Updated on 09/17/2011 11:37PM

BC Sprint: Fog draws inside other speed horse


ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Greg Gilchrist said he wasn't overly concerned about Wednesday's post position draw for Saturday's $1,060,000 - both before and after his undefeated Lost in the Fog drew post 7 in a field of 11 horses entered for the six-furlong race.

Lost in the Fog was established as the even-money favorite for the Sprint, which will go as the fourth of the eight Breeders' Cup races on Saturday's 10-race program at Belmont. He is expected to go off as the shortest-priced favorite on the card.

The field for the Sprint was reduced to 11 shortly before posts were drawn because trainer Patrick Biancone withdrew the pre-entered Pomeroy from the race. High Fly and Roman Ruler, who were also pre-entered, dropped out earlier in the week after sustaining injuries during their final workouts for the race.

Biancone said Pomeroy appears to have incurred an injury while working. He returned lame in his left front foot after breezing four furlongs in 49.60 seconds at Turfway Park on Wednesday.

Lost in the Fog will enter the Breeders' Cup Sprint with a perfect record in 10 starts, including an easy victory in the Grade 1 Kings Bishop at Saratoga. The Sprint will be the 3-year-old's second start against older horses. He prepped for the race with an easy 7 3/4-length victory against older foes in the Bay Meadows Speed Handicap.

"I used to worry a lot more about where we're drawn but I don't really think it matters much what post you draw in a race like this," Gilchrist said. "Because if you don't break well it's probably not going to be a very fruitful afternoon anyway. But I'm happy with where we are, especially in a case like this where the other speed horse is outside us."

Gilchrist was referring to Lifestyle, who drew post 9 for the Sprint.

Russell Baze, who has ridden Lost in the Fog to 9 of his 10 wins, will again have the mount.

"I don't think we'll do anything different strategy-wise on Saturday than we've been doing," said Gilchrist. "Russell will get out of there, send him, and then see what the others are doing. He's pretty good at assessing whether he's got to go too hard to make the lead or if he's got to take back a little."

The field

Breeders' Cup Sprint
Purse: $1,060,000; 6 furlongs; Grade 1

1Taste of ParadiseG. Gomez12612-1
2Attila's StormP. Valenzuela12430-1
3Silver TrainE. Prado1248-1
4Battle WonR. Dominguez12610-1
5Lion TamerJ. Velazquez12612-1
6Wildcat HeirS. Elliott12610-1
7Lost in the FogR. Baze124Even
8Elusive JazzR. Albarado12612-1
9LifestyleA. Solis12630-1
10ImperialismV. Espinoza12615-1
11GygistarJ. Castellano12612-1

* Track odds