beat Lost in the Fog," Sexton said Thursday from Kinsman Farm in Ocala, Fla. "To finish second in the Travers, you're lost, you're forgotten about. To finish second to Lost in the Fog is a hell of a performance. If we run in that race, we wouldn't be running for second, we'd be running to win. [Lost in the Fog] is a serious horse, he's a top-class horse."

Ariskeny
Aug. 19, 2005, 11:47 AM
ESPN? That's great! Everytime Lost in the Fog wins & it's televised I get to see my mom & Harry on TV in the winner's circle. It's a kick. Harry is having the time of his life. One interesting side effect that has struck both mom & Harry is an intense case of superstition.

Kinsa
Aug. 19, 2005, 03:04 PM
Hi all. This is my first post, but I'm a big fan of LITF. Don't know if this is helpful, but I found the list of nominations for the King's Bishop on the Saratoga website:

King's Bishop Nominations (http://nyra.com/chart/lookupstakes2A.asp?id=1762&track=S&stakes=442)

It's nice to share with others who are excited about him as well.

gilmanr
Aug. 19, 2005, 06:22 PM
That's exactly what I was looking for. Thanks, Kinsa. Yikes, that's quite a field. Don't know how many will go.... Derby runner up Closing Argument seems to be leaning to Penn Derby 9/5, so I think he's out. And Roman Ruler is opting for the Travers, right?

Kinsa
Aug. 20, 2005, 10:54 AM
Hmmm. This is the list of nominations for the Travers.

Travers Nominations (http://www.nyra.com/chart/lookupstakes2a2005.asp?id=1757&stakes=485&track=S)

I wonder when there will be an update of the final field for the King's Bishop.

Ariskeny
Aug. 21, 2005, 10:55 AM
The final list for each race will come out on Wednesday (they're posted 3 days before the race). Mom, Harry & Greg think Bellamy Road will run in the Travers for the prestige of it rather than against LITF in a lesser pursed race. There was mention of the large ego's of certain owners & trainers that were involved in making a decision but I won't repeat all that here...*grin*

Glimmerglass
Aug. 21, 2005, 08:50 PM
Another update/article:

Albany Times Union 8/21/05 - "A vapor trail follows Lost in the Fog" (http://timesunion.com/AspStories/storyprint.asp?StoryID=390864)

excerpt:

Greg Gilchrist, the 57-year-old trainer of Lost in the Fog, came into town last week. He knows the talent of his four-legged star and doesn't much care what anyone else thinks.

For example, the Daily Racing Form, the bible to many racing fans, doesn't rank Lost in the Fog in its top 10 for 3-year-old males. As a sprinter, he is ranked only eighth.

Gilchrist, as friendly a guy as you'll meet on the backside, just smiles and shrugs.

"That's one guy doing those rankings," he said. "He doesn't write my checks, he doesn't pay my bills and I don't have to answer to him. He is more than entitled to his opinion."
......

In terms of performance with exercise times on a very sloppy track -

LOST IN THE FOG worked five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 over a muddy track for Greg Gilchrist with Prado aboard.

BELLAMY ROAD worked five furlongs in company in :59 4/5

gilmanr
Aug. 22, 2005, 06:41 PM
From the Saratoga daily Notebook 8/22:

worked five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 over a muddy track for Greg Gilchrist with Prado aboard. He came out of his win in the Carry Back S. (G2) last month with a quarter crack and trained this morning with a bar shoe on. Keep track of shoe changes next Saturday when the King's Bishop (G1) is run. If he's still wearing the bar shoe he might be worth betting against.

I knew about the quarter crack, and Gilchrest said he'd use the bar shoe right up until the race. It seems inconceivable to me that Gilchrest would run a compromised LITF, after all the caution he's demonstrated to this point. I don't know anything about bar shoes; can someone explain the trackman's concern?

Glimmerglass
Aug. 22, 2005, 07:45 PM
Originally posted by gilmanr:
It seems inconceivable to me that Gilchrest would run a compromised LITF, after all the caution he's demonstrated to this point. I don't know anything about bar shoes; can someone explain the trackman's concern?

I'm not as hands-on as others on this BB but flipping back a few pages to a prior article on LITF gives light to some of this.

"It's just Training 101," Gilchrist said, downplaying the condition that afflicts many racehorses. "It's just like a human having a cracked finger nail up into the cuticle. It can be very painful, but the main thing is you don't want it to get infected. We are a lot more educated and have a lot more at our disposal nowadays to deal with this, like fiberglass patches."

A patch was placed on Lost in the Fog's hoof Thursday, and he galloped in a bar shoe (a shoe with a bar across the middle) ...

For now I think Gilchrist just wants to keep the bar on as much as possible to ensure a very solid healing of the crack. So no reason whatsoever to take it off for a few gallops on the track. As for racing with the bar on that, I agree, sounds illogical as can be. If you can't take it [bar shoe] off because the hoof has not firmed up as much as you want - and you risk ruining all the repairs you've done - then I'd assume you'd scratch.

No one else has even suggested LITF being scratched so I think the bar will come off and he'll blaze as per usual http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

gilmanr
Aug. 22, 2005, 08:25 PM
Thanks. That's reassuring, as is this portion of an article posted by the Chronicle regarding his relatively slow work:

Lost in the Fog, unbeaten in eight starts, worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.96 on a muddy track Sunday morning at Saratoga. Although it was only the sixth- fastest of 10 workouts at the distance, it was by far the best of the three that were officially declared "breezing."

"He did everything by himself," said jockey Edgar Prado, who worked Lost in the Fog. "I was concerned how he was going to handle the track because it was greasy with water underneath the surface. But his class and talent just carried him through."

And let's remember that his slowest work prior to this (five in 1:00 and 3) came exactly six days before breaking the track record at GG.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 23, 2005, 09:38 AM
A comment that really spoke to me regarding Gilchrist:

NY Daily News 8-22-05 (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/story/339380p-289855c.html)

A low-key trainer based in Northern California, Gilchrist has handled the media attention that has come along with his special colt with a mixture of professionalism and what appears to be genuine warmth.

"Pressure to me was 35 years ago, running for $1,500 at a county fair and having bills to pay and a broke-down horse that I was leading over there," Gilchrist said. "That's pressure."

http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Regarding the bar shoe, a bit further info but nothing overly new ...

Bar shoe no big deal for Fog, Gilchrist says
DRF 8-23-05 (http://www.drf.com/news/article/67899.html)

By DAVID GRENING
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Greg Gilchrist raised a few eyebrows Sunday morning when he revealed that for the last few weeks his undefeated sprinter, Lost in the Fog, has been training in a bar shoe to protect a quarter crack in his left hind foot.

Gilchrist said, however, that he doesn't believe the foot will be an issue when Lost in the Fog runs in Saturday's Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga, and he doesn't expect Lost in the Fog to race with the bar shoe on.

"I would doubt very seriously that he wears it in the race," Gilchrist said Monday from northern California. "I'm not even concerned about that foot. It's not bothering him. I wouldn't say it won't bother him after the race, but you've got to play hurt sometimes. It's not a major thing."

It certainly didn't seem to bother Lost in the Fog on Sunday, when he worked five furlongs in 1:00.96 over a muddy Saratoga main track. Under Edgar Prado, Lost in the Fog went his first quarter in 25.69 seconds and got his last three-eighths in 35.27.

"I didn't want to take the bar shoe off for the work, because I was afraid he might split the quarter open," Gilchrist said. "At the same time, I was a little concerned he might get to slipping on the racetrack, so I cautioned Edgar about that, too. He said he never felt anything the whole way."

Gilchrist said the quarter crack was diagnosed since Lost in the Fog won the Carry Back Stakes at Calder on July 10 in his most recent race. That win was his eighth from as many starts.

[snip]

Others pointing to the King's Bishop are Better Than Bonds, Fusaichi Rock Star, Social Probation, and The Daddy. Santana Strings, winner of the Amsterdam Stakes, is possible.

Better Than Bonds, an allowance winner over this track last out, worked four furlongs in 47.86 seconds Monday at Saratoga. Fusaichi Rock Star, winner of the Grade 2 San Vicente in February, went five furlongs in 59 seconds Sunday at Del Mar. Fusaichi Rock Star was due to ship here Wednesday.

Kinsa
Aug. 23, 2005, 10:17 AM
Bellamy Road to avoid Lost In The Fog...

Bellamy Road to Run in Travers (http://ntra.com/content.aspx?type=news&style=&id=14721)

Excerpt:

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Bellamy Road will make his highly anticipated return to the races in the $1 million Travers Stakes Saturday at Saratoga, trainer Nick Zito confirmed Tuesday morning.

Zito chose the 10-furlong Travers over the seven-furlong King's Bishop for several reasons including the presence of the undefeated Lost in the Fog in the King's Bishop. Zito said if for some reason Lost in the Fog did not enter the King's Bishop on Wednesday, he could very well change his mind. Entries for both the King's Bishop and Travers will be taken on Wednesday.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 23, 2005, 02:38 PM
Blood-Horse 8/23 - "Gilchrist Seeking Out Foes for Lost in the Fog" (http://racing.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=29645)

Excerpt:

Asked how he could put Harry Aleo's son of Lost Soldier Lost in the picture for an Eclipse award as champion 3-year-old, Gilchrist couldn't come up with a definitive answer.

"Maybe we can get together a match race with somebody or something like that. I really don't know how you prove who is the best horse? All I'm doing is trying to give my horse the best chance to win and put him in spots where I think he can. There's just not much more we can do. If the horse did win out the rest of the year, ending with the Breeders' Cup, I think it would be very hard to bypass a horse that would be 10-for-10."
.............

When was the last Sprinter to win HOTY? Are we going back as far as Dr. Fager in 1968? He was 4 when he won Champion Sprinter and still holds the World Record for 1-mi on dirt at 1 minute 32 1/5 seconds http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

lizathenag
Aug. 23, 2005, 03:22 PM
why wouldn't they race him in a bar shoe? If it were on the front I would worry about it being pulled off but I would think it wouldn't matter on the hind.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 23, 2005, 10:40 PM
Nice to see that someone is willing to step up to the plate - and with confidence no less!

From the Daily Racing Form 8/24/05 (http://www.drf.com/news/article/67912.html)
Norman confident in The Daddy

The Daddy, among a small group of 3-year-olds expected to take on Lost in the Fog in Saturday's Grade 1 King's Bishop, blew out for the race on Tuesday, going an easy half-mile in 49.54 seconds over the main track.

The Daddy has won both his starts, including a New York-bred allowance race by 12 lengths earlier this month, and owner Greg Norman is confident The Daddy can compete with Lost in the Fog.

"We're not shy about running against top company," said Norman. "This morning's work was just to sharpen him up, since he ran only two weeks ago. We didn't come up here to run in a first-level allowance race for New York-breds. The King's Bishop has been the goal since we put him on the plane from California, and we knew when we boarded that plane that Lost in the Fog would be in the race, too."

Kinsa
Aug. 24, 2005, 03:10 PM
Just posted on the Saratoga webpage...here's the lineup for Saturday:

Saratoga's Saturday Card (http://nyra.com/chart/dailyentries.asp?track=S&chartdate=8/27/2005)

The King's Bishop is the 10th Race.

LITF is giving 2-6 lbs to the other horses, carrying 123 lbs. Anyone know what his prior weights have been?

Glimmerglass
Aug. 24, 2005, 04:47 PM
Originally posted by Kinsa:
LITF is giving 2-6 lbs to the other horses, carrying 123 lbs. Anyone know what his prior weights have been?

That is very fair to be honest - in the Swale Stakes he was assigned 120 lbs (the most in the field was 122 and least was 116 lbs) - it shouldn't slow him down much.

I'm looking forward to seeing him live on Saturday http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Kinsa
Aug. 25, 2005, 08:45 AM
Oh, me too! When he ran the Carry Back I ended up subscribing to some online betting webpage just so I could get the streaming simulcast of the race! I'm so glad the KB is going to be on ESPN!

Lost In The Fog is the early favorite at 1-5 (as usual) http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif .

Santana Strings follows at 8-1.
Social Probation has 12-1.
Fusaichi Rock Star and Storm Surge at 15-1.
The Daddy and Better Than Bonds at 20-1.

foundationmare
Aug. 26, 2005, 07:44 AM
I've already spent two long weekends at Saratoga which is no small feat for a racetracker that normally works seven days a week. As much as I'd love to go this weekend, it's not gonna happen! Those of you who do....lucky ducks!

There is going to be some phenomenal racing at the Spa this weekend and it's a guarantee that the town will be rockin'. Has to be the most exhilirating location in the world.

Linny
Aug. 26, 2005, 09:41 PM
LITF schooled in the paddock today and he looked great. Check sites like http://www.horsephotos.com and the gallery at http://www.finalturn.com for pics. He snuck in almost unnoticed but as soon as the the photogs knew he was there, he was surrounded. He's quite the ham.

Xctrygirl
Aug. 27, 2005, 02:55 PM
WOW..... Hats off to LITF!!!

He is absolutely amazing. I hope to see him dominate open company as easily.

~Emily

foundationmare
Aug. 27, 2005, 02:57 PM
What an AMAZING horse! What a thrill to watch him bat those competitors away like pesky flies. And how 'bout his owner Harry Aleo? What a spunky old dude he is...had me laughing my ass off!

Drumbiggle
Aug. 27, 2005, 03:11 PM
"How can you compare a horse that's won 8 straight races with the GODDAM Battle of the Bulge?"

LOL, that would make a great sig line.

JER
Aug. 27, 2005, 03:30 PM
IIRC, it was the "Battle of the Goddam Bulge."

I loved the image of a spotless, gleaming LITF cruising home with a fading group of dirt-covered horses behind him. If we saw this in a movie, we'd all be poking fun at it.

When that objection came up, I figured it had to be at the start because it was the only time any of those horses got anywhere near LITF.

race_run_jump
Aug. 27, 2005, 04:18 PM
Oh Drumbiggle - you beat me to the punch!! Absolutely the funniest comeback to the stupidest question EVER!! I spit out a mouthful of beer whilst laughing hysterically and falling off my chair!
And the commentator said, "Oh, I guess that wasn't a very good question...." Ya think!!!???

foundationmare
Aug. 27, 2005, 04:29 PM
I was squirming when the interviewer was bumbling with Mr. Aleo. "What did you say???" I got a kick out of his responses. Tally: old dude: priceless; young interviewer: raspberry/loser!

Like I said, I was laughing my ass off!

And then I was cheering Johnny home in the Travers. First for him, first for Todd. I wish I could have seen it live. Just left message for JV's agent and have a hunch that there's going to be a hot time on the old town tonight! Woohoo!

FLAbreds
Aug. 27, 2005, 06:11 PM
Yay, LITF!!!!!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

We could not believe that doofus of an interviewer when he asked that question. Comparing 8 wins to the Battle of the Bulge. The answer was BRILLIANT. Laughed our butts off! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Iron Horse Farm
Aug. 27, 2005, 10:48 PM
OK you racers.....I have been keeping up on this thread even though I know nothing about racing but the commentary on LITF is so interesting. So today I dropped everything and watched him go. Let me just say that Disney couldn't have picked better characters. The beautiful horse. The washed up trainer who comes back to win big. The crotchety old guy that smacks down stupid young reporters. If there was an orphan in there somewhere the story would be complete!

Holly
http://www.ironhorsefrm.com

Glimmerglass
Aug. 28, 2005, 06:56 PM
My girlfriend and I just flew back from Albany this afternoon after having a blast all day at the Saratoga track yesterday.

It was wonderful to finally see LITF in person - such a fantastic horse both on the track and simply being walked to the paddock.

Not sure if ESPN captured the on-track reactions. With LITF flying towards home everyone was up and cheering wildly even though it was no contest - we simply watched him as if he was as much our horse as Harry's. Then when the foolish jockey objection was raised the crowd simply booed as we all knew who won fair and square. Upon dismissal - with Tom Durkin playing up the news - there was a great cheer.

