Possibly the best 3-year-old in the country is not on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) trail. Undefeated Lost in the Fog has wowed observers in all four of his starts and looks to improve his record in Saturday's Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct even though he's topweighted at 123 pounds.
Lost in the Fog covered the seven-furlong Bay Shore distance in his last start, when he romped in the Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park as the 1-2 favorite while securing a 105 Beyer Speed Figure.
"It's hard to say anything bad about him," trainer Greg Gilchrist said. "If I did, I would just be making something up."
Perhaps the most difficult aspect in training Lost in the Fog was the choice not to pursue the Kentucky Derby.
"It was not an easy decision to make," Gilchrist admitted. "I just didn't think that he would be prepared to go a mile and a quarter the first week in May. I didn't want the second route of his life to be the Kentucky Derby."
Lost in the Fog, who arrived Tuesday from Northern California, has never raced beyond seven furlongs, but Gilchrist would have tried him longer had the Derby been in his plans. The trainer did not rule out trying him farther at some point in the future.
The remaining six horses, all carrying 116 pounds, are maiden or allowance winners. Two of them, Benjamin Baby and Attila's Storm ran in the Feb. 19 Fred Capossela Stakes, and finished third and fourth, respectively.
The Bay Shore field:
Post Horse Trainer Jockey Weight
1. Lost in the Fog Greg Gilchrist Russell Baze 123
2. Big Top Cat D. Wayne Lukas Victor Espinoza 116
3. Benjamin Baby Kiaran McLaughlin Richard Migliore 116
4. White Socks James Jerkens Javier Castellano 116
5. Soldiers Charge Richard Stoklosa Aaron Gryder 116
6. Lieutenant Danz Sharon Huston Jose Espinoza 116
7. Attila's Storm John DeStefano Jr. Rafael Bejarano 116
Attila's Storm will race with blinkers