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Lost in the Fog at Churchill Downs.
2005 champion sprinter Lost in the Fog visited Churchill Downs for the first time in his career, in the $150,000 Aristides Breeders' Cup Handicap (G3). Despite coming into the race off a two-race losing streak, he was the highweight in the race, carrying 124 pounds with the rest of the field carrying 117 or less, and he went off at odds of 1-2 in a field of six before an on-track crowd of 10,620.
Lost in the Fog was first out of the gate but 8-1 shot Exciting Metro took
over the lead shortly after, getting the initial quarter in a brisk 22.09
while Lost in the Fog stalked him to his outside. Rounding the turn, Lost in
the Fog passed Exciting Metro as the pacesetter faded from contention, getting
the half in 45.07. 7-2 second choice Kelly's Landing, who was fourth down the
backstretch, circled the field and was a length behind Lost in the Fog at the
top of the stretch. However, under steady encouragement by regular rider
Russell Baze, Lost in the Fog kept the late challenger at bay, prevailing by 1
1/4 lengths at the line in a time of 1:08.52 over the fast track. It was 3 1/4
lengths back from Kelly's Landing to 9-1 shot Level Playingfield in third.
The win is his 10th in 13 career starts, of which nine wins were in stakes
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 5 Lost in the Fog Baze 3.00 2.40 2.10 4 Kelly's Landing Bejarano 6.30 2.40 7 Level Playingfield McKee 2.80 Winning Time: 1:08.52 $2 Exacta 5-7 26.00 $2 Trifecta 5-7-4 26.00 $2 Trifecta 5-7-4-6 66.60
Lost in the Fog in the post parade before the race. Winning trainer Greg Gilchrist said, "We came here because simply if you're going to have a stallion, and you're going to showcase him - this is the place you want to be. You don't want to be in Northern California. You saw him at the head of the stretch. He had every reason to get beat and he came away from it. I think every race that if he can stay sound, he will move forward off of it." Gilchrist said Lost in the Fog will start next in the Summit of Speed at Calder.
Jockey Russell Baze is mobbed by the media after the race. Baze said, "He's definitely the best sprinter I've ever been on. He's got such an economic way of running. When he switches leads in the turn, a lot of horses slow down, and he speeds up. It's just natural for him to speed up when he switches leads there. I didn't move on him or anything. I just let him run his race and he just bolted to the front, and then he relaxed and had his ears back looking for the next challenge. When (Kelly's Landing) came, I asked him to run and just laid the body down and went on off."
You can see more of Tina's photos at Fast Horses Magazine.
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