No other horse walking back from the winner's circle on the track all day (when passing the grandstand) received as much genuine applause as Lost In The Fog did!

I wonder if George & Nick wished they had taken on LITF instead of Roman Ruler & Flower Alley? The result would've still been the same as Bellamy Road couldn't have touched Fog http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Linny
Aug. 28, 2005, 08:39 PM
I watched the race from inside the winners circle and from there I could hear the roar move down the grandstand and clubhouse following 'Fog. It was a great thing to experience.

Alibhai's Alibar
Aug. 28, 2005, 09:19 PM
Lost In The Fog has tremendous presence. I've seen him run three times now and each time, I've noticed him taking a good look at the crowds. He sort of swings his head to each side and looks at people- I got a good look from him at Aqueduct:

http://www.finalturngallery.com/album613/DSCF2175

I've heard other people say the same thing. I told my fiance that LITF is the fastest AND smartest horse out there http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

What a great day it was at Saratoga on Saturday! My photos of LITF's win and the rest of the card (including that *other* big 3YO race, ha ha):

http://www.finalturngallery.com/Alibhai

foundationmare
Aug. 29, 2005, 02:36 PM
Alibhai, thank you so much for your pics, love the one of Baze grinning as he leaves the paddock on LITF. I would have given up part of my anatomy to be there on Saturday, crowds and all! I'm a huge Johnny V. fan and was whooping it up when Flower Alley crossed in front. What a fantastic card it was.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 29, 2005, 03:21 PM
Originally posted by Drumbiggle:
"How can you compare a horse that's won 8 straight races with the GODDAM Battle of the Bulge?"

Those sharp multi-talented folks over at Equidaily.com happened to snag the audio of that odd question and reply.

Foolhearty ESPN Q&A with Harry Aleo (http://www.equidaily.com/bestbet/extras/misc/aleo.mp3)

Good thing for the reporter Harry didn't have fist like Burt Reynolds and his run-in with a dope of an interviewer http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

It does appear that Harry & Co will put up the money ($90,000) to supplement LITF for the Breeders' Cup, which he is otherwise not allowed to enter.

SF Chronicle 8/28 "'Fog' remains undefeated -- 9-for-9" (http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2005/08/28/SPGC8EEKOM1.DTL)

excerpt:

Before the race, Aleo snapped at an ESPN reporter who asked about Lost in the Fog in the context of a lifetime that included fighting in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

"You're asking me to compare a horse that's 8-for-8 with the God-damned Battle of the Bulge?" Aleo answered.

[snip]

Lost in the Fog completed 7 furlongs in 1:22.56, assuring that his Beyer Speed Figure will exceed 100 as it did in all of his previous races.

"I can't think of another horse that's done that," said Andrew Beyer, the father of the respected speed figures that are published in the Daily Racing Form. "Formal Gold ran 16 times in a career that started when he was a 3-year- old, and he once dipped to 99. He ended his career with 126, 124 and 125. He never won an Eclipse Award, but he certainly was the best horse of the 1990s figure-wise."

Lost in the Fog tied Ema Bovary for the second-longest winning streak by a Northern California horse, trailing only Hap Logue, who won 11 in a row in 1973. But while Hap Logue ran in starter allowance races in the Bay Area, Lost in the Fog has won eight straight stakes events and three each in New York and Florida.

Gilchrist said he would be inclined to train Lost in the Fog up to the Breeders' Cup rather than run in another race beforehand. Lost in the Fog has been shipped back to Golden Gate Fields to train between each of his starts and will return there again Tuesday.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 29, 2005, 07:12 PM
An update regarding LITF's condition post race and a possible for running in the G1 Vosburgh at Belmont (10/1/05) before the Breeders' Cup:

DRF 8/29/05 - "Fog's connections mull options" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/68089.html)

excerpt:

Gilchrist said Monday that he would sit down this week with owner Harry Aleo and formulate a plan for the remainder of the year. Gilchrist said everything would be discussed, including stopping on the colt, stretching him out in distance, or pointing to the Breeders' Cup. Gilchrist said running in the Sprint is his preferred option. Aleo would have to supplement Lost in the Fog to the Breeders' Cup for a fee of $90,000.

Gilchrist said if the decision were made to run in the Breeders' Cup then he would have to decide how best to get there. Gilchrist said he would likely to ship Lost in the Fog to Belmont Park 2 1/2 to 3 weeks before the Breeders' Cup, so adding another week to that schedule and running in the Vosburgh is an option.

"The only way I might come is if he came home and showed no ill effects from the race,'' Gilchrist said Monday from his Golden Gate Fields barn. "I could possibly go to the Vosburgh and stay. That's something that's very remote, but it certainly is a possibility.''

Lost in the Fog, whose victory in the King's Bishop ran his record to 9 for 9, was due to fly back to northern California on Tuesday. Gilchrist said that Lost in the Fog was tired after the race and that jockey Russell Baze told him "inside the sixteenth pole I was out of gas, there was no horse left.''

Gilchrist said that everything was fine with Lost in the Fog's left hind foot, which had developed a quarter crack after the last race. Gilchrist said that Lost in the Fog would resume training in a bar shoe that protects the quarter crack. He did not race in a bar shoe.

Gilchrist said he would have no problem training Lost in the Fog up to the Breeders' Cup Sprint. It would be 63 days between races. Lost in the Fog had 48 days between the Carry Back at Calder and King's Bishop.

"We went from six to seven furlongs this time,'' Gilchrist said. "We're going from seven back to six. My license says 'Trainer' - I ought to be able to do that.''

GT's Filly
Aug. 30, 2005, 06:09 AM
I'm no racing guru, so I'm curious about opinions. Do you think the extra furlong made the difference in stamina for LITF? If so how do you think he'll fair in the Breeders Cup Sprint?

Kinsa
Aug. 30, 2005, 09:04 AM
Glimmerglass,

Thank you so much for that last post. I have been worrying about the quarter crack, so to hear that the race didn't affect it is a relief. Do you suppose that Gilchrist revealed that LITF was tired after the race in an effort to get some more serious competition to face him on the track? Why else would he share a possible weakness? Or is he just a really honest guy? Just curious as to what his thoughts were.

JER
Aug. 30, 2005, 10:52 AM
Ray Paulick has a nice column on LITF at the Blood-Horse: Rolling Along -- Ray Paulick (http://opinions.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=29745)

He calls LITF "America's most popular racehorse" and notes that an Aug 29 poll of racing writers shows they consider LITF to be the nation's best runner as well. I think as of last week, LITF was left off a number of writers' lists and earning lowly places on others. Winning a Grade 1 at Saratoga probably has something to do with it but it's been clear for a while that LITF is something special.

As for distances, LITF has set track records at 6 and 6 1/2 f so he might be better suited to under 7 f but I think the important thing for his trainer is to keep LITF's confidence up. This is a horse who believes in himself and you don't want to mess with a winning attitude.

ejm
Aug. 30, 2005, 02:25 PM
Originally posted by GT's Filly:
I'm no racing guru, so I'm curious about opinions. Do you think the extra furlong made the difference in stamina for LITF? If so how do you think he'll fair in the Breeders Cup Sprint?

The BC Sprint is 6 furlongs, which should suit him very well.

Drumbiggle
Aug. 30, 2005, 03:33 PM
I still think the hype on this fella is premature. The K'sB was his first grade 1, and in fairness the feild wasn't great, plus he still has to race against older horses, so there's plenty of unanswered questions.
He needs to win the BC sprint before he can be crowned HotY. Then a win at the big sprint in Dubai next March would really would make him undisputed Sprint champ of the world.

Would love to see LITF and Silent Witness go head to head over 6F.... that would be a juicy match up.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 31, 2005, 06:49 AM
Originally posted by Drumbiggle:
I still think the hype on this fella is premature. The K'sB was his first grade 1, and in fairness the feild wasn't great, plus he still has to race against older horses, so there's plenty of unanswered questions.

I agree that before any serious talk of HOTY - as do his connections - he has to win his remaining races which include beating older horses.

Do I think he deserves the hype? I think as Greg and Harry has said, they've taken on all comers. If other elects to shy away and not enter they aren't going to chase after "them" and get out gunned.

The horse does his job, does it exceptionally well, and for a whole host of reasons his 3-yr old campaign is one of the few bright spots in racing as a story line.

No drama in the sense that was generated with Afleet Alex - although Alex never broke track records like LITF has - but yet he still plugs away. He has traveled in 2005 with more frequent flyer miles and success than any other horse this year.

On the topic of 3-yr old HOTY if not LITF, who would be worthy of it? Again Alex recovered amazingly to win the Preakness yet won Belmont against a field that I can't was overwhelming.

As for Bellamy Road he's looked to be a one race wonder horse as so many other horses have been this year. Who is still a threat at the end of the year? No Declans Moon, no Rockport Harbor, no Sweet Catomine, no Scrappy T, no Galloping Grocer, no High Fly, no ... well you get the picture. They win a big graded stakes race and poof they can't return to the circle or even the track again.

Only one horse left that actually scares off other horses that I can see - Lost In The Fog http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

gilmanr
Aug. 31, 2005, 07:47 PM
No guru myself, but I suspect that Gilchrest/Baze commented on LITF's running out of gas because that's exactly what happened. I don't think anyone's a bigger fan than me, but LITF's performance on Saturday was more visually impressive than brilliant; the final furlong in 13 and 2 was unlike him, and the time for 7f was only two ticks faster than what Watchmon (a pretty mediocre middle allowance 3YO) ran earlier in the day. I do believe that the quarter crack led to less rigorous training over the last 6 weeks, but LITF has had several performances that were, for him, sub-par (the Riva Ridge and the Sunshine Millions come to mind). He has always bounced back from these efforts brilliantly.
With respect to Dubai, I'm doubtful. After Soviet Problem lost the BC Sprint by a nose, Gilchrest shipped her overseas and had a bad experience; SP was retired soon afterward. Gilchrest strikes me as a man who learns his lessons well.

JER
Sep. 3, 2005, 09:10 PM
Today's 7f Grade 1 for older horses at Saratoga (the Forego?) was won in 1:22.59, just a hair slower than LITF's time.

gilmanr
Sep. 3, 2005, 10:12 PM
LITF earned a 105 Beyer for the KB; seems about right. The DRF's Clockmaker grudgingly raised his ranking among sprinters to #4 (!). Puzzling, to say the least. Forest Danger disappointed again in the Forego, and LITF is simply the only consistent performer in this division.

Glimmerglass
Sep. 6, 2005, 06:20 AM
From the Boston Globe of all publications a few days ago .. nothing terribly new but at least making some noise in other big city newspapers.

Clearly, 'Fog' is special
Sprinter will be a factor in Horse of Year picture

By Ron Indrisano, Globe Staff
September 3, 2005 Boston Globe (http://www.boston.com/sports/other_sports/horse_racing/articles/2005/09/03/clearly_fog_is_special?mode=PF)

Sprinters are often treated as second-class citizens in the racing game, with deference almost always going to horses who can cover a distance. But every once in a while a sprinter comes along who is so good he is taken seriously.

Lost in the Fog is such a horse. At 9 for 9 for his career, and 7 for 7 this season, the son of Lost Soldier is a contender not only for 3-year-old champion, but also Horse of the Year. If he wins the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint against older horses at Belmont Park Oct. 29, his credentials will have to be weighed against those of fellow sophomore Afleet Alex, who captured the Preakness and Belmont but is now on the shelf with ankle woes.

Last Saturday, Lost in the Fog survived a major bump at the break, then ran away from the field in the $250,000 King's Bishop Stakes at Saratoga. Ridden by Russell Baze, he went through a quarter in :22, a half in :44 3/5, and 6 furlongs in 1:09. At that point he had a lead of 5 1/2 lengths, and the 7-furlong race was effectively over. He crossed under the wire 4 3/4 lengths in front in 1:22 2/5.

This year, Lost in the Fog has won four times at 7 furlongs and three times at 6 furlongs. He is so fast in the early going that he is clearly at his best running 6 furlongs -- his margins of victory are 4 1/2, 10, and 7 1/4 lengths -- and that is the distance of the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

''It always seems like there is other speed in the race, but when they kick in, Lost in the Fog is always in front," said Greg Gilchrist, who trains Lost in the Fog for owner Harry Aleo. ''I sure like seeing those orange silks on the lead, and when Russell is looking behind him when he's 3 [lengths] in front, that's an even better feeling. This is the first Grade I I've ever won, and it's great.

''People have to realize he ships around [his last six races have been at different tracks: Gulfstream, Aqueduct, Golden Gate, Belmont, Calder, and Saratoga]. To keep putting on these kinds of performances, it just takes a special horse to do that. I think he is recognized by the right people. He makes it look so easy. I think his chances of being at Belmont Park a couple of months from now are very good. If I had my druthers, I would like to train him up to the Breeders' Cup. If I can find something in California against older horses, that would be a possibility."

''This horse has handled so many tracks that I didn't see the Saratoga track being a big factor," said Baze. ''You've got to take your hat off to Greg. He's taken good care of this horse, and entered him in races where he belongs. A couple of guys have said he hasn't met the best, but we've taken on all comers, and he's handled them pretty nicely."

All seven races Lost in the Fog, a mere $48,000 yearling, has won this season have been stakes. In succession, he took the Sunshine Millions Dash (at Gulfstream), the Swale, the Bay Shore, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Riva Ridge, the Carry Back, and the King's Bishop.

''You don't get one like him too often," said Gilchrist. ''It's all in his makeup. He gets bored with his surroundings if he's in one place too long. If you ship him, it picks him right back up. If he did win out, that's a pretty good record. I think it would be good enough to win the Eclipse Award, but I don't know how people will look at it. Sprinters aren't held in the same esteem as horses who go the route. But you're asking the wrong guy, because I'd certainly vote for him. It's going to be very hard not to support a horse who's 10 for 10.

''I certainly think he can make a mile. I have no doubt about that. If you get past a mile, that's something we'll all have to find out. If he could go out to a mile and one-eighth or longer, your guess is as good as mine. But I bet he'd be in front. Keeping him in sprints is the track we took. It's worked for us.

''Next year you'll see him go a route. We haven't been afraid to go a route. It's just that the sprint races came along at a good time. We weren't real serious about running in the Kentucky Derby. We didn't feel the Derby was our best chance to win. He would have been right up on the pace, and it would have been suicide for us. I'm sure there's going to be a day we'll all meet and answer the question of who's best."

Glimmerglass
Sep. 6, 2005, 11:04 AM
From the Daily Racing Form (http://www.drf.com/news/article/68307.html)
Gilchrist: BC Sprint is 'definite' for Fog
By CHUCK DYBDAL
SAN MATEO, Calif. - Trainer Greg Gilchrist confirmed Monday that Lost in the Fog will run in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Belmont on Oct. 29.

Gilchrist said Lost in the Fog would run in either the Grade 1, $500,000 Vosburgh at Belmont on Oct. 1, which would be Lost in the Fog's first meeting against older horses, or just train up to the Sprint. If Gilchrist opts to run in the Vosburgh, he said he will keep Lost in the Fog at Belmont until the Breeders' Cup

....continued (http://www.drf.com/news/article/68307.html)

also on a related noted -

Frisco Star out two months

The talented 2-year-old Frisco Star, a stablemate of Lost in the Fog who set a track record at Santa Rosa in his debut, will be on the sidelines for two months with sore shins. Gilchrist said he had hoped to run Frisco Star on Wednesday in an allowance race at Bay Meadows, but the race didn't fill.

Gilchrist said the shins will be pin-fired, and Frisco Star would be given September and October off before coming back sometime in November.

Glimmerglass
Sep. 7, 2005, 05:46 PM
Looks like those of you in the Bay area might get to see LITF one more time before the BC Sprint http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif And taking on older horses no less

TB Times 9-7-05 "Bay Meadows hoping ’Fog’ rolls in on October 1" (http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/todaysnews/newsview.asp?recno=57310&subsec=2)

Excerpt:

Bay Meadows Race Course announced Wednesday that it was adding a stakes to its fall meet with the goal of enticing the sprint sensation Lost in the Fog, who is based in the Bay Area at nearby Golden Gate Fields.

