06/10/2010 12:00AM

A bunch want to be ahead early in Lost in the Fog


ALBANY, Calif. - Northern California's first 2-year-old stakes of 2010 could provide the most interesting running yet of the $50,000 Lost in the Fog Stakes on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

The field for the five-furlong race includes the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Ammunition, a game winner in his debut here on May 22; Gone Rebel, a debut winner at Lone Star Park; and River's Chapel, a Hollywood Park winner in his second start after getting nipped in the final strides in his debut. All three scored wire-to-wire victories. There's also Over the Budget, an April 30 debut winner here. He dueled up front early, grabbed the lead on the turn, and pulled clear late.

Also running is $300,000 Barretts purchase Road Ready, a first-time starter for trainer Jeff Bonde, who has good success with debut runners in stakes races. He has bullet works at two, three, and four furlongs (46.60 seconds from the gate). Russell Baze, who rode Ammunition to victory over the Bonde-trained American Wildcat, takes off Ammunition to ride Road Ready.

Speed is often the name of the game in early stakes races, but a pair of runners who will be sitting back early could give the speedballs all they want late.

Trainer Dennis Patterson sends out King Cola, a debut winner for a $32,000 tag here on May 21 in a visually impressive outing when he rallied four wide and pulled clear in the lane to win by 4 1/4 lengths.

Trainer Terry Knight is adding blinkers to Minutesandtouches, a $140,000 purchase who was third to Ammunition in his debut.

King Cola drew the outside post in the field of nine, which will give jockey Michael Martinez, second in the standings to Baze, the chance to get into good stalking position early.

"This is a very intelligent colt," said Patterson. "He's a straight-A student. The first time you ask the colt to do something or show him something, he picks it up immediately."

By Belmont winner Lemon Drop Kid, King Cola is bred to be a top turf router. In addition to being smart, he also is quite competitive, which has Patterson looking forward to seeing how he'll do Saturday.

Knight could have opted for a Friday maiden race, but said he feels five furlongs is a better distance for Minutesandtouches. Minutesandtouches had to be asked for speed in his third-place debut, and Knight said the colt acts like he wants to route. He said the blinkers are simply an attempt to get Minutesandtouches to focus better.