Lost in the Fog, with Russell Baze aboard, pulled away from his nine rivals at the top of the stretch and won the $50,000 feature by a whopping 14 3/4 lengths. His winning time eclipsed the previous standard for 6 1/2 furlongs at Turf Paradise, 1:13.80, set by G. Malleah in 1994, and wasn't far off the world record of 1:13.24 set by Lucky Forever at Hollywood Park in 1995.
Lost in the Fog set blistering fractions of :21.80, :43.78 and 1:07.26 en route to his second victory in as many starts. Owned by Harry Aleo of San Francisco, Lost in the Fog earned $30,000 for the win and paid $3 as the 1-2 favorite. The son of Lost Soldier was bred in Florida by Susan Seper.
"I'm not surprised he set a new track record because of the way he trains," said Baze. "And believe me, this colt is this talented."
Lost in the Fog, who scored a 7 1/2-length triumph in his career debut at Golden Gate Fields on Nov. 14, will point to the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash at Gulfstream Park in Florida on Jan. 29. The Sunshine Millions Dash is a six-furlong contest for 3-year-olds bred in California and Florida. (Chart, Equibase)