The six-furlong race, dubbed the Speed Handicap and carrying a purse of $100,000, is open to three-year-olds and older and will be run on Saturday, October 1.

"I’m very happy this race has come about," said Gilchrist. "It definitely would fit our schedule well. I’d have to say we’re very interested."

haligator
Sep. 10, 2005, 09:11 AM
Hi All,
I just can't stop thinking about Lost In The Fog - what a horse!

I know a lot of people think he still has more to prove, but I'm not one of them. I haven't been this passionate about a horse since Smarty Jones, and it was a long time before that going back to Personal Ensign in terms of my endearment.

This is a special horse with a special crew, and I'm not going to miss a minute of his career. And, I'm so glad that Russell has the ride of his life....

Last year, the voters made a HUGE mistake in naming Ghostzapper HOTY rather than Smarty Jones (because, I believe, the voters were 'rewarding' Stronach for saying he would run the horse another year....and then we only had one more start).

People who don't know horse racing all said to me "why wasn't Smarty Jones named HOTY?" and "who is Ghostzapper?" The voters have to remember the public when casting those ballots otherwise this sport will still continue to decline. Popularity counts! Smarty did more for racing than Ghostzapper did. Was Ghostzapper a better horse? Maybe. But when all is said and done, the public twenty years from now will remember Smarty Jones.

And, from all the people who saw LITF at Saratoga, they'll not forget him soon. I hope that he keeps rolling along, and the voters look kindly upon a sprinter for a change....

Hallie McEvoy
Racing Dreams, LLC

Glimmerglass
Sep. 15, 2005, 07:08 AM
Nothing we haven't read before, but another positive article: Daily Racing Form 9/15/05: "BC Sprint: Absence of other stars keeps the spotlight on Lost in the Fog" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/68576.html)

excerpt: Lost in the Fog has combined his blinding speed, an unblemished record, and the popularity he achieved by traveling from coast to coast to rise from relative anonymity when the year began to the likely favorite for the Sprint. His is also one of the most compelling stories of this year's Breeders' Cup program.

[snip]

Contenders
3-year-olds & up, 6 furlongs. Purse: $1 million.

RANK HORSE TRAINER ODDS

1 Commentator N. Zito 5-1

Six furlongs may be too short, but is capable of some very fast races

2 Woke Up Dreamin B. Baffert 4-1

Freshened after two good wins in important sprint stakes; very logical

3 Pomeroy P. Biancone 6-1

He ran right out of his mind in his dazzling victory in the Vanderbilt

4 Lost in the Fog G. Gilchrist 2-1

America's darling hasn't beaten a good horse, let alone an older one

5 Battle Won C. Simon 10-1

Runs well everywhere he goes, but three straight seconds are a worry

6 Pico Central P. Lobo 12-1

A lost season so far for the best one-turn horse in the country last year

7 Greg's Gold D. Hofmans 12-1

Recently emerged with his Crosby win; next race will tell if he's for real

8 Wildcat Heir B. W. Perkins Jr. 15-1

The 2004 De Francis winner has talent; he also has lots of layoff lines

9 Unfurl the Flag D. Bernstein 20-1

A sixth as the chalk in the Crosby failed to back up his Triple Bend win

10 Mass Media R. Frankel 15-1

Upset winner of Forego has to prove he wasn't being an opportunist

The top 10 contenders for each of the eight Breeders' Cup races are ranked by Mike Watchmaker, who set the odds and wrote the comments. Actual Breeders' Cup fields will have up to 14 starters.

lizathenag
Sep. 15, 2005, 04:41 PM
just made my reservation for a table at the turf club. they are very busy.

Kinsa
Sep. 16, 2005, 10:31 AM
LITF worked 4 furlongs in 47.20 handily this morning at Golden Gate Fields per GGF webpage.

Kinsa
Sep. 19, 2005, 05:31 PM
Does anyone have any information on how his quarter crack is doing? Is he still working with the bar shoe? Is it showing signs of healing? Any updates would be greatly appreciated!

JER
Sep. 19, 2005, 06:01 PM
According the The Blood-Horse, Commentator has a shin injury and has been taken out of training.

gilmanr
Sep. 19, 2005, 06:33 PM
Glad to hear the old Turf Club is finally getting some takers. My last few visits to BM have been pretty dismal; I could count the fans on my fingers and toes. Was no real surprise to hear of its closing (more non-descript commercial developments-- just what we need). I'll definitely be there Oct.1. Hope the LITF draw will make the turnout less depressing!

lizathenag
Sep. 20, 2005, 08:40 AM
The last time I was at the BM Turf Club was Santa Anita Derby day (woe is me) and the place was jumping. I will be sad to lose it.

Glimmerglass
Sep. 20, 2005, 08:57 AM
No updates on his quarter crack, but his connections certainly don't seem to suggest it is an issue. The Albany (NY) paper spoke with Greg on Monday ...

Albany Times Union 9/20 - "Showstopper stalks stardom; Lost in the Fog likely to find his way to greatness in Breeders' Cup Sprint" (http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=400709&category=SPORTS&BCCode=HOME&newsdate=9/20/2005)

Excerpt:

Gilchrist has been watching some of the other sprint races in the late summer from his home in Castro Valley, Calif., which is 21 miles from Bay Meadows.

He saw a horse named Mass Media win the Forego at Saratoga on Sept. 5 at odds of 16-1; he'll watch the Grade I Vosburgh at Belmont the same day Lost in the Fog runs at Bay Meadows.

"If it happens that we do get to go and run in the Breeders' Cup, I expect we will be the best of the best," Gilchrist said. "I hope we're the favorite. When you are the favorite every time you run (Lost in the Fog has been), it's for a reason."

Lost in the Fog will also likely have a following on Oct. 29. Part of it is because of his catchy name; part of it is because he's so fast and undefeated.

"There is something about an undefeated horse or an undefeated football team," Gilchrist said. "It seems to draw people. And, well, maybe they just root for the underdog a little bit. We don't have the stable out here the size of (Nick) Zito and (Bobby) Frankel and (Bob) Baffert. We just try to get along with the one bullet we have in the holster. I think a lot of people will want to see us win."

Glimmerglass
Sep. 23, 2005, 10:59 AM
Wicked fast - yet again! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Lost in the Fog Sizzles in Golden Gate Work
by Lenny Shulman - The Blood-Horse (http://racing.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=30134)
9/23/2005

In his final work for the Oct. 1 Bay Meadows Speed Handicap, 3-year-old Lost in the Fog sizzled five furlongs in :57 1/5 Sept. 23 at Golden Gate Fields.

With regular rider Russell Baze aboard, Lost in the Fog broke off at the five-eighths-mile pole just after the 9 a.m. PDT renovation break. He went 33-and-change for three-eighths of a mile.

The work was several seconds faster than trainer Greg Gilchrist had wanted.

"We were looking to shade a minute," Gilchrist said. "Going this fast isn't beneficial. We just want him fresh and eager. I like works to add rather than subtract."

Gilchrist said Lost in the Fog's quarter crack looked fine, and he wasn't blowing when he came off the track.

Said Baze: "He went faster than we wanted to go. He went fast early and came home the way we wanted. But he's just so quick, he's hard to gauge."

Owner Harry Aleo was on hand for the work by Lost in the Fog (by Lost Soldier), who is undefeated in nine career starts. He won his last start, the King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, and is being pointed to the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Oct. 29 at Belmont Park.

lizathenag
Sep. 23, 2005, 11:30 AM
turns out Oct 1 is Lost in the Fog t-shirt day.
hope they don't run out before I get there.
I still have my Holy Bull t-shirt somewhere.
LITF t-shirt (http://www.baymeadows.com/season/events/event.php?id=41)

Glimmerglass
Sep. 23, 2005, 11:47 AM
Liza I love the slogan - "The Fog Rolls In Over Bay Meadows" http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Adding to the "event": HorseRacing TV (HRTV) will broadcast from Bay Meadows Oct. 1 as Lost in the Fog looks to remain undefeated in the $100,000 Speed Handicap, his final tune-up for the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Oct. 29 at Belmont Park. HRTV's Laffit Pincay III will be on-hand to anchor the network's coverage from the San Mateo track.

I don't think TVG is able to get video access to it - live that is at least (http://www.tvg.com/iefive/loggedinmain.asp?direction=http://www.tvg.com/iefive/schedule/split.asp?view=upcoming)

JER
Sep. 23, 2005, 01:31 PM
Pico Central is retired (http://breeding.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=30124)

Another one out of the BC Sprint.

Glimmerglass
Sep. 23, 2005, 02:35 PM
Originally posted by JER:
Pico Central is retired (http://breeding.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=30124)

Another one out of the BC Sprint.

JER, the Breeders' Cup is looking to be such a non-event with the lack of horsepower on either side of the pond this year going to Belmont. Kitten's Joy is a no-go; no Discreet Cat, who Godolphin just bought; nor two other Godolphin recent buys - Proclamation and Imperial Stride in the BC turf; Plus all the injured horses - Bellamy Road, Afleet Alex, Commentator, Declan's Moon, Funny Cide, and so forth

In the Sprint, Wildcat Heir, who had the highest Beyer speed rating at 117 (higher than anything by LITF this year) is likely a no-go either due to a foot abscess (http://www.drf.com/news/article/68763.html).

All that will be there to pump of the US crowd will be Leroidesanimaux in the BC Mile and Lost in the Fog in the BC Sprint.

gilmanr
Sep. 27, 2005, 07:09 PM
Interesting story on LITF's early development and temperament:

http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/thisweek/weekview.asp?recno=57760

Kinsa
Sep. 28, 2005, 02:12 PM
Here's the race card for Saturday:

Bay Meadows Card - 10/1/05 (http://www.baymeadows.com/frame.php?f=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.equibase.com%2Fpremiu m%2FeqbEntriesCalendar.cfm%3FTRK%3DBM%26CY%3DUSA%2 6STYLE%3DEQB&PHPSESSID=0c8ace0c28ce14634f3d79cd3bc83516)

Notice he's giving THIRTEEN POUNDS to one horse. (Gee, I feel sorry for that jockey!)

Who all is going to be there? I am!

Glimmerglass
Sep. 28, 2005, 02:24 PM
Kinsa - I think this link to Equibase (http://www.equibase.com/premium/eqbRaceEntriesDisplay.cfm?TRK=BM&CY=USA&DATE=10/01/2005&STYLE=EQB#8) goes right to the Saturday Bay Meadows schedule of cards. This will be race #8 for the day.

Note the apropos entry in race #4 - "Mardi Gras Riot" http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

JER
Sep. 28, 2005, 02:50 PM
Notice he's giving THIRTEEN POUNDS to one horse. (Gee, I feel sorry for that jockey!)


At least he's not running in NY -- that 13 pounds could have been about 30 pounds!

Kinsa, you're lucky. I'm sure it'll be a great time. It's very nice that BM put this race together and even better that Aleo/Gilchrist are doing this for the local fans.

lizathenag
Sep. 28, 2005, 02:56 PM
we have a table in the terrace.

JER
Sep. 28, 2005, 03:20 PM
Anyone planning to take photos in the paddock?

I'm in SF briefly on Saturday (layover at airport). I should've arranged it around the race!

Kinsa
Sep. 28, 2005, 05:36 PM
My digital camera can do up to 3 minutes of movie. I'm hoping to get the whole race from gate to wire. I'm also hoping to get pictures in the paddock and Winner's Circle. (:

Can I post things here or do I put them on a web page and then post the link? Or I could email things to folks directly. If you want to have me email pics or movie, email me directly at kinsa1@yahoo.com. Thanks!


Also, didn't know if y'all had seen this artwork. T-Shirts and lithographs, etc.

LITF by Delgado ("Painter of Legends") (http://www.painteroflegends.com/lostinthefog.html)

Glimmerglass
Sep. 29, 2005, 06:30 AM
A longer article - with some photos - in the San Jose Mercury News 9-28-05 - "At last, Lost in the Fog ready for his close-up" (http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/12761075.htm)

excerpt:

The best thoroughbreds, Gilchrist explained, know they're good. Lost in the Fog carries himself in an imperial manner. Gilchrist warned that if you get too close, the horse might respond with a bite or swift kick.

``He has a personality that's very much like a human,'' Gilchrist said. ``He gets bored easily. Once he's done something two or three times, it's like, `Let's move on to something else.' I think that's why he travels so well.''

Interesting horse fact: Lost in the Fog is shipped by FedEx. And no, it's not in a really big envelope. The horse, which has raced in four states, flies in a specially designed stall.

Now that would be a perfect basis for an ad campaign for the overnight shipper!
.................

Another article of interest:

NBC Sports/Bob Neumeier 9-28-05 "Pay attention to Lost in the Fog; Undefeated horse doesn't get enough respect, could be Horse of the Year" (http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9514952/)

excerpt:


Fact is, they have managed the horse superbly.

In the run-up to the Breeders’ Cup, you can bet the house that Lost in the Fog will be dissed by a never-satisfied segment of racing analysts. You’ll hear the following:

1 - he hasn’t beaten anybody
2 - can’t possibly whip older horses
3 - will get chewed up in early pace duel
4 - Gilchrist and rider Russell Baze lack BC experience.

Bring it on.

If the gambling public listens to the knocks, the believers like me will get a better price at the windows.

I’ll take 3-1 anyday on a Horse-of-the-Year.

Glimmerglass
Sep. 29, 2005, 08:18 AM
With respect to LITF's foes on Saturday you might count Denny Crane (http://abc.go.com/primetime/bostonlegal/cast_bios_dc.html) as someone in the stands http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif William Shatner is partner in one of the entries up against LITF - Stormin' Lyon (http://www.crestwoodfarm.com/news-sb-2004.shtml).

lizathenag
Sep. 29, 2005, 09:44 AM
Although I am an original Trekkie (I rarely dress as Klingon warrior princess anymore) and my daughter was is the movie Trekkies 2, I never really appreciated William Shatner until Denny Crane. He is wonderful.
Thanks for the heads up!

Glimmerglass
Sep. 29, 2005, 12:21 PM
Liza - now that is a pretty cool 'six degrees of separation' story. I never was into the Star Trek thing myself and I've only seen maybe a few episodes from the Shatner days. I recall him more from TJ Hooker actually http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Now Boston Legal I really enjoy a lot! If Shatner was joined by goddess Rhona Mitra (Tara Wilson on the show) then I'd make yet another special trip to see LITF http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Alas Shatner with Stormin' Lyon might have to ask Scotty to give him from above all the power he's got to take on Fog ...

Glimmerglass
Sep. 30, 2005, 07:13 AM
It is very nice to see the local newspapers devoting as much ink as they have to horse racing and Lost In The Fog! From a thousand miles away it would appear the area is trying to say - "hey we have something special here, check it out"

Some more insight on his personality:

SF Chronicle 9-30-05 "Fog trainer tries to do 'right thing'" (http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2005/09/30/SPGPNF01RJ1.DTL)

excerpt:

"Does 1:07.32 mean anything? [Greg Gilchrist] said. "Does all that traveling mean anything? Some pretty nice horses have run at Golden Gate over the years, but none ever ran 1:07.32. You can just go round and round with that; when can you prove enough? In my mind he's doing everything he's ever been asked to do. I admire him a helluva lot more now than I did six months ago, when I knew he was a real runner.

"I've never had a horse that wants to run as much as this horse. He loves his job, and he's a real smart animal. As race day gets closer, he gets calmer. Sometimes on race day he' just lying down and I have to wake him up. He saves all that energy waiting for the bell to ring."

