06/07/2007 11:00PM

All kinds of juveniles in Lost in the Fog


ALBANY, Calif. - Two-year-olds take the spotlight on Golden Gate Fields's closing day Sunday when eight meet in the inaugural running of the $50,000-added Lost in the Fog Stakes at five furlongs.

Northern California's first 2-year-old stakes race of the year should prove competitive, with some precocious young horses, but it is definitely a mixed bag.

Five of the eight are winners. Three are stablemates in the Jeff Bonde barn. One is stakes-placed. One makes his racing debut. One is a filly.

Imaginary Sailor looked extremely good winning his debut by four lengths on May 19. He's a half-brother to Cause to Believe and gray like his older sibling, who blossomed early, winning stakes at ages 2 and 3 and earning a shot in the Kentucky Derby last year.

Peter Abruzzo and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who also own Cause to Believe, purchased Imaginary Sailor for $45,000 last September at Keeneland.

"It meant something, to us anyway, that he was a half to Cause to Believe," Hollendorfer said.

Imaginary Sailor has a bullet half-mile work since his victory in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race.

"He ran very professionally in his debut," said Hollendorfer, who appreciated the way he won even more than the fact that he was within hailing distance of the track record for the distance.

Orientate Me lost to Imaginary Sailor in his debut but comes back with two others from the Bonde barn: Run Brother Ron, second in the May 27 Willard Proctor at Hollywood Park after setting the pace, and Deputy Bertrando.

"I was very disappointed by Orientate Me's debut because he'd trained like a good horse," Bonde said. "The jockey told me he just had the first-time blues, but we think he has a big future.

"Run Brother Ron had been rating well in the morning, but he beat the gate in that race, and Gonzo" - Roberto Gonzalez, who will ride Orientate Me - "couldn't get him to rate and also broke his whip."

Bonde said Deputy Bertrando is more difficult to judge. "He's lazy," he said, "but when he works from the gate or runs, he shows up."

The filly Gorgeous Gibson also has a bullet half-mile drill after an impressive debut win.

"I kept looking for reasons not to run," trainer Greg Gilchrist said, "but we nominated her because it didn't cost anything and there's not a 2-year-old filly stakes for another 20 days, so I'd have to work her three times anyway."