06/06/2010 11:00PM

First look at Northern California juveniles


Ammunition and King Cobra, the two most impressive juvenile winners at the Golden Gate meet, will match up in the $50,000 Lost in the Fog Stakes at five furlongs on Saturday. Minutesandtouches, third to Ammunition in what is considered the best 2-year-old race run yet, will also run.

Trainer Terry Knight expects Minutesandtouches to run better at five furlongs than the 4 1/2 of his last race and is waiting for distances to stretch out even more.

Trainer Jeff Bonde nominated six runners, including four first-timers. He wouldn't commit to which horses he intended to run in the Lost in the Fog, saying only that he would be "well represented" in the race.

One Bonde colt possible for the race is American Wildcat, who was beaten three-quarters of a length after dueling with Ammunition all the way in their debut. American Wildcat didn't switch leads that day, which may have cost him the race. Road Ready seems to be training the best of Bonde's first-timers, and Bonde has won stakes with debut runners before.

Others possible for the Lost in the Fog include Gone Rebel, a winner in his debut at Lone Star; The Great Caper, coming off a claiming win at Hollywood Park; and Golden Warrior.

* Longtime owner Al Hoffman, who raced horses at Golden Gate Fields for 25 years, died of a stroke on Friday at age 96. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Home of Eternity, 5000 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, Calif.

* The Wiener Nationals II dog races will be held at Golden Gate on Saturday. The meet closes Sunday with $1 refreshment specials and music by The Cheeseballs.