NMS
Sep. 30, 2005, 08:38 AM
HOY for a sprinter? I surely hope so.

gilmanr
Oct. 1, 2005, 06:14 PM
Just got back from the track-- what a great experience. Not much of a race, of course, but the place was PACKED and the love affair between the Bay Area and this horse was very much in evidence. Normally, the race fans I see out here look pretty, um. . . hard boiled. But there were hordes of the uninitiated who had made their first trip to BM to see this horse. Don't know that I have anything you haven't seen before, but anyone who wants to see what The Great One looked like today can e-mail me at dgilmanr@comcast.net. A couple of the pix came out pretty well. Let the countdown to Belmont begin. . . .

Glimmerglass
Oct. 1, 2005, 08:39 PM
Great to see that ESPN picked up the coverage - albeit that I wasn't able to catch it - showing it on ESPN News no less http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

From the Blood-Horse (http://bc.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=30288): Lost in the Fog drew an on-track crowd of 8,314 -- more than double a normal Saturday at Bay Meadows with a giveaway.

Great to see the fan support and more then a few Chronicle folks adding to that tally!

Also very nice to see that while his competition was slim, his effort never the less was strong: 7 3/4-length victory, final time of 1:08.05 was just .8 seconds slower than the track record. Considering he wasn't even asked to go-go-go you know he would've broken the track record .. if they wanted to http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Worth noting: Today's (G2)$750k Louisiana Super Derby winner, The Daddy, a purported sprinter by trade, had the stuffing knocked out of him at Spa by Lost In The Fog (I was there) and yet was able to stretch out fine for 1 1/4 mi effort ... hmm .. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

On to Belmont, where the Fog will rapidly roll in!

lizathenag
Oct. 1, 2005, 09:35 PM
This horse deserves to be horse of the year. There were lots of folks at the track for the first time (having fun) just to see him. THe saddling area was packed with kids being held up on their parents shoulders to see THE HORSE!! I have seen a few wonderful horses in my life but never have seen a reception like this.
I was sad they scratched Denny Crane's horse. oh well.

All those first time bettors gave me fits at the window.

But I did hit my first trifecta thank to LITF. It paid 2.60. oh well.

Kinsa
Oct. 1, 2005, 10:19 PM
Well, as the cashier said when he paid me $21 for my $20 win ticket, "It's about being part of history." What a treat to be able to see him in person!

I'm sorry to say that my movie of the race didn't turn out - except the bit at the finish line. But I did get a couple good shots in the Winner's Circle. I'll post them in the next day or two.

On a sad note, do any of you that were there know the outcome of the horses that were injured today? One in the 9th and one in the 10th?

gilmanr
Oct. 2, 2005, 08:40 AM
Well, my pictures didn't turn out as well as I'd hoped, either. It was fun hearing from some of you, though, and recounting the race. Liza's mention of the newbies at the ticket window cracked me up, and they did provide some of the best entertainment of the day. In the saddling area LITF was surrounded by eight or nine photographers as the other horses ambled about unmolested. A woman standing to my right was openly weeping; I smiled sympathetically, thinking she was caught up in the moment. But she explained, "I just feel so sorry for the other horses," and broke free of the crowd to take pictures of a confused looking Jeffries Bay. After the race, a woman ten feet behind me began screaming hysterically when she realized she'd nabbed the trifecta (I'm assuming this wasn't you, Kinsa!). When her husband realized she'd won $1.30, he doubled over laughing as she stared at the tote board. I felt so sorry for her... until she let out another shriek, pumped her fists in the air and yelled, "I won $1.30!" Finally, in the winner's circle, as Harry Aleo waved to his admirers, a man who appeared to be only about ten years less grizzled than Harry himself stopped applauding long enough to confide, "First time in my life I've clapped for a goddam Republican." If you're familiar with the political climate in the Bay Area, you'll understand that Lost in the Fog really did work magic that day.

Glimmerglass
Oct. 2, 2005, 05:53 PM
The San Francisco Chronicle has a good picture of LITF cruising to Saturday's victory (http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?f=/chronicle/archive/2005/10/02/SPGS5F1DHV1.DTL&o=0) http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


Originially posted by gilmanr:

Finally, in the winner's circle, as Harry Aleo waved to his admirers, a man who appeared to be only about ten years less grizzled than Harry himself stopped applauding long enough to confide, "First time in my life I've clapped for a goddam Republican."

Now that should be one of year-end top quotes http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Glimmerglass
Oct. 3, 2005, 11:01 AM
One less competitor in the BC Sprint for LITF:

TB Times 10-3-05 "Woke Up Dreamin retired after Vosburgh" (http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/todaysnews/newsview.asp?recno=57969&subsec=2)

JER
Oct. 3, 2005, 05:17 PM
And one more: Blood-horse: Imperialism May Bypass Classic for Sprint (http://bc.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=30324).

Sounds like his connections want to go to the Breeders Cup and after his lackluster performance on Saturday, there's not much point in entering the Classic.

Glimmerglass
Oct. 3, 2005, 07:16 PM
I'd think it would be rather dicy to put Imperialism up against LITF in the BC Sprint http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

DRF 10-3-05 "It's on to the Breeders' Cup for victorious Lost in the Fog" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/69117.html)

Lost in the Fog made short work of his opponents, demonstrating his greatest strength during the victory by running his second quarter as fast as his first. He ran his opening quarter in 22.42 seconds, his second quarter in 22.43 seconds, and came home in 23.20 seconds, including an 11.63 final eighth. His final time of 1:08.05 was good for a 114 Beyer Speed Figure.

Glimmerglass
Oct. 4, 2005, 09:13 PM
For those folks who have been hounding Harry & Co. to sell Lost In The Fog, they are partially in luck - his dam will be auctioned off:

DRF 10/4/05 - "Lost in the Fog's dam for sale" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/69131.html)

Fasig-Tipton Kentucky will begin Kentucky's breeding stock auction season on Nov. 6 with 189 horses in its catalog, including the dam of undefeated Grade 1 winner Lost in the Fog, Cloud Break, and the Grade 1-winning mare Riskaverse.

gilmanr
Oct. 12, 2005, 10:01 PM
DRF is dropping the following names for the sprint: Roman Ruler, Lost in the Fog, Pomeroy, Battle Won, Taste of Paradise, Lion Tamer, Gygistar, Imperialism, High Fly, Silver Train, Elusive Jazz, Estate Collection, and perhaps I'm The Tiger, Captain Squire and Wildcat Heir (pending a work this weekend). Of course, there's still plenty of time for things to change, but this is a race that traditionally fills up. LITF is very unlikely to hold the lead after a quarter; if he can come through this one with his record unscathed he should certainly garner more HOTY speculation... especially with Afleet Alex confirmed out of the Classic, IMHO.

Glimmerglass
Oct. 20, 2005, 09:00 AM
This is going to be one heck of a challenge against him. But he is up to the task largely because he can run his final fractions even faster then his first.

Some assorted bits of updates ...

Blood-Horse 10-20-05 "Mulhall Aboard for Imperialism's Drive-By Drill" (http://bc.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=30586)

"I have all the respect in the world for Lost in the Fog, but I think they are going to be attacking him," she said.

DRF 10-20-05 "BC Sprint: Fog fails to scare off competition" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/69571.html)

If all 14 make it into the starting gate, it will be the first time a full field has contested the six-furlong Sprint since the Breeders' Cup was last held at Belmont Park in 2001.

Attila's Storm and Lifestyle were the most surprising of the pre-entrants, and their presence could have a major impact on the race. Both horses have been on or with the pace in each of their seven career starts, and they should provide Lost in the Fog with his stiffest challenge for the lead in the Sprint.

San Fran Chronicle 10-20-05 "Lost in the Fog lifts the haze from the Breeders' Cup Sprint" (http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2005/10/20/SPGKLFB5VM1.DTL)

excerpt:

"The Sprint is pretty much the same every year," Gilchrist said. "When the man kicks it open, it's going to be 21 (seconds for the first quarter-mile), 43 (for the half-mile), and it's going to be an all-out jailbreak."

Lost in the Fog has led from the start in all but two of his races and ran in second place early in those.

"He's been on the lead, but that's not necessarily by design," Gilchrist said. "We take him off of horses in the mornings. If he draws way to the inside (post position), we're going to send; it takes away the other option. He's faced pretty much all of it; there will be nothing new. He's doing just as well as he ever has, so I see no reason that he is not going to go out and turn in a real good one again."

Glimmerglass
Oct. 20, 2005, 11:57 AM
200 of the faithful showed up at Golden Gate Fields at 9 am today to see LITF in his final workout. He'll be shipped - via FedEx as always - to Belmont this Saturday.

Blood-Horse 10-20-05 "Lost in the Fog Works at Golden Gate; Ships Saturday" (http://bc.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=30605)

With regular rider Russell Baze aboard, Lost in the Fog glided through his work, going the opening furlong in :12 1/5, the first quarter of a mile in :24, three furlongs in :36, and four furlongs in :48 1/5.

RioTex
Oct. 20, 2005, 03:29 PM
I wish him a safe trip. We had a Fed Ex plane crash land into a home this week.

In the Air
Oct. 20, 2005, 06:08 PM
I admit, I don't follow racing, so I will ask a dumb question, when is the Breeders Cup? I want to watch this race...

Glimmerglass
Oct. 21, 2005, 09:19 AM
Originally posted by In the Air:
I admit, I don't follow racing, so I will ask a dumb question, when is the Breeders Cup? I want to watch this race...

Not a dumb question. This will be the last year that the BC is aired on NBC Sports - next year it goes to ESPN. And it looks to be one of the largest and strongest cards in years.

The official site: breederscup.com (http://www.breederscup.com/) Also worth looking at is The Blood-Horse magazine's on-line BC section (http://bc.bloodhorse.com/index.asp)

It is Saturday October 29th at Belmont Park (Elmont, NY) at 1 pm eastern.

The TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint is the tentatively the 6th race on the card (http://www.ntra.com/bc_division_pages.aspx?id=15080)

Sadly the on line race videos of past performances (http://www.ntra.com/videoArchive.aspx) feature NONE with Lost In The Fog.

As for LITF's safe passage to NY tomorrow I'm sure FedEx will take extra care of their multi-million dollar equine package http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

SeaOat
Oct. 21, 2005, 10:11 AM
We hope to meet him on our home turf in the DeFrancis Dash http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif, assuming Fog comes out of the BC fine.

Glimmerglass
Oct. 21, 2005, 11:29 AM
Assoc Press/Fox Sports 10-21-05 "Horse of Year contenders up for grabs at Breeders' Cup" (http://msn.foxsports.com/horseracing/story/5010436?CMP=OTC-K9B140813162&ATT=241)

excerpt:

But don't count out Lost in the Fog, who looms six furlongs away from a chance to claim three Eclipse Awards - for top sprinter, top 3-year-old and Horse of the Year.

[snip]

"Basically, in my eyes, it comes down to Afleet Alex and whoever wins the Classic," trainer Todd Pletcher began before correcting his omission: "Lost in the Fog. I left him out. If he were to win the Sprint, I think he puts himself in position to make a strong case for not only Horse of the Year, but champion 3-year-old."

JER
Oct. 22, 2005, 04:49 PM
High Fly is injured. Count another one out.

Jerry Bailey will now be riding Roman Ruler in the Sprint.

High Fly injured (http://bc.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=30642)

JER
Oct. 23, 2005, 08:17 PM
Cancel that. Roman Ruler out of BC. (http://bc.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=30666)

Well... Jerry Bailey's available now.

Equinetech
Oct. 23, 2005, 09:16 PM
Jeez! What in the world?

If one were a conspiracy theorist, one could hypothesize that some people are afraid to face LITF and are "seeing things" like lame horses lol

Hope Roman Ruler, High Fly, and the others recover quickly.

La Luz
Oct. 24, 2005, 06:07 AM
I'd be afraid to face LITF even if I had one of those horses...I mean, if he wins the Sprint, then...I dunno. They might have to start paying people to race against him. He's a monster.

Glimmerglass
Oct. 24, 2005, 09:32 AM
Tons of articles on LITF both discussing the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint race and his chance for Horse of The Year http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Courier-Journal 10-24-05 "Lost in the Fog might find perfect way to the top" (http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051024/SPORTS08/510240399/1002/SPORTS)

excerpt:

The last major horse to stay unbeaten for so long while racing strictly in the United States was 4-year-old Personal Ensign, who retired 13 for 13 (over three years) in 1988. Santa Anita Derby winner Mister Frisky went 13 for 13 in Puerto Rico and won his first 16 before losing the 1990 Kentucky Derby.

"Sure you think about it," Gilchrist said of the unbeaten streak. "You know when you really think about that? When you run at Bay Meadows and you're 1-9 and they're giving out hats and T-shirts. You're going, 'What if we don't win? Where's the back door?' "

Ocala Star-Banner 10-24-05 "Florida-bred win drought should come to an end" (http://www.ocala.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051024/NEWS/210240325/1005/sports01)

Excerpt:

And all this from a horse that was born on a small Marion County farm that no longer exists in name, was by a sire that was not well known, and was offered three times at public auction, selling the first time for a paltry $13,000.

San Fran Chronicle 10-24-05 "Baze, Fog prepare for national spotlight; Jockey says career not on line Saturday" (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/10/24/SPGVRFD3ND1.DTL)

Excerpt:

"One race doesn't make a career, but it is a race that people will remember," said Greg Gilchrist, Lost in the Fog's trainer. "It would be a punctuation mark, but it's not going to affect what he's done before or what he's going to do. He has a lot to be proud of."

[snip]

"He breaks quickly, and when the other guys see how easily he's doing it, they probably realize it would be suicide to try to go after him," Baze said. "They think he's going to crumble, but he doesn't. I don't doubt that one or two horses in the Breeders' Cup will send hard, and we'll play it by ear. He's shown that he doesn't have to have the lead if someone else wants to go too fast."

Glimmerglass
Oct. 25, 2005, 08:26 AM
I'm not sure who his exercise riders is as she isn't credited in the caption and I haven't seen it in the assorted articles.

AP Photo: Lost In the Fog, worked out @ Belmont Park Monday 10-24-05 (http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/051024/483/nyeb11410241738)

Side remarks about LITF's arrival:

TB Times 10-23-05 (http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/todaysnews/newsview.asp?recno=58454&subsec=2)

Lost in the Fog arrived at Belmont Park on Saturday night after his seventh cross-country trip of the year from Gilchrist’s base at Golden Gate Fields.

"He got off the van and was ready to go and I walked him for 45 minutes in the shedrow this morning and he was putting my arm to sleep he was pulling on me so hard," Gilchrist said. "I took him outside just to jog him up and down the road a little bit and I had to bring him back in he was bucking and playing so much. So I think he’s ready."

[snip]

Gilchrist said owner Harry Aleo plans to race Lost in the Fog through his <span class="ev_code_RED">five-year-old season</span>.

"That’s contingent on the well-being of the horse," Gilchrist said. "I think he likes to have people admire the horse. And who wouldn’t?"

Glimmerglass
Oct. 25, 2005, 03:47 PM
some reshashed bits in this article ...


Lost in the Fog's owner a bundle of nerves before Breeders' Cup

Richard Rosenblatt
Canadian Press (http://www.canada.com/components/printstory/printstory4.aspx?id=94224108-a13b-4e25-b147-f2bd8cd1af51)
Tuesday, October 25, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) - The owner is a nervous wreck before every race. The trainer has discovered that a little sarcasm works well in calming him.

"You really think he's going to run any good?" Harry Aleo asks Greg Gilchrist each time Lost in the Fog is loaded into the starting gate. "Nah, I don't think so," Gilchrist replies, pausing briefly for effect, then adding, "I wouldn't drag him over here if I didn't think he'd run good!"

Lost in the Fog is doing that, all right. He's been perfectly brilliant, in fact, winning all 10 of his career starts with surprising ease.

No pure sprinter has ever been voted an Eclipse Award for top three-year-old colt or for Horse of the Year, but that could change if Lost in the Fog wins Saturday's $1-million US Breeders' Cup Sprint at Belmont Park.

