Lost Soldier, sire of champion Lost in the Fog, was found dead in his paddock Sept. 7 at Doug Arnold's Buck Pond Farm near Versailles, Ky. The cause of death is believed to have been a heart attack.
Jockey Russell Baze, horse racing's ultimate blue collar warrior, reached new heights Aug. 14 with his unprecedented 11,000th career win. Appropriately, the victory came at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Trainer Greg Gilchrist, who trained champion sprinter Lost in the Fog, is calling it a career at age 62. The Northern California-based conditioner had a stream of stakes winners for owner Harry Aleo.
Northern California horseman conditioned champion sprinter Lost in the Fog.
Harry J. Aleo, the crusty Northern California Thoroughbred owner who burst into national prominence with 2005 champion sprinter Lost in the Fog, died at his San Francisco home on the afternoon of June 21 at the age of 88.
By Bruce Greene - I have been to the racetrack thousands of times. From Churchill Downs on Derby day, to the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale on Marathon day. I have memories of tracks and champions that no longer exist.
The best of the East will meet the best of the West in the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) on Summit of Speed day at Calder Race Course July 7.
Owner Harry Aleo and trainer Greg Gilchrist have another top-notch sprinter in their grasp after their untried gelding Smokey Stover spanked two of the best West Coast-based speedsters in Saturday's $300,000 Sunshine Millions Padua Stables Sprint at Santa Anita.
By Patricia Ranft - It's been a tumultuous year in Thoroughbred racing, although most years have their share of turmoil in this sport. Emotions changed with the seasons, resulting in a 2006 that won't soon be forgotten.
The deceased champion sprinter Lost in the Fog's cancer was much more extensive than originally believed and most likely had been growing for many months. Results of the necropsy, released Oct. 18, showed a gigantic tumor that compromised several of his internal organs.
By Davant Latham - He was not quite the fairy tale horse; he was too real for that. He was brilliant, vibrantly alive, and physically imposing, but has passed quietly into that soft, black night. He was Lost in the Fog.
One of San Francisco's favorite sons, Aleo can come off crustier than week-old sourdough bread. His values are old-time, rock-hard conservative, and he's not shy about displaying them publicly.
"I don't think I would have handled Lost in the Fog the way I have--meaning his training, picking out his races, and deciding not to go through the Triple Crown--20 years ago," Gilchrist said. "Experience beats everything, and the more good horses you're around, you learn how to treat them.
Golden Gate Fields will salute Lost in the Fog, the champion sprinter who lost his battle with cancer, on Sept. 30.
Lost in the Fog, last year's Eclipse Award-winning sprinter, was euthanized Sept. 17, three weeks after doctors found three cancerous tumors in his spleen and along his back.
Lost in the Fog was resting in his stall at Golden Gate Fields Saturday, two days after receiving his first chemotherapy treatment at the University of California at Davis.
- By Jack Shinar
Lost in the Fog, champion sprinter of 2005, will begin chemotherapy treatments for his cancer at the University of California at Davis next week, trainer Greg Gilchrist said Sept. 1. The process could last for as long as nine months.
Lost in the Fog, champion sprinter of 2005, will begin chemotherapy treatments for his cancer at the University of California at Davis next week, trainer Greg Gilchrist said Sept. 1. The process could last for as long as five months.
The doctor treating sprint champion Lost in the Fog for cancerous tumors said Friday that the colt has "a reasonable chance" of reducing them to a size that's conducive for chemotherapy or surgery.
Less than a week ago, trainer Greg Gilchrist said that it was "the bottom of the ninth" for his champion sprinter Lost in the Fog, diagnosed with terminal cancer. But at his Golden Gate Fields stable Thursday, the rally caps were out.
Jockey Russell Baze's nine-race winning streak at Bay Meadows' San Mateo County Fair came to end Saturday in the second race when 3-10 favorite Multiple ran fourth.
Champion sprinter Lost in the Fog has an inoperable tumor in addition to the large one found this week on his spleen and may have no more than two weeks to live, trainer Greg Gilchrist said Aug. 18.
Doctors at the University of California-Davis veterinary school will run extensive tests on Lost in the Fog Friday in order to determine whether they will perform surgery to remove what is believed to be a cancerous mass from his spleen.
Last year's Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Lost in the Fog is being treated for "a slight case" of colic at the University of California-Davis veterinary school, according to his trainer, Greg Gilchrist, who accompanied his stable star to Davis.
Nightmare Affair swung wide into the stretch from well out of it for jockey Jeffrey Sanchez and ran down the leaders for an impressive two-length victory in the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) on Summit Speed day at Calder Race Course Saturday. Champion sprinter Lost in the Fog struggled home ninth as the 11-10 favorite.
