With Russell Baze aboard, Lost in the Fog broke alertly and led every step of the six-furlong exhibition, coasting home in 1:08.05. Halo Cat finished second, chasing the winner all the way, with Jeffries Bay third. The field was reduced to four by two late scratches."Everything went perfect," trained Greg Gilchrist said. "If people don't think this is a good horse by now, they haven't been paying attention."The win produced incredibly low payoffs at Bay Meadows: $2.10 to win and place, $1.30 for the $1 exacta and $1.50 for the trifecta. Out of nearly $492,000 bet in win and place wagers, more than $444,000 was on Lost in the Fog, creating a $58,809 minus pool. Lost in the Fog drew an on-track crowd of 8,314 -- more than double a normal Saturday at Bay Meadows with a giveaway."I've never been on a horse cooler than this horse," Baze said. "The crowd was hooting and hollering, and it didn't rattle him at all."Eighty-five year old owner Harry Aleo loved seeing the crowd's reaction to his 3-year-old colt. "That's the ultimate for me," said the San Francisco native. "Seeing the grandstand packed, everybody rooting for you; it's better than winning a half million somewhere else."Lost in the Fog could have traveled to New York for the $500,000 Vosburgh (gr. I) Saturday, Gilchrist said.
"I really feel we would have won the Vosburgh," Gilchrist said. "We'll probably get our chance to find out soon."
The win increased Lost in the Fog's bankroll to $889,075. Bred in Florida, the colt is a son of Lost Soldier out of the Dr. Carter mare Cloud Break.Gilchrist plans to ship to New York on Oct. 18 with one or two light works before the Breeders' Cup.
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