On the verge of so much racing history, the 85-year-old Aleo is more fidgety than usual.

"It's been unbelievable, mind-boggling. I'm nervous right now," Aleo said in a phone interview from his San Francisco real estate and insurance firm. "How can you not be? I've had horses for many years trying to get a good one, and this is one in a million."

And to think, a man who names horses after Bay Area places and images nearly allowed the already named Lost in the Fog to get away. At a sale in Ocala, Fla., last year, a $199,000 reserve wasn't met when bidding stalled after Gilchrist offered $195,000 on behalf of Aleo.

"He kept elbowing me to go higher, but I couldn't," Gilchrist recalled on a windy and rainy Tuesday morning at Belmont as an inquisitive Lost in the Fog peered out of his stall.

Gilchrist said he knew the colt could run, and a few weeks later Aleo bought him privately for a reported $140,000.

Ten dominating wins later at eight different tracks, from Bay Meadows to Saratoga to Turf Paradise, Aleo has been turning down offers from $8 million to $12 million to sell the horse of his dreams. "He doesn't need the money," Gilchrist said.

"You just can't buy what's happening," Aleo said.

The 57-year-old Gilchrist has a different take: "If I owned him, I wouldn't own him. I'd be on the beach in Barbados."

Aleo has been a successful businessman in the Bay Area since starting Twin Peaks Properties in 1947 after serving in the Second World War. He joined the Army after an arm injury ended a brief minor league career with the Brooklyn Dodgers - he once got Joe DiMaggio to foul out in a 1940 spring training game.

His interest in racing began in 1979 when a son-in-law gave him a book titled, "How to Make Money When Your Horse Loses." He met Gilchrist and the two have been together since.

The trainer is a third-generation horseman, the son of Boots Gilchrist. Aleo and Gilchrist previously sent out one Breeders' Cup starter - finishing second by a nose with Soviet Problem in the 1994 Sprint.

Gilchrist trains anywhere from 6-10 horses for Aleo, all based in Northern California. Names have included Harding Park (site of golf's recent American Express Championship), Frisco Fog and Baker Beach.

Aleo plans to travel east on Thursday, hang out in his hotel the next day and go to the track Saturday. "I'm not a partyer. I'm just interested in the race," he said.

And why not? Lost in the Fog puts on a quite a show.

Before his last start, at hometown track Bay Meadows in San Mateo, the colt was cheered by hundreds of Foggy followers when he entered the paddock. After winning the Speed Handicap by 7¾ lengths, the crowd of more than 8,000 roared until Lost in the Fog walked back to the barn.

The muscular colt has been cheered everywhere. At Turf Paradise in Arizona, where he set a track record for 6 1/2 furlongs and won by 14¾ lengths in his second start; at Gulfstream Park, where won the Sunshine Millions Dash and the Swale Stakes; and at all three New York tracks, where he won the Bayshore at Aqueduct, the Riva Ridge at Belmont and the Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga.

By design, Lost in the Fog was never on the Triple Crown trail, the usual path to popularity in racing these days. Think Afleet Alex, Smarty Jones and Funny Cide. But because he's undefeated, and probably because his owner, trainer and jockey (Russell Baze) are not well known, Lost in the Fog is catching on with the public.

"The undefeated thing is big here, and America roots for the underdog," Gilchrist said. "Wherever he goes, people want to see him win. It's like when you get to the Triple Crown. People come to Belmont Park that would not be there to see if a Smarty Jones or Funny Cide could win after taking the first two (Kentucky Derby, Preakness). They want to see something that's supposed to be a big deal."

The six-furlong Sprint at Belmont could be a huge deal if Lost in the Fog polishes off as many as 11 rivals. And Aleo won't have anything to be nervous about - until next year, anyway.

Glimmerglass
Oct. 26, 2005, 07:25 AM
Perhaps this should be Foggy's theme song (http://www.lyricsfreak.com/q/queen/112678.html) http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

10-26-05: sprinter, Pomeroy, drops out of BC contention (http://bc.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=30718)

He recently won the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (Grade 2) at Spa so he was one of the faster would-be challengers.

Although, CBS Sports suggest Gygistar will be a noted threat with his home-track advantage and then some.

10-26-05 "BC Sprint: Gygistar has home-field edge" (http://horseracing.sportsline.com/cbs/headlines/showarticle.aspx?articleId=4238)


Note: Greg Gilchrist canceled Lost in the Fog's scheduled gallop on Tuesday because of the Nor'easter. It was only 30-something degrees with wind chill Tuesday at Belmont! Lost in the Fog was expected to gallop Wednesday instead.

Glimmerglass
Oct. 26, 2005, 02:10 PM
Perhaps the most lengthy of articles on the horse I've seen. I won't reprint the article as it is a bit excessive in it's profanity and infrequently crass nature. Still its an interesting read:

SF Weekly 10-26-05 "Here Comes the Fog; The sprinter Lost in the Fog is the adored savior of horse racing in the Bay Area. Perhaps God brought him to us." (http://www.sfweekly.com/Issues/2005-10-26/news/feature_print.html)

Introduction:

I have seen Lost in the Fog hats and Lost in the Fog shirts and Lost in the Fog oil paintings being sold alongside Lost in the Fog tote bags. I have seen a LST N FOG vanity plate and sipped a Lost in the Fog martini made with a hunk of dry ice.

I have heard people speak of Lost in the Fog, a 3-year-old thoroughbred who happens to be the most exciting racehorse in America, and swear they see in him the handiwork of God -- the lopsided blaze along his face, for instance, which is regarded with about as much reverence as the imprint on the Shroud of Turin -- and I have beheld the creature on a cold gray dawn in Albany, steam curling off his back and everyone around either too awed or too tired to talk, and I have, if only for a moment, understood why people might say such things.

.... continued (http://www.sfweekly.com/Issues/2005-10-26/news/feature_print.html)

lizathenag
Oct. 26, 2005, 09:02 PM
The SF weekly is a free newspaper type magazine. I picked up several copies today. The cover is a nice big pic of LITF and there are many color pics in the article.
I would be happy to send the article and cover to anyone who would like one.
drop me a line.

gilmanr
Oct. 27, 2005, 06:00 PM
Picked up the magazine yesterday, and found it a thoroughly enjoyable read. Quite a deluge of articles this week, of course, but I certainly found this CBS Sportsline.com account of this morning's gallop interesting:

Lost in the Fog looked more like a horse training for the one mile and one quarter Classic then the six furlong Sprint. Was full of himself and on his toes immediately after entering the racetrack at 7:00 a.m. and while jogging approximately three eighths of a mile the wrong way to the top of the stretch under regular exercise rider Suzy Milne. Once reversing direction it didn't take long for the undefeated 3-year-old to grab hold of the bit and two minute lick down the stretch before coming nicely to hand around the clubhouse turn. He then galloped along strongly for another mile before again reaching out and ripping off a couple of :13 and change eighths the second time through the stretch. Finished the awesome two mile gallop as strong as he began and gives every indication he's not only fast but as fit as a fiddle coming up to Breeders' Cup day.

LaReason
Oct. 27, 2005, 08:04 PM
Colt has never been more ready. He loves Belmont, he loves the distance, and he's the best sophomore in America currently running. If he wins, I think he's rightfully HOTY. Too bad they don't give HOTY to sprinters.

MDO
Oct. 27, 2005, 08:15 PM
You can see replays of Foggy's races on http://www.calracing.com/ - you just have to join, same as a message board then click on 'racereplays' and then click on 'Horse' - put in his name and see most of his races.
And here's a video of him earlier this week:
http://www.newsday.com/sports/horseracing/ny-spbreed274...=ny-sports-headlines (http://www.newsday.com/sports/horseracing/ny-spbreed274486256oct27,0,2895246.story?coll=ny-sports-headlines)

What an awesome fella !!!

Glimmerglass
Oct. 28, 2005, 07:39 AM
MDO thanks for the races link & the workout video!

Glimanr, I loved the commentary by the CBS reporter on LITF as it would seem in tone not unlike comments from Bill Nack regarding Secretariat just before the Belmont Stakes ("he's like an executioner, he looked like he was going to dispatch someone") ...

With LITF doing a 2-mile gallop it sounds more like Afleet Alex's old schedules!

Liza I think you've got a real keeper there (the San Francisco Reader with Foggy ont he cover) - some of the photos on the linked web page looked very nice. In particular the b&w with the sky and Russel up on Foggy.

Glimmerglass
Oct. 28, 2005, 07:55 AM
Another article that gives a feel for the BC and Lost In the Fog: Boston Globe 10-28-05 "'Fog' needs to go the distance" (http://www.boston.com/sports/other_sports/horse_racing/articles/2005/10/28/fog_needs_to_go_the_distance?mode=PF)

snips ..

Surrounded by reporters shortly after Lost in the Fog, a Sprint hopeful, drew post 7 on Wednesday, a jubilant D. Wayne Lukas flung an arm around Gilchrist and warned, ''You've got to live up to this, because I've been bragging on you."

- snip -

''Nothing bothers him, nothing," said Suzy Milne, Lost in the Fog's exercise rider. ''I've never seen a horse as cool as him. He takes to flying better than people. He's also effortless in the way he trains. Usually something will rattle them. He's more about himself. He's got this air about him. It's almost like he's psyching the horses out himself."

Glimmerglass
Oct. 30, 2005, 08:00 PM
Well all good things must come to an end http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Alas I still think LITF is a terrific horse despite the shocking 7th place finish in the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint. Do I think the horses he lost to are thus much better? Yesterday they were however as most articles suggest, something wasn't right with him just before the race.

Now he is going on a much deserved vacation. Enjoy it Foggy!

Blood-Horse 10-30-05 "Lost in the Fog Going On Vacation" (http://bc.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=30823)

Lost in the Fog, who suffered his first defeat Saturday when he ran a disappointing seventh in the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Belmont Park, will now get a vacation.

"He's fine," reported trainer Greg Gilchrist Sunday. "He's going to Southern Chase Farm in Ocala, Florida. He'll certainly get November and December (off) and quite possibly January."

The break in training will be the first for Lost in the Fog since he began his career last November with a maiden victory at Golden Gate Fields. That win was followed by nine straight stakes victories, and several trips across the country.

Lost in the Fog appeared to be heading to win No. 11 in the Breeders' Cup when he surged to the lead approaching the stretch. The 3-year-old colt faltered in the final furlong, however, and faded to seventh.

"We probably pushed the button one too many times," said Gilchrist. "I think all the traveling finally got to him a little bit."

Lost in the Fog had trained very well for the Breeders' Cup and Gilchrist was confident going into the race, as were the fans that made him a 3-to-5 favorite. Gilchrist, however, became concerned about his horse's chances a few hours before the race when Lost in the Fog began to act up.

"Saturday he certainly wasn't himself," said Gilchrist. "He was nervous before the race and I'd never seen him nervous before. He was acting up. He acted like a horse that was upset about something. When you see that, it gives you a bad feeling. They just use up energy.

"When a horse acts like that, you usually don't get a very good performance," continued Gilchrist. "He basically only ran a half mile. He ust didn't really put out Saturday."

Lost in the Fog heads to the sidelines after an outstanding 2005 campaign in which he won eight stakes in nine starts and earned $844,500. Overall, Lost in the Fog is 10-for-11 with $889,075 in earnings.

lizathenag
Oct. 30, 2005, 09:06 PM
from the daughter of the woman usually standing next to Harry in the winner's circle. . .

I just spoke to Harry & mom again this afternoon while they were waiting for the shuttle to take them to their car from the airport. They were less depressed than they were last night but said Greg (the trainer) had called and is still completely down in the dumps. I think the one everyone is really heartbroken for is Greg...he did everything right but LITF just wasn't in the mood yesterday. Even before he was saddled for the race Greg told Harry something wasn't quite normal with him. He was acting nervous & kicking at things and just generally "off" while he was waiting in the detention barn prior to the race. They couldn't find anything actually wrong with him so everyone was just crossing their fingers & hoping he felt like running. Afterwards, Russell (the jockey) said LITF was "out of sorts" and after they fell back he pulled him up a little and just cruised homed. They've all re-hashed the race 1000 times now and apparently LITF just didn't feel like tearing up the track yesterday. But on the good side, he's sound & will be back next year to start the fun all over again. Right now he's headed down to Florida for a few months R & R before heading back to California. Everyone knows HOTY is gone but are still hoping for an Eclipse award for Sprinter of the year. Despite the ending, it was one thrilling year for everyone who loves & admires LITF.

Feel free to share that with the forum if you think people would enjoy hearing about it.

Glimmerglass
Oct. 31, 2005, 07:46 AM
Liza, thanks for sharing that.

The good, the bad and the ugly here:

Pasadena Star News 10-30-05 "Lost in the Fog a 'dog'" (http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/sports/ci_3166106)

Owner Harry Aleo, the 85-year-old real-estate and insurance zillionaire from San Francisco, was on camera for a post-race interview on the path away from the track when a fan walked up behind him holding up a hand-lettered T-shirt.

"Lost in the Fog," the T-shirt read, "Will Run Like a Dog."

What inspired such vitriol in the fan, described by witnesses as a man in his 30s, is hard to imagine except that clearly Lost in the Fog's unorthodox winning streak worked on people's emotions in unusual ways.

Aleo, who has been described as cantankerous as often as Lost in the Fog has been described as quick, didn't appreciate the guy's evident handicapping prowess.

Aleo turned and got right up in the skeptic's face and said something to him.

"You stick that you know where," the old man said.

No punches were thrown. The fan was smart enough not to tangle with Harry Aleo.

But a message was exchanged. The Lost in the Fog doubters aren't going to shut up and the Lost in the Fog camp isn't about to back down.

"Hats off to the winner," Gilchrist said. "Hats off to all of them in there that ran so well. I still like him (Lost in the Fog).

Glimmerglass
Oct. 31, 2005, 11:15 PM
Not an excuse, but an elaboration of what was already semi reported of LITF's condition (pre-race) right after the loss ..


Lost in the Fog rattled in barn, Gilchrist says

By MIKE WELSCH - Daily Racing Form Nov 1, 2005 (http://www.drf.com/news/article/69946.html)

ELMONT, N.Y. - At 8 a.m. Saturday morning, 45 minutes before Lost in the Fog would walk over to the Belmont Park security barn and almost seven hours before post time for the Breeders' Cup Sprint, trainer Greg Gilchrist said: "I think the holding barn will be an advantage for us, because we've been through it before. I guarantee at least a half-dozen horses in today's Breeders' Cup will not run their races because of their experience in the holding barn."

Little did Gilchrist realize that one of those horses might have been his.

Gilchrist first showed signs of concern at about 9:15 a.m., a half-hour after Lost in the Fog arrived at the security area or "Stalag 17," as Gilchrist laughingly referred to it earlier that morning. Usually calm, Lost in the Fog was "pretty riled up," Gilchrist said.

"I've never seen him act like this before," Gilchrist said.

Six hours later, on the walkover to the paddock less than 30 minutes before perhaps the most important race of his career, Gilchrist again appeared quietly anxious when he was asked how Lost in the Fog had handled the remainder of his security barn experience.

"He got to fretting a bit," Gilchrist said on the way to the paddock.

"I've never seen him get excited like this before," he said, adding later that he had to use a lip chain on Lost in the Fog to put his bandages on.

Gilchrist seemed uncomfortable talking about the unsettled state of Lost in the Fog.

As the television cameras zoomed in on Lost in the Fog and a huge throng of well wishers gathered to welcome their hero into the paddock, there was little doubt from Gilchrist's tone and the look on his face that the subject was weighing heavily on his mind.

When the gate opened, Lost in the Fog broke a step slowly and was hung four wide disputing what for him was a relatively moderate pace. He gained a short lead into the stretch but had little left in the tank at the eighth pole, finishing seventh as the 3-5 favorite in the Sprint.

