04/24/2006 12:00AM

Carr's week includes milestone and ban

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Carthage (right), with Dennis Carr in the saddle, defeats the reigning sprint champion, Lost in the Fog, in the Golden Gate Sprint on Saturday.

ALBANY, Calif. - Jockey Dennis Carr is coming off the most eventful week of his riding career.

He won the 2,000th race of his career, rode Carthage to victory over Eclipse Award winner Lost in the Fog, was handed a five-day suspension, won a second stakes on Sunday, and then survived Ruttini's fatal breakdown with only a bruised right shoulder.

Carr won his 2,000th race in Thursday's fifth aboard Joan Elle, and he didn't even realize the significance of the victory until he was handed a sign that commemorated the event for the winner's circle photo.

Carr wasn't as surprised when Carthage defeated Lost in the Fog in the $100,000 Golden Gate Sprint on Saturday. Carthage was coming off two straight stakes wins, recording a triple-digit Beyer Figure in each.

"I thought we would test his mettle today," Carr said. "Every race with this horse has been phenomenal. He's just a pure racehorse."

Carr thought he was in trouble heading into the turn of the six-furlong race when Lost in the Fog stuck his head, then his neck, in front.

"Right at the elbow, he had me," Carr said. "If he'd gotten another stride or two, he could have come over, but he stayed on his course and allowed me to move up.

"I asked my horse a little early, but when he put his head in front, he became a different beast. He put his head into the bit."

Both Carthage and Lost in the Fog came out of the race fine, although Lost in the Fog was tired after the race, his first since his seventh-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Sprint last fall. His rider, Russell Baze, said Lost in the Fog wasn't handling the cuppy track well on the turn and was slipping a little. He hit Lost in the Fog left-handed five times to the eighth pole and then tapped him right-handed three times.

"I wanted to make sure he finished out and got something out of the race," Baze said.

Trainer Greg Gilchrist had said earlier that the race would not be Lost in the Fog's best.

"They left there together, ran head and head, and the other one won, but just looking at my horse, he came back good, and he'll live to fight another day," Gilchrist said. "I still think he's a better horse, but it's up to him to prove it."

Gilchrist said he has no firm plan for Lost in the Fog's second start of the year.

Earlier on Saturday, Carr was taken down from a win in the first race when there was a rare double disqualification. Both Carr and Chance Rollins, who also had his horse taken down, received five-day suspensions beginning April 30.

On Sunday, Carr rode Vaca City Flyer to a course-record victory in the Rockridge Stakes on turf. Vaca City Flyer, making her turf debut, broke a 31-year-old course record by running five furlongs in 55.25. Vaca City Flyer, like Carthage, is trained by Art Sherman.

One race later, the Sherman-trained Ruttini suffered a fatal breakdown in the stretch with Carr aboard. Carr immediately jumped to his feet. He was expected to ride on Wednesday after X-rays of his right shoulder proved negative.

Garcia headed south

Apprentice jockey Martin Garcia, who is on the verge of ending Russell Baze's phenomenal string of riding championships in northern California, says he will begin riding at Hollywood Park when the Golden Gate Fields meeting ends May 7.

"I just want to finish this meet to see if I can win the title or not," Garcia said Sunday in the Golden Gate Fields jockeys' room. "After this meet, I want to try to see what happens down there.

"I just want to go to have a new experience to learn more and more as a jockey. I want to go try a different place and see if I have the same luck I do here."

Garcia, 21, leads the Golden Gate Fields jockey standings with 101 victories through Sunday. Baze is second with 84.

Baze has won every northern California major race meeting that he has competed in since the 1980-81 meet, with the exception of the Golden Gate Fields 2003-04 meet, when he missed two months of the season. Garcia and Baze tied for the lead in the winter Bay Meadows meeting before the current Golden Gate meet.

Garcia's agent, Roger Olguin, will continue to book his mounts at Hollywood Park. Olguin said that Garcia will ride at Hollywood Park on the Gold Rush card Sunday.

Adreamisborn has final work for Mile

Adreamisborn completed his preparations for next Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile on the turf with a five-furlong main-track work in 1:00.88 for five furlongs on Saturday.

"I'm glad that race is on the turf," said Baze, aboard for the work. "He didn't seem to be getting hold of the track very well, but it was a good steady work."

Baze will ride Adreamisborn on Saturday.

There are 26 nominees for the San Francisco BC Mile.

Saturday's card also includes a pair of overnight stakes for 3-year-old fillies, the six-furlong Glen Ellen on the main track and 1 1/16-mile Montclair on the turf. In addition, there is a 1 3/8-mile turf race, the Walnut Creek.

* Wednesday's co-features are both turf events, a $40,000 starter allowance for 3-year-old fillies at one mile and a $32,000 claimer at 1 1/16 miles for older fillies and mares.

* Sixteen fillies and mares - including Strong Faith, who has won two straight stakes, and Eleanor Rose, who just won the $100,000 Work the Crowd - were nominated for the Grade 3, $150,000 Yerba Buena Breeders' Cup Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on the turf.

* Beginning Wednesday and lasting through the end of the meeting on May 7, the post time will be 1:05 p.m.