Lost in the Fog Even-Money Pick in Aristides

(from Churchill Downs report)
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.

The 4-year-old son of Lost Soldier emerged as one of the most popular horses in American racing in 2005 when he opened his career with 10 consecutive victories. But Lost in the Fog faltered as the favorite in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Belmont Park, where he finished seventh to Silver Train. He then opened his 4-year-old campaign with an upset loss to Carthage in the Golden Gate Sprint on April 27 at Golden Gate Fields.

That leaves trainer Greg Gilchrist looking for progress in the Aristides that will keep Lost in the Fog on track for a return date in the $2 million Sprint, which will be run on Nov. 4.

"The main thing is not to have seven or eight races piled up if you are going to make it to the Breeders' Cup," said Gilchrist. "I think we went in (with) more of a tired horse last year than we did a fresh horse, so we're trying to avoid that."

Lost in the Fog will be ridden by Northern California legend Russell Baze, racing's leading active rider, and will carry high weight of 124 pounds. Churchill Downs handicapper Mike Battaglia has made the champion an even-money favorite to get back on the winning track.

Awaiting the champion will be a pair of foes that do their best running at Churchill Downs. One is Summerplace Farm's Kelly's Landing, who set a track record of 1:07.59 in winning last year's Aristides Breeders' Cup for trainer Eddie Kenneally. The second is Frank L. Jones, Jr.'s Exciting Metro, who rallied to defeat Kelly's Landing in an allowance race last month and has scored all five of his career victories under the Twin Spires.

Level Playingfield, a late running third in the Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II) in his last start, and Yes Yes Yes, an allowance winner at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, lead the other contenders.

$150,000 Aristides Breeders' Cup (gr. III, Race 10, 5:58 p.m.), 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