"When he came past the quarter pole, I thought everything was all right, then a couple horses came back by him," Gilchrist said. "He basically only ran a half-mile. He didn't come back exhausted. He just came up empty the final three-sixteenths. He just didn't go out and give his performance."

Gilchrist was understandably disappointed, but he handled the defeat as well as he has handled Lost in the Fog's entire 3-year-old campaign when he was mobbed by reporters immediately after the race. He talked about how the fractions - 22.01, 44.56 - were certainly not anything Lost in the Fog hadn't dealt with before. He said Lost in the Fog had been hung wide but "not too wide" during the early stages of the race, and how he actually liked the fact Lost in the Fog was third turning for home. And then, almost as an afterthought, he mentioned the security barn experience.

"He was very nervous in the holding barn," said Gilchrist. "He acted like a worried horse. He wasn't comfortable with the whole situation. But I'm not blaming the holding barn or using it as an excuse. Excuses are for losers, and I don't want to be taking anything away from the winner. He just didn't have it in him today. It just wasn't meant to be."

Gilchrist said he scoped Lost on the Fog after the race and determined he hadn't bled.

Lost in the Fog will spend the rest of the year at the Southern Chase Farm in Ocala, Fla., owned by Karen and Greg Dodd, who actually sold Lost in the Fog to Harry Aleo for $140,000. Gilchrist said he'll wait before mapping out any plans for Lost in the Fog's 4-year-old campaign, but confirmed that he hopes to stretch Lost in the Fog out around two turns.

"He'll certainly get November and December and quite possibly January," Gilchrist said. "I don't think he'll need any more than that."

Despite suffering the first loss of his career in the Sprint, Lost in the Fog accomplished enough during the year to still be considered a favorite to win the Eclipse Award in the sprint division. But on Saturday, for whatever reason, he didn't have his "A" game.

Glimmerglass
Dec. 31, 2005, 01:26 PM
Just an update - LITF returns from his Florida holiday this week ...

TB Times 12/30/05 - "Lost in the Fog to return to Gilchrist’s barn on Wednesday" (http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/todaysnews/newsview.asp?recno=59673&subsec=2)

excerpts:

Gilchrist has not mapped a 2006 schedule for Aleo’s colt other than to say that the Breeders’ Cup Sprint on November 4 at Churchill Downs is the long-range objective and that Lost in the Fog likely will not ship out of California as much as he did in 2005.

- snip -

Lost in the Fog’s four-year-old debut could come in the $100,000 Golden Gate Fields Breeders’ Cup Sprint, a six-furlong event on April 22, but if the colt trains forwardly, Gilchrist could find an earlier spot.

I'm glad LITF will return for another year of racing http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Rayman421
Jan. 2, 2006, 12:04 PM
Because i used to sell seasons to Lost In the Fog's sire- Lost Soldier, LITF's breeder, called me when he was but a wee one - just about 5 months of age and told me to come out and take pics of him, that he was gonna be a big winner and she was very impressed with him.

I went out and took pics and have them to this day. He was an evil little guy, biting and quick w/ his hind feet too, but SO gorgeous, even at that age. It is kind of sad how low he originally sold for - but also tells you that Money does not necessarily = good horse!
http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

WindyIsle
Jan. 2, 2006, 01:43 PM
I adore this horse to pieces. He give me chills watching him.

I got my grandpa on the LITF bandwagon ^__^;;

Brought to Ireland some videos of races I had taped and one of them was a LITF - put it on and he just shook his head for a moment afterward.

He's been around the block and seen many of the best racehorses/jumpers/etc. in the past 50 years and he agreed with me that LITF is something special.

Here's a toast for a great 2006 year for LITF!!

Glimmerglass
Jan. 4, 2006, 07:51 AM
Looks like the DRF was able to get a better idea of a start ...


Lost in the Fog targeted for April 22 return
By CHUCK DYBDAL
DRF 1/3/06 (http://www.drf.com/news/article/71307.html)
SAN MATEO, Calif. - Trainer Greg Gilchrist was happy to greet an old friend this week when Lost in the Fog returned to his barn at Golden Gate Fields.

Lost in the Fog got two months' rest and relaxation at the Southern Chase Farm in Florida, where he grew up, following his seventh-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, which snapped his 10-race winning streak. His Beyer Speed Figure of 98 also snapped his streak of triple-digit Beyer Figures at 10.

Gilchrist says Lost in the Fog's first start of 2006 will be in the $100,000 Golden Gate Fields Sprint on April 22. The six-furlong race for older runners was originally planned as the Golden Gate Breeders' Cup Sprint before the track decided to use the Breeders' Cup funds on a different race, since Lost in the Fog isn't Breeders' Cup eligible.

Gilchrist said he would take his time getting Lost in the Fog back to the races, especially because of the wet weather in the area. He said the April 22 race would give him plenty of time without having to rush Lost in the Fog back.

"You like to target something," he said, adding that the chance to race Lost in the Fog on his home track made for an attractive starting point.

lizathenag
Jan. 4, 2006, 10:16 AM
Lost in the Fog’s four-year-old debut could come in the $100,000 Golden Gate Fields Breeders’ Cup Sprint, a six-furlong event on April 22, but if the colt trains forwardly, Gilchrist could find an earlier spot.
either way, I'll be there.

kab10wf
Jan. 4, 2006, 11:24 AM
I am new to the forum but am a big Lost in the Fog fan. I am in NY and saw him at Saratoga and at Belmont. I didn't realize it at the time but I small talked to Harry Aleo outside the Lady's restroom at Saratoga. Didn't know it until I saw him in the paddock in the center of the LITF hubbub.

MD11 Guy
Jan. 6, 2006, 03:42 PM
I was lucky enough to fly LITF from Indy to Oakland this week. He is really something to see. He is a good flyer but will try and bite you if you give him the chance. I can't wait to see him run again.

A Splash of Color
Jan. 8, 2006, 11:16 AM
from Equibase:

Lost in the Fog

Date: January 8, 2006
Track: TURF PARADISE
Distance: Three Furlongs
Time: 38:20 Handily
Track Condition: Fast
Surface: Dirt
Rank: 4/10

EponaRoan
Jan. 8, 2006, 11:32 AM
He's at my local track, Turf Paradise? Wow - will have to see if we can get some photos or something.

Glimmerglass
Jan. 11, 2006, 07:25 AM
Still weird is Mike Watchmaker (DRF) and dislike of this horse: for his Divisional Rating of 1/6/06 for Sprinters (http://www.drf.com/row/row.html), he lists them as follows:

SPRINTERS

1 - Silver Train
Gets this ranking off his BC Sprint win

2 - Commentator
Goes long, but is also effective sprinting

3 - Lost in the Fog
Has yet to beat a genuinely good horse

4 - Bordonaro
Showed vast improvement in late 2005

I mean you can debate his performance at the BC but he did win impressively in the G1 Kings Bishop, G2 Carry Back, G2 Riva Ridge, G3 Bay Shore, and G2 Swale plus other ungraded races.

Glimmerglass
Jan. 23, 2006, 08:48 PM
Congratulations! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Bloodhorse 1/23/06 - "Eclipse Award: Lost in the Fog, Sprinter" (http://news.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=31864)


Lost in the Fog: a throwback to racing's good old days, and a deserving champion.

Voting for Sprinter:
Lost in the Fog, 209; Silver Train, 30; Saratoga County, 11; Ghostzapper, 7; Purge, 1; Taste of Paradise 1; Voter Abstentions, 3.

lizathenag
Jan. 24, 2006, 06:24 PM
I loved Harry's acceptance speech. He said Secretariat, Citation and Man O'War all lost a few.

FLAbreds
Jan. 25, 2006, 03:45 AM
I thought it was cool that he thanked Greg and Karen Dodd for selling him LITF! The Dodd's are such nice people. When LITF was at their farm on vacation we were invited to go see him but unfortunately couldn't find the time to get out there.

Here's hoping that 2006 will be another great year for LITF! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Glimmerglass
Jan. 25, 2006, 08:26 AM
side point - the only other Northern California (based) horse to win an Eclipse was Brown Bess. At 7 yrs old she won the 1989 Turf Eclipse Award for Filly/Mare.

Brown Bess had 36-race career and at 7 years-old she went 5-for-5 in graded stakes on turf for females - the shortest being 1 1/8 miles.

Brown Bess gave birth in 1997 to a filly - picture of both is here (http://harrisfarms.com/bbess.htm); today there is in her honor the $100,000 Brown Bess Handicap (for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf) held at Golden Gate Fields.

Glimmerglass
Feb. 7, 2006, 10:33 AM
Inside Bay Area 2/7/06 - "Rested Lost In The Fog gets fresh start" (http://www.insidebayarea.com/sports/ci_3483629)


"I don't blame it on anybody or anything," Gilchrist said. "I just think it had been a long year, and the stress of it all came together on that day. We probably squeezed the lemon a little too far. There wasn't anything about that race that wasn't out of his realm. But I'm not big on excuses. We got outrun, and we move on."

Gilchrist admitted that well before the race, he spotted a number of adverse signs about his usually even-tempered colt. He was cranky. He had to spend nearly 7 hours in a holding barn before the race. He required a shoe change. When the trainer went to put the saddle on him, he reared up, and when jockey Russell Baze put him through his paces in the post parade, he just didn't seem to have the same verve.

"I've been around long enough that when I see certain signs, I can say, 'Today ain't the day,'" Gilchrist said. "These are very intelligent animals, and they know there are certain things you do on race day. He never gave me any indication until that morning that he wasn't ready to run. But then he started acting kind of irritable, sort of like, 'I know what's going on.' He knew he was going to have to run, and he wasn't really happy about it."

A Splash of Color
Feb. 12, 2006, 12:12 PM
Lost in the Fog
Date: February 12, 2006
Track: GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
Distance: Three Furlongs
Time: 36:20 Handily
Track Condition: Fast
Surface: Dirt
Rank: 2/12


And not to hijack this thread, but it was nice to see Rockport Harbor come back and win yesterday at Oaklawn Park.

Glimmerglass
Feb. 14, 2006, 11:46 AM
From the Daily Racing Form 2/13/06 (http://www.drf.com/news/article/72162.html)


The Eclipse sprint champion, Lost in the Fog had his first workout in preparation for his 2006 campaign, an easy 36.20 three-furlong work that put smiles on the faces of Gilchrist, Aleo, and jockey Russell Baze. It was the third-fastest time of 14 at the distance.

There were quite a few trainers who made it over to the track immediately after the second morning break to watch the work, which the 4-year-old colt handled effortlessly.

The most excitement occurred when a horse dropped his rider and got loose on the racetrack just as Lost in the Fog began backtracking to the three-furlong pole to start his work. Outriders quickly handled the situation without incident, and Lost in the Fog was able to proceed after only a very brief delay.

"He went even 12's. It was very good for a first workout," said Gilchrist, who has a schedule of nine or 10 workouts mapped out before the colt's planned April 22 return in the $100,000 Golden Gate Fields Sprint.

"It's no different than a human. You don't want him at his best when he marches on the track for the first time.

"He did just what we wanted," Baze said. "We just didn't want to get him wound up."

Baze was a very quiet passenger, never encouraging the colt, who ran straight as a string down the lane.

Baze, who rode Lost in the Fog in all but one of his 11 starts, joked afterward that he would give Gilchrist a "tentative call" to ride the colt.

Aleo was beaming afterward.

"It looks like he's enjoying it," he said of Lost in the Fog.

summerly
Feb. 14, 2006, 02:43 PM
I always knew this horse was/is something especially when our horse Santana Strings (highweight) and him met in the Ocala Stud Dash in Fl last year, watching the race I saw Santanna and Valasquez hit another gear mid stretch and I thought...yahoo Santana's going to catch him....problem being Lost In The Fog hit about another three gears and was gone....Cheers to him !!!!

Sannois
Feb. 14, 2006, 02:50 PM
Anyone have a racing shot of him?? Very cool horse! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Glimmerglass
Feb. 14, 2006, 03:51 PM
Originally posted by Sannois:
Anyone have a racing shot of him?? Very cool horse! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Many are out there, here is one example: LITF wins the G-2 Riva Ridge with Russ Baze, up (http://www.exclusivelyequine.com/isroot/eenew/SiteImages/products/big/P14-1014.jpg) - from Exclusively Equine, photo by Adam Coglianese. The Riva Ridge was the closest victory he has ever had in his career to this day. Held at Belmont June 11, 2005 he beat Egghead by just 1 1/4 lengths.

An aside, one month to the day the very valiant Egghead died. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, he was treated for a cut on a hock, was administered a product by Wedgewood pharmacy then per The Thoroughbred Times developed diarrhea and subsequent laminitis and was euthanized on July 11. G1 winner Saratoga County also died from complications linked to this same company's products. The firm was sued in October 2005 by several owners and an outcome is still pending.

A Splash of Color
Feb. 19, 2006, 01:38 PM
Another work:

Lost in the Fog

Date: February 19, 2006
Track: GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
Distance: Three Furlongs
Time: 35:20 Breezing
Track Condition: Wet Fast
Surface: Dirt
Rank: 2/10

(once again, courtesy of Equibase.)

Glimmerglass
Feb. 28, 2006, 06:37 AM
Yikes!


'Fog' stumbles after work, but appears okay
By CHUCK DYBDAL
Daily Racing Forum 2/28/06 (http://www.drf.com/news/article/72460.html)

ALBANY, Calif. - The big horses were out Sunday when Cause to Believe and Lost in the Fog both turned in solid drills under jockey Russell Baze at Golden Gate Fields.

Lost in the Fog gave Baze, trainer Greg Gilchrist, and owner Harry Aleo a fright at the end of his workout, stumbling twice as he was pulling up, but Gilchrist could find nothing wrong immediately.

Lost in the Fog continued on his weekly workout schedule as he prepares for the April 22 Golden Gate Fields Sprint. After a pair of three-furlong works, he breezed a half-mile in 47.40 seconds, the second-fastest of 59 workers.

"He went through the drill fine, and he seemed to pull up fine," said a tight-lipped Gilchrist, who was concerned about the condition of the track during workouts.

Later, Peter Tunney, Golden Gate Fields's executive vice president, met with Baze and jockey Chad Schvaneveldt to discuss the track surface. The riders told Tunney the track was too loose in the morning and perhaps needed more water.

Lost in the Fog worked immediately after the second break. Because of rain in the forecast, no water was added to the track during the break as it had been during the first break.

Baze was concerned about the looseness of the track and attributed that to Lost in the Fog's bobbles.

"That horse doesn't stumble," Baze said. "He handles everything."

As to the work, Baze raved about the reigning Eclipse Award winner.

"He worked super," Baze said. "I had a good strong hold, but it was click, click, click, 12-second furlongs, although we must have snuck in an 11 along the way. You couldn't ask him to work any better."

lizathenag
Mar. 28, 2006, 07:42 PM
I accidently opened the Golden Gate Fields webpage at work today (honest!) and discovered they are giving away LITF bobblehead dolls on April 22.

guess I will get there early. I already have a Seabiscuit one.

lizathenag
Mar. 29, 2006, 11:59 AM
LOST IN THE FOG DRILLS SIX FURLONGS IN 1:11.01

Lost in the Fog, continuing preparations for his 2006 racing campaign, worked six furlongs in 1:11.01 handily prior to the start of Sunday’s racing card at Golden Gate Fields.
Jockey Russell Baze was aboard Lost in the Fog, who posted fractional times of :23.46 (first two furlongs), :46.75 (four furlongs) and :58.71 (five furlongs). Lost in the Fog galloped out seven furlongs in 1:26.03.
The nation’s champion sprinter of 2005, Lost in the Fog is trained by Greg Gilchrist and owned by Harry J. Aleo of San Francisco.
“That was just right,” said Gilchrist. “Anywhere between 1:11 and 1:12 was what we wanted. Next week we want to do the same, although he’ll work closer to 6 1/2 furlongs.”
“I got him into the bit a little more,” said Baze. “We’re trying to get a little more air into him. This was his first three-quarter (of a mile) work so we didn’t want to do too much.”
Lost in the Fog hasn’t raced since finishing seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Belmont Park on Oct. 29. A 4-year-old colt by Lost Soldier, Lost in the Fog has 10 victories in 11 career starts, including nine stakes triumphs.
Lost in the Fog is scheduled to make his 2006 debut in the $100,000 Golden Gate Fields Sprint on Saturday, April 22. The Golden Gate Fields Sprint is a six-furlong race for 4-year-olds and up.
Fans attending Golden Gate Fields on April 22 will receive a free Lost in the Fog bobblehead.

