Unbeaten Lost in the Fog ready for Breeders
By Steve Ginsburg
ELMONT, New York (Reuters) – Lost in the Fog puts his
unblemished record to the test in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup
Sprint at Belmont Park on Saturday with the prestigious Horse
of the Year title possibly on the line.
The $4 million Classic usually commands the most attention
on Breeders’ Cup day but Lost in the Fog’s unbeaten status and
his penchant for winning by large margins have captured the
Lost in the Fog, who has stomped his rivals by a collective
66 3/4 lengths in winning each of his 10 career races, is an
even money favorite in the 6-furlong race at Belmont Park.
The dark bay colt, trained by Greg Gilchrist and ridden by
Russell Baze, has won at eight different tracks but has just
one victory at the Grade One level.
Despite his unbeaten record, Lost in the Fog may have to
win — and do it impressively — if he is going to have a shot
at Horse of the Year honors.
No thoroughbred limited exclusively to sprinting has ever
won the honor, with the award generally going to horses running
the classic longer distances of the Triple Crown races.
Woodward Stakes champion Saint Liam is the early favorite
for the Classic at 2-1 odds but the bay horse will have to
break from the deep outside in the 13-horse field.
Saint Liam’s chief competition was expected to come from
Rock Hard Ten but the dark brown son of Kris S was scratched
Friday with a minor injury to his right foot.
Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Borrego is expected to press
Saint Liam along with the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt Oratorio,
winner of the Irish Champion Stakes.
Saint Liam will be ridden by Jerry Bailey, who has seven
mounts in the eight Breeders’ Cup races. The 48-year-old
already holds the record for career Breeders’ wins with 14.
Bailey will be aboard First Samurai, the odds-on favorite
to win the $1.5 million 1 1/16-mile Juvenile.
First Samurai is unbeaten in four career starts and a
victory Saturday will thrust the son of 2000 Classic runner-up
Giant’s Causeway into the favorite’s role for the 2006 Kentucky
Four horses who captured Breeders’ Cup races last year in
Texas will defend their titles at Belmont Park, including
Britain’s Ouija Board in the Filly and Mare Turf.
The other horses shooting for an encore victory are Ashado
in the Distaff, Better Talk Now in the Turf, and Singletary in