Summerplace Farm's Kelly's Landing will face a big job on Saturday when he takes on sprint champion Lost in the Fog and 11 other rivals in the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) in the Summit of Speed at Calder Race Course in Miami.
- By Steve Haskin
Unlike last year, when he made his sixth start in the $300,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. II), Lost in the Fog will be making only his third start of the year when he tries for a repeat victory in the six-furlong dash at Calder Saturday. The plan, according to trainer Greg Gilchrist, is to have a fresher horse for the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Unlike last year, when he made his sixth start in the Carry Back Stakes (gr. II), Lost in the Fog will be making only his third start of the year when he tries for a repeat victory in the "Summit of Speed" at Calder Saturday. He's entered in the $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) this year.
TVG will present live, on-site coverage Saturday of the seventh annual Summit of Speed from Miami's Calder Race Course and the eighth annual Claiming Crown from Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. The Summit of Speed is part of the TVG Sprint Division, leading to the $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), scheduled for Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.
Fields for some of the eight stakes races to be run on the $2 million "Summit of Speed" program July 15 at Calder Race Course are taking shape with draw day set for Monday.
Harry Aleo's Eclipse Award champion sprinter Lost in the Fog and Darley Stable's filly Dubai Escapade are the marquee names among the nominations to the eight stakes races worth $2 million to be run on the "Summit of Speed" program at Calder Racecourse on Saturday, July 15.
If there's to be a return to the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) in 2006 for champion sprinter Lost in the Fog, trainer Greg Gilchrist knows one thing for sure -- his star should handle the track.
Harry T. Aleo's Lost in the Fog, the Eclipse Award sprint champion of 2005, will get a feel for the track that will host this year's renewal of the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) when he takes on six rivals in Saturday's $150,000-added Aristides Breeders' Cup (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Lost in the Fog, winner of the Eclipse Award as America's champion sprinter of 2005, has been assigned high weight of 124 pounds for next week's $150,000-added Aristides Breeders' Cup (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
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.
The $400,000 San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IIT), the richest race in Northern California, is one of eight six-figure stakes that Golden Gate Fields has scheduled for its 2006 spring meeting. The 65-day season begins Wednesday.
Harry J. Aleo's Frisco Star, who set a track record last summer at Santa Rosa when he broke his maiden by 8 1/2 lengths, made his long awaited second start Thursday at Bay Meadows and scored a hard-fought victory.
Harry J. Aleo's Frisco Star, who set a track record when he made his career debut last summer, will make his highly-anticipated second start Thursday at Bay Meadows.
Most handicappers expected a close race for the 2005 Horse of the Year Award, but it didn't turn out that way as Saint Liam won in a landslide.
The good news is, after a two-month vacation in Florida, Lost in the Fog reported back to work at Gilchrist's barn in early January to begin training for a 2006 campaign, the main target of which will be another crack at the Sprint, to be run this year at Churchill Downs. Gilchrist indicated he will likely map out a less-rigorous campaign for his star this time around, with early plans calling for an April debut in California.
It was nearly a sweep for the "A" team -- the connections of Florida-bred Afleet Alex -- who collected hardware for five major awards, including champion 3-year-old colt and Florida-bred horse of the year at the annual Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association Awards dinner Jan. 16.
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze and Texas-based trainer Steven Asmussen wrapped up the 2005 season as North America's leading jockey and trainer by wins.
Buck Pond Farm announced its 2006 stud fees, which includes a hike for Lost Soldier, the sire of Lost in the Fog, and the setting of fees for several new stallions. The farm, near Versailles, Ky., is owned by Doug Arnold and will be home to a dozen stallions next year.
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.
The biggest favorite on the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships day program faltered, Lost in the Fog going down at 3-5 odds and finishing off the board in the $1.06 million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Friday morning as Lost in the Fog galloped around the Belmont Park track, owner Harry Aleo and Susan Seper, the breeder of the undefeated 3-year-old colt and most exciting prospect in this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, were taking it all in.
One of the groups paying particular attention at the rail the past few mornings at Belmont Park are those who will have some of the participants in their next careers – the farm owners and stallion managers.
While we'll have to wait until Wednesday morning for the post position draw for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, the connections of the runners in the TVG Sprint (gr. I) may be thrilled if their horse pulls the number five post.
The horse that more people are talking about than any other in the eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races arrived safely at Belmont Park Saturday night.
Undefeated 3-year-old Lost in the Fog worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 handily Thursday morning at Golden Gate Fields in his final drill for the $1-million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
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