Glimmerglass
Mar. 29, 2006, 01:11 PM
Now Liza that will be a great gift to pick up and I'm sure GGF will find a big ruch for them. Hmmm ... I will just have to think of a way to snag one :)

Spectacular Bid bobblehead dolls (given to Churchill Twin Spire members in 2004; 8,500 made) fetch $22 + in the open market: Image of Bid bobblehead (http://us.st11.yimg.com/store1.yimg.com/I/secretariatcom_1890_13061739)

Looking forward to LITF making his 2006 debut!

Glimmerglass
Apr. 11, 2006, 06:14 PM
Lost in the Fog goes fast in four-furlong work
Daily Racing Form April 11, 2006 (http://www.drf.com/news/article/73482.html)


Baze came back to the Bay Area on Saturday in order to work Lost in the Fog on Sunday.

The Eclipse-winning sprinter last year, Lost in the Fog rolled four furlongs out of the gate in 46.40 seconds, the fastest work of 47 runners by 1.60 seconds.

"Greg told me to ask him a bit if he was handling the track," Baze said. "He breaks so hard, the ground just breaks from under him. He kind of scrambled a little bit leaving there, but he quickly gathered himself and was straight as a string."

Gilchrist plans a five-furlong work in company next weekend as Lost in the Fog's final preparation for his return to action in the Golden Gate Fields Sprint on April 22.

Gilchrist's assistant, Linda Thrash, supervised the work while Gilchrist was returning from Chicago.

"He did great," said Thrash. She had her hands full as usual with Lost in the Fog, who was still rambunctious after the work. "The only thing is he's mad because he didn't get to do more."

Thirteen horses have been nominated for the six-furlong Golden Gate Fields Sprint, including Carthage, who has won three straight, including a pair of stakes.

Glimmerglass
Apr. 18, 2006, 10:02 PM
DRF 4-18-06 "'Fog' returns with eye on Cup" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/73701.html)


The curtain for Lost in the Fog, Act 2, opens Saturday in the $100,000 Golden Gate Fields Sprint. The race will be the first for Lost in the Fog since he finished seventh in the Breeders' Cup Sprint last Oct. 29 at Belmont, the only loss of his career.

Owner Harry Aleo, trainer Greg Gilchrist, and jockey Russell Baze can't wait. Neither, it seems, can Lost in the Fog, who has not missed a beat in preparation for his defense of his 2005 Eclipse Award as the champion sprinter.

His final work Saturday was a five-furlong drill at Golden Gate in an eye-popping 57 seconds, which was more than two seconds the best of 39 runners at the distance that morning.

"He's back to his old ornery self, and that's good," said Baze, who was aboard for the work. "Even after that work, when the pony came up, he tried to bite his neck, and I really had to jerk on the reins to stop him."

Gilchrist said he couldn't be happier with Lost in the Fog's preparations for his return to the races. Lost in the Fog has worked 10 times for Saturday's race and has not missed a single workout despite the record rainfall this winter in northern California.

Lost in the Fog, 4, may not have many rivals Saturday, and the race could become a virtual match race between him and speedball Carthage, who has won the San Carlos Handicap and Fairfax Stakes in his last two starts, earning triple-digit Beyers both times.

If there's a good time to meet Lost in the Fog, it may be Saturday.

"This will not be Lost in the Fog's best race," said Gilchrist.

The real goal in 2006 is the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs, and the Golden Gate Fields Sprint is only the first step. The reality is that Saturday is a prep race, even if it is on Lost in the Fog's home track, even if it may be his one and only northern California appearance of the year.

And there is a certain pressure on Gilchrist.

"This is Lost in the Fog," he said. "He's not supposed to lose."

Lost in the Fog ran nine times in 2005. He flew cross-country seven times, with three trips to Florida and four to New York, gaining a national reputation along the way.

Racing fans love speed, and Lost in the Fog has that in abundance. He earned triple-digit Beyers in his first 10 starts and became such a headliner that Gilchrist became the first losing trainer in Breeders' Cup history to have to conduct a postrace interview in the interview room for all the press.

Lost in the Fog's campaign will be different this year as he shoots for the one goal that eluded him last year, a Breeders' Cup victory. Gilchrist said he plans to run Lost in the Fog only four or five times before the Breeders' Cup but has not mapped out specific races yet.

"A horse only has so many races," Gilchrist said. "When you use them is up to you. If the Breeders' Cup is the goal, you try to get there and make it your best race of the year."

Gilchrist said he would not crisscross the country this year. He believes that the cross-country travel last year took a toll on Lost in the Fog.

"I doubt we'll make three trips to Florida and three to New York before the Breeders' Cup this year," he said. "That last race was too much. We'd squeezed the lemon dry and went one too many times.

"I knew we'd be in trouble in the paddock, but when he took for the lead turning for home I hoped I was wrong. When he didn't pull away, I knew it was over."

Aleo has been in racing for 27 years and loves going to the track in the morning, perhaps even more than coming to the races in the afternoon. When Lost in the Fog gallops past him, he said, he sometimes has to pinch himself.

As for Gilchrist: "How many people get to train an Eclipse Award winner?" he said.

Gilchrist may be training Lost in the Fog a lot longer. Aleo said he plans to run him this year and next.

"My life's a hell of a lot more exciting than it was," Aleo said. "We're going to run as long as he's healthy. You can't put a price on this last year. If I just wanted money, I'd still be working. Watching him run, that's the whole fun and joy of owning horses."

I'm looking forward to his return, win or lose, it will be nice to see him back.

Liza, are you still going to see Fog in this race?

Glimmerglass
Apr. 19, 2006, 10:21 AM
I see that Golden Gate Fields (and rightfully so) has quite a page devoted to LITF: GGF Feature horse: Lost In The Fog (http://www.goldengatefields.com/NewsEvents/FeatureStories/Details/LOST+IN+THE+FOG.htm)

Not surprising is that someone was pre-selling on eBay Lost in the Fog bobbleheads before the Apr 22nd promotional giveaway ;)

eBay item #8790432636 (sold for $19) (http://cgi.ebay.com/Lost-in-the-Fog-Bobblehead-New-GG-Fields_W0QQitemZ8790432636QQcategoryZ31664QQcmdZVi ewItem)

I loved the seller comment: I am making a special trip to nothern California for this one. Also to watch a very special horse. I am selling the bobble at a very reasonable price so get one while you can. The 1st 10 people to buy one should have no problem getting there [sic] bobble but for some reason something happens and I cannot get your bobble your money will be promptly ***Refunded*** I will try my best to get them. I have a small army that will be there that day.

lizathenag
Apr. 19, 2006, 09:10 PM
Liza, are you still going to see Fog in this race?

I have two extra seats at my table in the Turf Club and no takers. . .

A Splash of Color
Apr. 19, 2006, 11:01 PM
"Lost in the Fog Carries 125 in 2006 Debut
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 4/19/2006 8:56:11 PM
Last Updated: 4/19/2006 9:45:06 PM

Lost in the Fog, the nation's champion sprinter last year, will carry 125 pounds when he faces four rivals Saturday in his 2006 debut in the $100,000 Oakland Tribune Golden Gate Fields Sprint.

. . . .

$100,000 Oakland Tribune Golden Gate Fields Sprint (Race 8, 4:25 p.m.), 4 & Up, 6 Furlongs
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Carthage (KY), 116, Dennis Carr
2. Seattle Buddy (KY), 116, Martin Garcia
3. Lost in the Fog (FL), 125, Russell Baze
4. Elegant Ice (CA), 116, Francisco Duran
5. Twentythreejaybird (PA), 116, Chad Schvaneveldt"

Glimmerglass
Apr. 20, 2006, 10:25 AM
Liza I'm sure you'll get two more people willing to go to the track to see the speedball himself - not to mention just enjoy placing a few bucks on the ponies ;)

Regarding this race I suppose it is part of the build up and desire to attract interest of what cold be a predicted win, but comments from Greg have seemingly suggested that LITF could lose


"This will not be Lost in the Fog's best race," said Gilchrist.

San Francisco Chronicle 4-20-06 "Carthage top threat in 'Fog' return" (http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2006/04/20/SPGIGIBRKJ1.DTL):


"From what I've seen on paper, I would definitely say that Carthage looks like a very nice horse and deserves a whole lot of respect," said Greg Gilchrist, who trains Lost in the Fog. "One thing that does concern me is the layoff. And we have to give away a lot of weight. I'm not complaining about weight; we've got the Eclipse Award winner here, but I do hate to start out at 125. It's not so much Saturday, but if he wins way off, what do you command next time?

NMK
Apr. 21, 2006, 10:26 AM
That's a lot to give away to a legit contender. Good luck LITF.

Nancy

Xctrygirl
Apr. 22, 2006, 07:31 PM
Wow. I don't care what the reasons they suggest, but the times were insanely fast. Big cheers for both LITF and Carthage.

I thought the race was well worth sitting here on an ok internet connection and praying that it would come through.

Carthage pulled away by 3-4 and the times were 21: 43: 55: 109

Dear God they were smoking.

But so great to see a great race.

~Emily

Kinsa
Apr. 22, 2006, 09:26 PM
I have two extra LITF bobbleheads from my trip to GGF today. I haven't opened the packages, so I'm assuming they're in perfect condition. If anyone wants one, I would appreciate $$ to cover shipping costs (unless you're local - then you can just come pick it up) - I'll have to weigh them and get the postage depending on your zipcode.

Kinsa
Apr. 22, 2006, 09:29 PM
I just keep telling myself...none of the greats was ever undefeated. Look at Seabiscuit! I still think LITF was the best horse today - he just didn't bring his "A" race to the track. Maybe they'll put a little less weight on him the next time out.

On the up side...I was riding up the escalator as Harry was riding down right before they came to the paddock, and we made eye contact and smiled at each other. And after the race, Greg was riding down the escalator right behind me. I turned around and introduced myself and shook his hand. I know it wasn't the best moment for him, being right after the race, but it was a very nice happening for me.

Glimmerglass
Apr. 22, 2006, 10:42 PM
I watched the video and the sickening feeling of the sprint at Belmont with the Breeders' Cup returned all over again.

Although from what I read, in advance, Russ was under instructions not to push him hard. I suspect (could be wrong and it isn't sour grapes) that he could've pushed him like heck in the final stretch to won; however Russ elected not to squeeze him hard to accomplish that. It likely would have resulted in them set back significantly before the next race, likely a graded one.

You see LITF drop several lengths in the stretch behind Carthage but then appear to surge and close it somewhat but by then Baze was throtteling him down as they were assured of 2nd place.

As I cited from articles above in the last few days, Greg and Harry both were talking as if this was very potentially going to be a loss from the outset.

I still like him regardless :)

Kinsa
Apr. 23, 2006, 10:49 AM
Here's a brief race description from Baze as quoted in the AP article:

"I had a ton of horse down the backside," said Lost in the Fog's rider, Russell Baze. "But when he switched leads on the turn, the track came away from him and he was slipping. He got a little tired the last sixteenth of a mile."

The full text is on Yahoo! sports.

lizathenag
Apr. 23, 2006, 12:00 PM
It is good to see such a crowd at a bay area track. just like last time he ran. folks were there with their kids holding them up on their shoulders so they could see him.

and my partner got 9-5 on Carthage (who had two 100+ Beyers in his last two races. . .)

and several bobble head dolls!

Glimmerglass
May. 15, 2006, 10:28 AM
The Fog could find way to Lone Star
May 15, 2006
DRF Star Telegram (http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/sports/horse_racing/14582757.htm")


GRAND PRAIRIE, TX - Lost In The Fog, last year's champion sprinter and one of the country's most popular racehorses, could make his next start at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie.

His trainer, Greg Gilchrist, nominated Lost In The Fog to the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint, one of the six stakes run on Lone Star Million Day on May 29. Gilchrist, whose stable is based in Northern California, said he would also like to bring Victorina, a stakes-winning filly, for the $100,000 Stonerside Stakes.

"Right now, it's a little better than 50-50," Gilchrist said, explaining the Fog's chances of rolling into Texas. Gilchrist said he would wait until the weight assignments are announced next weekend before making a final decision.

"We've always wanted to find a grass race for this horse [Lost In The Fog]," Gilchrist said, "and this race at Lone Star would fit nicely in his schedule."

Lost In The Fog never has raced on turf. But, Gilchrist pointed out, the horse's breeding suggests he should like the surface. Lost In The Fog is a son of Lost Soldier, a multiple stakes winner who was probably most effective on turf. Lost Soldier finished second at Lone Star in the inaugural Dallas Turf Cup in 1997.

Lost In The Fog has won 10 of his 12 starts.

Glimmerglass
May. 23, 2006, 11:06 PM
A good way to prep for the Breeders' Cup (which will be held at Churchill this year) is to race him now at the famed track in the G-3 Aristides!


Lost in the Fog off to Churchill
By CHUCK DYBDAL
Daily Racing Forum May 23, 2006 (http://www.drf.com/news/article/74811.html)

SAN MATEO, Calif. - Lost in the Fog, last year's Eclipse sprint champion, will make his next start at Churchill Downs in the Grade 3, $150,000 Aristides Breeders' Cup on June 3.

Trainer Greg Gilchrist and owner Harry Aleo had also been considering the five-furlong, $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint at Lone Star Park on May 29.

"I was concerned about the heat in Texas and the fact he's never run on the turf," Gilchrist said.

Run at six furlongs, the Aristides will give Lost in the Fog a race over the track where the Breeders' Cup will be run this year. When asked if this played into his decision, Gilchrist said, "That has something to do with it."

Lost in the Fog will be accompanied to Churchill by stablemate Victorina, who will run in the Grade 3, $150,000 Dogwood Breeders' Cup at one mile. Winner of the $112,000 Meafara at Hawthorne on April 8, Victorina is Breeders' Cup-eligible.

Gilchrist said he had planned to rest Victorina after she ran second in a May 10 allowance race at Bay Meadows, but said she came out of that race so well he decided to keep her in training. Gilchrist also said he was looking for a spot to which he could ship both of his runners.

purplnurpl
May. 30, 2006, 09:27 AM
Too Bad.

We went to the races yesturday to see him. Last weekend the Lone Star Park Website said "The Fog Rolls in on Memorial Day" so I was sure he would be there.

I am dying to see this guy. Anyone have pictures of him?

Glimmerglass
May. 31, 2006, 09:36 AM
Few foes for Lost in the Fog

By MARTY McGEE -Daily Racing Form (www.drf.com)
May 31, 2006

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Champion sprinter Lost in the Fog was scheduled to arrive Wednesday in Louisville before making his second start of the year in the $150,000 Aristides Breeders' Cup Handicap, one of three stakes to be run Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Lost in the Fog will carry 124 pounds when he tries to end a two-race losing streak in the Grade 3 Aristides, a six-furlong race for which Churchill racing officials are expecting a small field. Other probable starters include Kelly's Landing (117), who set the track record in winning the Aristides last year; Exciting Metro, 115; Level Playingfield, 114; Yes Yes Yes, 113; and Cougar Cat, 112.

Lost in the Fog, a 4-year-old colt based in northern California with trainer Greg Gilchrist, won the first 10 races of his career en route to earning the 2005 Eclipse Award for top sprinter. He faded to seventh in his 3-year-old finale, the Breeders' Cup Sprint, as an odds-on favorite, then lost his only start this year, the April 22 Golden Gate Sprint, finishing second to Carthage.

