The San Francisco connections for undefeated star Lost in the Fog have been looking for the right spot to prep their colt for the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Oct. 29. They may have found it in their backyard.Bay Meadows announced Wednesday that it is adding the $100,000 Bay Meadows Speed Handicap, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up that will be run Oct. 1 to its 2005 fall stakes schedule."I'm very happy this race has come about," said Lost in the Fog's trainer Greg Gilchrist. "It would definitely fit into our schedule well. I'd have to say we're very interested."The Bay Area-based Lost in the Fog is undefeated in nine starts. Owned by Harry J. Aleo of San Francisco, Lost in the Fog captured the King's Bishop (gr. I) at Saratoga in his most recent start and is being pointed for the Breeders' Cup. Belmont Park hosts racing's championship day.Nominations to the Speed Handicap close Sept. 24 at midnight. "Upon reviewing our stakes schedule, we felt the addition of a sprint race for 3-year-olds and older horses would be an asset to our program," said F. Jack Liebau, president of Bay Meadows Racing Association. "The timing of the race works well for West Coast horses that may be looking at the Breeders' Cup.
"The fall meeting is off to a good start," Liebau continued. "We had more than 10,000 adult fans (10,887) and 4,000 children here on Labor Day, and we'd like to go for another big day on Oct. 1."
The $125,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) will also be contested that day. The Bay Meadows Handicap is 1 1/8-mile turf contest for 3-year-olds and up.