04/21/2006 11:00PM

Carthage beats Lost in the Fog

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Carthage wins the Golden Gate Fields Sprint by three lengths at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday.

ALBANY, Calif. - Carthage ($4.80) stunned Eclipse Award winner Lost in the Fog, winning the Golden Gate Fields Sprint by three lengths at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday.

Lost in the Fog, making his first start since the Breeders' Cup, put his nose in front heading into the turn, but Carthage battled back to re-claim the lead and then began to open up. He led by a length at the quarter pole and opened his margin from there, covering six furlongs in 1:09.08 over a fast but cuppy track.

Elegant Ice was 4 1/4 lengths behind Lost in the Fog with Twentythreejaybird last another 14 lengths back.

"I couldn't stay with him, and I was a little concerned going into the turn," winning rider Dennis Carr said. "When my horse put his head back in front, he became a different beast. He put his head into the bit and took off."

Trainer Art Sherman's son Alan saddled the 6-year-old gelding with his father down south to saddle Siren Lure, the third-place finisher in the Grade 3 San Simeon.

"I was surprised Russell (Baze, the rider of Lost in the Fog) didn't lay back a bit, but I think he knows once our horse gets his head in front he's tough to beat," Alan Sherman said.

Art Sherman, who owns one-third of Carthage with Phil Baneth and Tony Vitone, was ecstatic about the race.

"I told everyone if he beat me, he'd have to pass me. I was surprised he had me 70 yards out of the gate. I was kinda surprised to see them go toe-to-toe the first part, and I thought I was in trouble, but Dennis had a lot of horse left, and this horse loves that track."

Lost in the Fog's trainer Greg Gilchrist had warned before the race that this wouldn't be his colt's best race. Immediately after the race, he congratulated Alan Sherman and Vitone.

"We just got outrun," he said. "I'm not one to offer excuses. They did a great job with him.

"Russell said he was slipping around the turn, but they both had to run on the same racetrack.

"This doesn't discourage me, especially with the weight we carried (125 pounds to 117 for Carthage), the cuppy racetrack and all. You're the Eclipse Award winner, you're supposed to carry weight and supposed to be the best horse."

Baze said Lost in the Fog "got a little tired," and Gilchrist said the jockey did the right thing not to push the colt simply to finish a little closer.

"I felt like he came back OK, and that's the main thing," Baze said. "We wish we could have won it, but, at least, we got a race into him."

Carthage earned $55,000 for his third straight stakes victory and fourth overall. He has earned $240,185 with eight victories in 17 starts.