Russell Baze, who has ridden Lost in the Fog in all but one of the colt's 12 starts, is scheduled to ride again Saturday.

The Aristides is a primary feature of an outstanding stakes Saturday at Churchill. In contrast to previous years, Churchill has chosen to concentrate many of its best races on select Saturdays, versus the old way of spacing them throughout the meet. Indeed, there are no stakes here on the weekends of June 10-11 or 24-25; the post-Kentucky Derby highlight of the meet comes with six stakes on Stephen Foster Super Saturday, June 17.

Besides the Aristides, the Saturday card also will feature the $150,000 Dogwood BC, a one-mile race for 3-year-old fillies, and the $100,000 Opening Verse Handicap, for older horses at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Those three races, along with the $70,000 Texas Glitter overnight handicap, will be grouped into a pick-four wager.

The Dogwood is expected to mark the first start for Ready to Please since she won the April 14 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Other probables are Coolwind, Coronado's Vision, Ex Caelis, Joint Effort, Rich Fantasy, and Victorina. Joint Effort also comes off a noteworthy win, having captured the La Troienne Stakes on the May 6 Derby undercard.

Three horses are expected to share a high weight assignment of 118 pounds in the Opening Verse: Purim, Rush Bay, and the 2004 winner, Senor Swinger. Other probables include Free Thinking (116), Mighty Military (114), and On the Acorn (113).

msrobin
May. 31, 2006, 10:06 AM
Here are some pictures of Lost in the Fog for ya

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/article?f=/c/a/2005/10/02/SPGS5F1DHV1.DTL&o=0

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/ap/nyeb10210281430.widec.jpg

http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20051026/images/horse.jpg

He is gorgeous.
Dont forget to get his hat !!
http://www.horsehats.com/LostInTheFog.html

lizathenag
May. 31, 2006, 03:28 PM
The last thing is the world I need is another baseball cap. . .when he ran at Golden Gate Fields last time they had one hat available that they were doing a silent auction on.
I quit looking when it hit $60!
I spent my extra pennies going through admission to get bobblehead dolls. . .

Bacchus
May. 31, 2006, 04:02 PM
A friend of mine is an owner of Cougar Cat, so it's going to be tough to cheer for Lost in the Fog;) I hope it's a good race, no matter who wins!

Glimmerglass
Jun. 2, 2006, 12:54 AM
DRF 6/1/06 "No excuses if Fog doesn't fire now" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/75129.html)

excerpt:


Trainer Greg Gilchrist said that the colt's defeat in his 4-year-old debut, the April 22 Golden Gate Sprint on his home circuit in northern California, "wasn't completely unexpected," but that he expects Lost in the Fog to fire hard Saturday.

"I did what I could do to get him right" before the Golden Gate race, said Gilchrist. "He's a big, heavy horse, and I could've worked him five more times and he still wouldn't have been any fitter."

$150,000 Aristides Breeders' Cup (gr. III, Race 10, 5:58 p.m. EST), 3 & Up, 6 Furlongs
# Horse (weight), Jockey, ML Odds
1. Yes Yes Yes (113), Mark Guidry, 6/1
2. Cougar Cat (112), Robby Albarado, 15/1
3. Exciting Metro (115), Rene Douglas, 6/1
4. Level Playingfield (114), John McKee, 5/1
5. Lost in the Fog (124), Russell Baze, EVEN
6. Pro Prado (114), Calvin Borel, 12/1
7. Kelly's Landing (117), Rafael Bejarano, 4/1

JER
Jun. 3, 2006, 05:53 PM
Like the announcer said, he's back. He ran like his old self.

gilmanr
Jun. 3, 2006, 08:03 PM
Can't tell you how satisfying this run was today. It was so frustrating that the BC fans didn't get to see the real LITF, and while Carthage certainly deserves credit for his run at GG, Gilchrest was admirably reluctant to point out how badly his horse handled the loose track that day. BTW, bobble owners beware: while it feels substantial, the little guy shattered into a zillion pieces when it slipped from my desk. :^(.

lizathenag
Jun. 3, 2006, 08:40 PM
the little guy shattered into a zillion pieces when it slipped from my desk. :^(.
I spent my last visit to GGF going through the turnstile so I happen to have an extra. drop me an email at aol if you would like a replacement.

Glimmerglass
Jun. 4, 2006, 01:02 AM
Stepping into the Churchill Downs winner's circle after gleefully watching his dream horse run to victory, owner Harry Aleo announced to no one in particular: "The Fog is back."

"Some people have been saying he's over the hill, or whatever," said Russ Baze. "He's not." - DRF 6-3-06 (http://www.drf.com/news/article/75200.html)

:D Welcome back Fog!


"I'm looking forward to that Breeders' Cup," said Aleo. "I'd give my right arm to win that one this year." - Associated Press (http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/state/14735482.htm)

FLAbreds
Jun. 5, 2006, 02:05 PM
We were screaming our lungs out for him. Glad to see him back! :D

Glimmerglass
Jul. 11, 2006, 12:51 AM
Excerpts regarding Fog's next race:

DRF July 10 "A dozen willing to challenge Fog (http://www.drf.com/news/article/76300.html)


Reigning Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Lost in the Fog may not have scared away any of the opposition, but the freakishly fast Dubai Escapade obviously did when entries were drawn Monday for Saturday's $1.96 million Summit of Speed program at Calder Race Course.

A surprisingly large field of 13 horses, including Lost in the Fog, passed the entry box for the Grade 2, $500,000 Smile Sprint ...

Lost in the Fog will carry high weight of 125 pounds in the six-furlong Smile Sprint, one more than he toted to victory in the Grade 3 Artistides BC Handicap on June 3 at Churchill Downs. Lost in the Fog won his first eight starts as a 3-year-old, including the 2005 Carry Back, before concluding his campaign with a seventh-place finish in the BC Sprint.

Among those also shipping to south Florida for the Smile are Kelly's Landing, Friendly Island, Gaff, Joey P., Weigelia, and Gold Storm. They will be joined by a large local contingent, headed by Nightmare Affair, Pomeroy, and Mister Fotis. Other Calder-based contenders include B. B. Best, Universal Form, and Chandtrue.

Lost in the Fog, who drew post 10 for the Smile, arrived at Calder late Saturday and galloped over the track for the first time on Monday morning.

Good luck LITF!

Meadow36
Jul. 11, 2006, 10:35 PM
I'm going this Saturday!! :) I'll try to take some good pictures. Can't wait!!

Kinsa
Jul. 15, 2006, 05:55 PM
I don't get TVG here so wasn't able to see the race. All I saw was that he finished out of the money. What happened???

Glimmerglass
Jul. 15, 2006, 06:01 PM
The winning horse's name [in the Grade 2, $500,000 Smile Sprint] certainly says it all "Nightmare Affair". LITF finished 9th out of 13 horses.

Drvmb1ggl3
Jul. 15, 2006, 06:57 PM
rip

StrawberryFelidos
Jul. 15, 2006, 07:16 PM
The winning horse's name [in the Grade 2, $500,000 Smile Sprint] certainly says it all "Nightmare Affair".

Ah, now, don't make fun of his name. I love Mr. Nightmare...
Hard-knocking little horse who never hit it big, or even dreamed of hitting it... until now. I am shocked (:eek: ) and proud :yes:

adventurebeachponies
Jul. 15, 2006, 07:43 PM
My girlfriend bred Weigeria who was beat at the wire and came in 3rd ... word has it that Lost in the Fog has a quarter crack and it flares up... allegedly... and this is simply rumor I got from some down there it was acting up.

I put my $$$ on Weigeria to win and lost... but they were wailing and whining at the ITW as most put the bucks on Lost in the Fog and he didn't win either.

For what its worth...

Glimmerglass
Jul. 15, 2006, 11:58 PM
DRF 7-15-06 "Nightmare Affair takes Smile" (http://www.drf.com/news/article/76523.html)
Lost in the Fog, the 125-pound highweight, raced in midpack and was never a serious factor. He lost for the third time in his last four starts after beginning his career with 10 straight victories.

"Certainly the 125 pounds didn't help us, but it didn't make us run eighth or ninth, either," trainer Greg Gilchrist said after the race. "You can't put a good spin on a race like this no matter what you say. He just didn't run well for whatever reason. He had a quarter crack that really got to bothering him here earlier in the week - at one point we were 50-50 not to run - but he seemed to be going really good on it the last couple of days."

Gilchrist said he will assess Lost in the Fog's condition when he returns to California, but did not rule out the possibility that the Smile may have been the 4-year-old's last race.

Kinsa
Jul. 16, 2006, 04:12 PM
I remember he was battling a quarter crack previously - last season, was it? Any idea if this is the same crack or a new one? Is it pretty standard in the industry to keep racing a horse (if it's winning, obviously) that has a crack? I've heard the technology's gotten better for dealing with them, but how much can they really do to help?

Glimmerglass
Jul. 17, 2006, 11:19 PM
Daily Racing Form July 18, 2006 (http://www.drf.com/news/article/76543.html)

Retirement a possibility for Lost in the Fog
By CHUCK DYBDAL

In the wake of Lost in the Fog's ninth-place finish Saturday in the Grade 2 Smile Sprint at Calder, trainer Greg Gilchrist said that he and owner Harry Aleo are giving thought to retiring the colt. Lost in the Fog, the champion sprinter of 2005, will get a rest, Gilchrist said, and a decision on his future will be made when he returns to training.

"We're not leaning one way or the other," he said. "We'll give him time to get his feet underneath him and see how he is. We want to determine if he can be competitive at the level he should be. If it were going to take two or three months to bring him back, and there was only one race left for him this year, we'd probably retire him."

Gilchrist said Lost in the Fog didn't seem to try in the Smile, in which he carried high weight of 125 pounds and was the even-money favorite. Aleo and Gilchrist have said that Lost in the Fog, a 4-year-old by Lost Soldier, would race as both a 4-year-old and 5-year-old, and this is the first time they have questioned that plan. ...article continues ...

lisann
Jul. 18, 2006, 01:05 AM
Y'know, I really hate it when good racehorses like Lost in the Fog are retired so young. I think the racing public would enjoy seeing more of his races, assuming he can return to his ultra-competitive ways.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 16, 2006, 10:46 AM
I would assume then with the very sad news of him having a cancerous mass - lymphoma - likely confined to the spleen (http://news.bloodhorse.com/viewstory.asp?id=34885) that the great wicked fast train will be retired :(

It was a good run and I can only assume if this has been growing (its the size of a cantaloupe!) that his last start is really a throwout accordingly.

A photo from better days: at Saratoga winning the 2005 Kings Bishop (G1) with Russ Baze up (http://www.steeplechasetimes.com/gallery/photos/0831S-5.jpg)

Glimmerglass
Aug. 16, 2006, 09:18 PM
Daily Racing Form Aug 16, 2006 (http://drf.com/news/article/77613.html)

Lost in the Fog faces cancer
By CHUCK DYBDAL - Daily Racing Form

Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Lost in the Fog's life is in jeopardy and his racing career appears over after doctors discovered what they believe is a cancerous mass in his spleen. Lost in the Fog, 4, will undergo a procedure Friday at the University of California at Davis to determine whether the cancer has spread to other parts of his body.

The mass, which doctors suspect is lymphoma, was discovered Sunday when Lost in the Fog underwent a stomach sonogram at the UC-Davis veterinary school, said his trainer, Greg Gilchrist. A biopsy was performed Tuesday on the mass.

On Friday, a miniature camera will be inserted in the colt's abdomen to see if there has been any spread of cancerous cells.

While admitting that it's "not a good situation," Gilchrist said, "Let's not everybody jump in the grave yet."

"They know the mass is in the spleen itself," he said on Wednesday. "Right now, it looks good. It hasn't metastasized and moved to other parts. But when you look at a sonogram, it won't show very small things. That's why they're doing the camera search.

"If they find more, it is not a good thing. At that point, we probably wouldn't do surgery. If it does look good, at the middle of next week surgery will be performed to remove the spleen. It's a very delicate operation. They say there's a 50-50 chance he will make it through. If all goes well, he will recover and live a normal life."

Gilchrist said that if Lost in the Fog makes it through the surgery he could still become a stallion. He called the surgery a better option for the colt than radiation and chemotherapy.

Lost in the Fog ran ninth in the Grade 2 Smile at Calder on July 15, and Gilchrist said the colt was bothered by quarter cracks. Since that race, Gilchrist has said that if Lost in the Fog could not be readied to race again this year, he would be retired.

Lost in the Fog won his first 10 starts, earning triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures in each and setting track records at Turf Paradise and Golden Gate Fields. The streak ended with a seventh-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Sprint last year.

This year, he ran second to Carthage in his comeback in the Golden Gate Fields Sprint on April 22 and then won the Grade 3 Aristides at Churchill Downs on June 3.

Owned by Harry Aleo, Lost in the Fog has earned $978,099 with 11 wins and 1 second in 14 starts.

San Francisco Chronicle 8-16-06 "Top sprint horse Lost in the Fog might have cancer" (http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2006/08/16/sports/s152328D77.DTL)


Gilchrist is waiting for the results of the procedure at the University of California, Davis veterinary school before fearing the worst about his charismatic colt. But Lost in the Fog's racing career likely is over, even if his life can be saved.

"When you're in this business, you never get yourself too high or too low, (but) something like this is pretty shocking," Gilchrist said.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 16, 2006, 09:27 PM
Louisville Courier-Journal 8-16-06 "Sprinter Lost in the Fog believed to have cancer" (http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060816/SPORTS08/60816033)


“If they do find more, there will be no surgery,” the trainer said.

If the cancer is limited to the spleen and the colt comes through the operation in good order, Gilchrist said the prognosis is good that Lost in the Fog could go on to a stud career and normal life.

Lost in the Fog, a Florida-bred son of Lost Soldier, won 11 of 14 starts and earned $978,099. He was ninth in his last start, Calder’s $500,000, Grade II Smile, to bring his future into question as Gilchrist felt he wasn’t the same horse. The trainer said the tumor helps explain the poor effort.

“I think most people would agree if you were running with a nine-inch Gilchrist said. “If the horse had a cantaloupe in him like that, it would not be that comfortable.”Gilchrist said.

Glimmerglass
Aug. 16, 2006, 09:30 PM
And more commentary from Greg: TB Times 8-16-06 (http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/todaysnews/newsview.asp?recno=65787&subsec=2):


"It's difficult to take and it was a surprise," Gilchrist said. "I've trained horses for 30-some years, and as far as I know I've never had a horse that's had cancer. It's sure too bad that, whoever the racehorse gods are had to pick this horse to give it to. But, you have to take the bad with the good. We'll look at what's in front of us. We'll make logical decisions and we'll do what's best for the horse. We'll find the best surgeons possible and we'll just move forward and hope it works out.

"He won't give up easy, this is a race he needs to win," said Gilchrist, who conditions Lost in the Fog for Harry Aleo.

More tests will be done on Friday to determine whether the cancer has spread and to dictate a course of action for the champion and Grade 1 winner who began his career with ten consecutive wins.

"On Friday, they will probably move a camera up his abdomen and check around to see if there is any other cancer," Gilchrist said. "At this point, the doctors don't feel that it has [spread] from the feedback I've been getting from them. However, if it has, probably there will be no surgery and we will have a whole different set of circumstances to deal with.

"But if it hasn't, he'll probably be operated on the middle of next week some time," Gilchrist continued. "It's a very tedious operation. They've already told me it's a 50-50 deal of surviving, because your spleen carries your blood and filters it. If we get through that, he'll be a normal horse, none of this will hurt his reproductive organs, and we can just move on. But like I said, it's one step at a time, and right now we have to get through Friday. That's just the next hurdle, we hope we get good news and then we move on to the next step."

lizathenag
Aug. 16, 2006, 10:51 PM
I am sure he is in good hands. I am very sad. He has been a fave of mine for a long time.