A six-furlong race for 4-year-olds and up, the GGF Sprint will be Lost in the Fog's first race since Oct. 29, when he suffered the only loss of his brilliant career in the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Belmont Park. Lost in the Fog finished seventh in the Breeders' Cup.
Lost in the Fog won eight stakes last year, including the King's Bishop (gr. I) at Saratoga, and earned the Eclipse Award as the nation's outstanding sprinter of 2005. He enters the GGF Sprint with a record that features 10 wins in 11 career starts and $889,075 in earnings.
Greg Gilchrist trains Lost in the Fog, who is owned by Harry J. Aleo of San Francisco. The 4-year-old colt will be ridden by Russell Baze. The other runners will tote 116 pounds.The 4-year-old son of Lost Soldier has worked superbly for his return, most recently recording a dazzling five-furlong drill of :57 flat April 15 at Golden Gate, best of 39 moves at the distance that day.
The horse that appears to have the best chance to upset Lost in the Fog is the sharp 6-year-old gelding Carthage, who is coming off wins in the Fairfax Stakes at Golden Gate Fields and the San Carlos Handicap at Bay Meadows.
"I'm going to give it a shot," said trainer Art Sherman, of taking on Lost in the Fog. "If you're going to beat him, it might be in his first start back (off a layoff). We're hoping we have an edge in that our horse has been racing and is coming off two good races. I'd just like to scare 'em for a little while."
$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), SCRATCHED
3. Lost in the Fog (FL), 125, Russell Baze
4. Elegant Ice (CA), 116, Francisco Duran
5. Twentythreejaybird (PA), 116, Chad Schvaneveldt