On Wednesday, Bay Meadows announced the addition of the six-furlong event to the stakes schedule in an attempt to draw hometown hero Lost in the Fog for his final Breeders' Cup prep race. The Bay Area-based Greg Gilchrist, trainer of Lost in the Fog, has not committed his undefeated colt to the Speed Handicap yet, but said it is an attractive option.
"(Woke Up Dreamin) needs a race anyway and he always runs flat the first time (off a layoff)," Baffert said. "I need to give him an out so maybe we'll go there. It'll be a short field and he can't run worse than second, right?"Woke Up Dreamin, a 5-year-old son of Holy Bull and the Storm Cat mare Dreamlike, won his last two races, the Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) at Calder Race Course and the True North Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park. He also finished third in two other graded stakes events and has banked $576,475 from a career line of 15-6-1-3.
If Woke Up Dreamin doesn't make the Bay Meadows feature, Baffert said, he will instead start in the $500,000 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park on Breeders' Cup Preview Day.
"I'd say (the two races) are about 50-50," Baffert said.