04/19/2006 11:00PM

Carthage latest winning claim for Sherman


ALBANY, Calif. - Carthage is one in a long line of recent top claims for trainer Art Sherman.

Carthage, who should give Lost in the Fog a true test in Saturday's Golden Gate Fields Sprint, has won 5 of 8 starts since Sherman claimed him for $32,000 on Sept. 1, 2004, at Del Mar.

"I noticed he was a first-time gelding, but he was by a nice horse," Sherman said. "I needed a horse with conditions, so we took a shot."

A son of Smoke Glacken, Carthage missed most of 2005 after surgery for a bone chip in a hind ankle but has won three straight, including the San Carlos Handicap and Fairfax Stakes. He has earned triple-digit Beyers in his past two starts.

So has Carthage been Sherman's best claim?

"He's been one of them," he said.

His best claim was actually a reclaim of Desert Boom, who won the Grade 3 Berkeley Handicap and the Claiming Crown Jewel, ran second in the Cal Cup Classic, and was third in the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup and Grade 3 Longacres Mile.

Another success story is Siren Lure, who has won four stakes, including three in a row, since Sherman claimed him. He is the 122-pound highweight in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 San Simeon at Santa Anita.

Sherman will be at Santa Anita to saddle Siren Lure on Saturday.

Seattle Buddy may go in San Simeon instead

Owner Priamos Yennaris put up $1,500 to supplement Seattle Buddy into the Golden Gate Fields Sprint, but trainer George Frousiakis said the 4-year-old colt was also being entered in the San Simeon at 6 1/2 furlongs down the hill on Santa Anita's turf course.

"The owners want to give it a shot up north," Frousiakis said. "One of the main reasons is to get him stakes-placed."

He said the decision would be made after entries were taken for the San Simeon, where Seattle Buddy would have to carry 112 pounds compared with 116 in the Sprint. The number of entrants and the draw for the San Simeon would be the determining factors.

Frousiakis said Seattle Buddy would not get in a pace battle with Carthage and Lost in the Fog.

"I'd like to sit just off them," he said.

All three horses have good early speed, and each is capable of a sub-44-second opening half-mile.

With Lost in the Fog drawn outside his two pace rivals, he could have a strategic advantage and might be able to sit back a little early. He will make his presence felt on the turn with his ability to run strong second quarters.

Despite rain, Lost in the Fog got all his works in

Trainer Greg Gilchrist has no complaints about Lost in the Fog's 10 works in preparation for the six-furlong Sprint. He is surprised that the colt never missed a work, given the amount of rain in the area.

"You always wonder if a horse will come back to what he was," Gilchrist said. "You don't forget how to run. The one thing you don't know, your hope is they come back with the same want and desire."

Said the trainer of Carthage, Sherman: "I'm kind of excited. It's good to have Lost in the Fog back. But if he's going to get beat, this could be the time, even though he's worked sensationally. If he's on his game, if he runs [1:07]-and-change, I can't beat him."

With some rain in the forecast, Sherman said he would like to see a wet track, which Carthage really likes.

* Apprentice Edwin Fernandez was handed a 20-day suspension, from April 26-May 21, for careless riding after crossing over aboard Bucks Hidden Asset and causing Behold Amadeus to clip heels and fall in Sunday's third race. Fernandez also received a 10-day suspension on Feb. 26.