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Edgar Prado give the thumbs up on Lost in the Fog after winning the Riva Ridge Stakes.
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2005 Riva Ridge and Manhattan Handicap Results

Date: 06/12/2005

The undercard of the Belmont Stakes included five other graded stakes races. The Grade 2 Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup Stakes for 3-year-olds drew the most attention by the presence of the undefeated Lost in the Fog. Many felt he should have been entered in the Triple Crown, but he was never nominated, his connections opting to keep him at sprint distances. Seven others entered to challenge the prohibitive 2-5 favorite in this $200,000 event at 7 furlongs on the main track.

Under new rider Edgar Prado (replacing injured regular rider Russell Baze), Lost in the Fog was gunned to the front and battled on the pace with 12-1 shot Going Wild through a quarter in 22.22 and a half in 44.45. At this point Going Wild tired and dropped out of contention, as Richard Migliore asked 6-1 second choice Egg Head for his run. Egg Head's late move was futile, as Lost in the Fog was drawing away and finished 1 1/4 lengths clear at the line in a time of 1:21.54 over the fast track. It was another 2 1/2 lengths back to 28-1 shot Middle Earth in third.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey         Win   Place   Show
 2   Lost in the Fog    Prado         2.80    2.40   2.10
 6   Egg Head           Migliore              3.30   2.50
 5   Middle Earth       Stevens                      3.30

Winning Time:  1:21.54

$2 Exacta 2-6                   7.40
$2 Trifecta 2-6-5              58.00
Full results chart from DRF


Ron Turcotte, Secretariat's jockey, presents the trophy to the happy connections of Lost in the Fog. Winning trainer Greg Gilchrist said, "I think this was his toughest race. I could tell by the way he came back that he was tired. You knew that when we drew the 2-hole, we were going to get challenged two or three times in this race. It takes a pretty good horse to fend off half the field when they are laying back waiting for you and taking turns at you. This horse could run the second quarter faster than the first, if you wanted him to. They softened him up a little bit, but believe me, their tongues were hanging out trying to catch him. I think he could do with all of the best (of the three-year-olds). As good a job as Edgar (Prado) did, I still wish Russell (Baze) could have ridden this horse. That is taking nothing away from Edgar, I thought he did a great job." Gilchrist said that Lost in the Fog would start next in the King's Bishop Stakes at Saratoga.


Lost in the Fog and Edgar Prado head out to the track for the Riva Ridge Stakes. Prado said, "My horse is pretty good. When we were in the stretch, I hit him once and then again and he hit another gear. I wasn't worried about (Egg Head). He's got so much natural speed that I didn't want to push him too hard in the early going. But this colt is so good, that when I asked him for a little speed, he took off."


Second place finisher Egg Head in the post parade. His trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said, "He ran great. Obviously, we were second best. We have a very nice horse, and hopefully, we can find races without Lost in the Fog. The pace looked like it would be to our benefit. I thought we had a chance to get by, but Lost in the Fog kept finding more." Jockey Richard Migliore said, "He ran very hard today. My hat is off to the winner. I thought I had him coming to the 3/16 pole but the other horse dug in. My horse is really good, but we also hooked a really good horse in Lost in the Fog."


In the race before the Belmont Stakes, a field of eleven older horses went to post in the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap, a $400,000 event over 1 1/4 miles on the inner turf course. Artie Schiller was bet down to the 9-5 favorite in a field including Meteor Storm, the 4-1 second choice, and 6-1 third choice America Alive.

20-1 shot Quest Star and favorite Artie Schiller battled up front for the first mile and were joined by 15-1 shot Good Reward halfway down the backstretch, as Quest Star set the early fractions of 25.06, 49.96, and 1:13.63. At the top of the lane, Quest Star stubbornly held on through a mile in 1:37.19 but was tiring badly and dropped out of contention. Good Reward inherited the lead and was 1/2 a length ahead of the favorite at the 1/8 pole. 14-1 shot Relaxed Gesture, who was seventh early, rallied well taking a four wide path around the turn but Good Reward held on for the 1/2 length win in a time of 2:00.69 for the 1 1/4 miles over firm turf. Relaxed Gesture nosed out the favorite for second, while Meteor Storm disappointed finishing 7th and America Alive 8th.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey         Win   Place   Show
 2   Lost in the Fog    Prado         2.80    2.40   2.10
 6   Egg Head           Migliore              3.30   2.50
 5   Middle Earth       Stevens                      3.30

Winning Time:  1:21.54

$2 Exacta 2-6                   7.40
$2 Trifecta 2-6-5              58.00
Full results chart from DRF


Owner Ogden Mills Phipps leads Good Reward and Jerry Bailey down Victory Lane to the winner's circle. Winning trainer Shug McGaughey said, "I think Jerry (Bailey) just knew; he anticipated so much what was going on that he got him into a position where he would have a chance. We were behind a slow pace at Pimlico and he kicked, but just couldn't catch those two horses. I think this is a true mile and a quarter horse. I was glad to see him be versatile enough to be wherever he wants to be. We'll find someplace to run him, probably Saratoga. If we can continue to improve with the Breeders' Cup being here (Oct. 29th), it would be nice to have a chance."


Good Reward in the post parade. Winning jockey Jerry Bailey said, "I was just going to follow Edgar (Prado, aboard Artie Schiller) all the way. It seemed like he wanted out down the backside because of what happened at Pimlico, I think. When Jon (Court) stayed off the rail, I said this is almost like a Christmas present. I got to stay slow-paced and I was able to save ground. He still gave me a big kick. We went 49 for the half, and on this course, that's pretty slow. It's pretty firm."


Second place finisher Relaxed Gesture in the post parade. His trainer Christophe Clement said, "We ran a great race. I am very happy. He's a push-button horse, which Brice (Blanc) nearly perfect today." Jockey Brice Blanc said, "My horse ran huge. The race set up perfect for him and I was in good position, right from the start. It was a big improvement from his last two races. I'm glad Christophe gave me a chance to continue riding him. I thought a lot of him coming into the race, and I think the farther he goes, the better he'll get."


Third place finisher and beaten favorite Artie Schiller in the post parade. Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said, "I don't know what the other guy was thinking letting the winner up the rail. He just didn't have it the last little bit. It doesn't make any sense with his breeding, or maybe he just doesn't want to run this far. He's an El Prado out of a Majestic Light mare. It just looks like he's better when he's chugging against a faster pace." Jockey Edgar Prado, "He broke good. We were in a perfect spot. We tried to run down good reward, and we couldn't go by him. That may have cost me second. Today, we were outside. We didn't have an excuse."

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