06/30/2005 12:00AM

Baze gets back on Lost in the Fog

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MIAMI - Lost in the Fog worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 at Golden Gate Fields on Thursday in his final major tune-up for next Saturday's Grade 2 Carry Back Stakes at Calder.

Regular rider Russell Baze was back aboard the undefeated Lost in the Fog for Thursday's work after sitting out the last month with a fractured collarbone.

"The track wasn't very good here today," trainer Greg Gilchrist said from Golden Gate following the work. "It was cuppy, loose, and very dead, probably a second off what it would normally be like. I told Russell to try to hit a minute if he could. That would be perfect.

"I saw a lot of horses struggling out there this morning, and for safety's sake I felt it was better to undertrain him and have him in good shape for next week. He's plenty fit now, anyway, so I don't need him throwing those 58-and-change works any more."

Edgar Prado replaced Baze aboard Lost in the Fog for his victory over Egg Head in Belmont's Grade 2 Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup Handicap on June 11, but Baze will be back aboard for the Carry Back.

"Russell is supposed to start riding again here next week, and I wouldn't think twice about not putting him back on even after Edgar gave him such a good ride in New York," said Gilchrist. "This is Russell's mount to keep and I'm glad to have him back on the horse."

Gilchrist said Lost in the Fog will fly to Miami on Saturday and walk Sunday morning before returning to training here next week.

"I'll see what the weather is like when we get there and then decide how his training will go once at Calder," said Gilchrist, who will join Lost in the Fog in Florida over the weekend. "I know they get a lot of rain down there this time of year, but if it rains it wouldn't bother me. Neither should the heat. It was plenty muggy in New York when he ran at Belmont."

Egg Head takes a pass

Gilchrist was also happy to learn that trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has decided not to send Egg Head to Calder for the Carry Back. Egg Head, who finished 1 1/4 lengths behind Lost in the Fog in the Riva Ridge, was nominated to both the Carry Back and $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap on the Summit of Speed card, but McLaughlin confirmed Thursday that Egg Head would not be coming for either event.

"He had a tiny little setback and I just couldn't make the races that day," said McLaughlin. "The Leonard Richards at Delaware is a possibility for his next start."

The Richards, a Grade 3, $300,000 race at 1 1/16 miles, will be run July 17.

McLaughlin said he still might bring Exit to Heaven down for the $300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes. Exit to Heaven is coming off a second-place finish behind Partners Due in Belmont's Meadow Star Stakes. Partners Due is also among the nominees for the six-furlong Azalea.

Castro to ride Happy Ticket

Eddie Castro, Calder's leading jockey, has been tabbed by trainer Andrew Leggio Jr. to ride Happy Ticket in the $500,000 Princess Rooney Handicap, according to Castro's agent, Mike Gonzalez. Happy Ticket is undefeated in nine starts and will take on a strong field that includes Madcap Escapade in the Princess Rooney.

Castro is also slated to ride Nightmare Affair in the Smile, Cin Cin in the Carry Back, and Hide and Chic in the Azalea.