09/01/2006 11:00PM

Fog to get chemotherapy


Eclipse sprint champion Lost in the Fog will undergo chemotherapy in hopes of putting his cancer into remission, according to his trainer, Greg Gilchrist. The sessions will begin this week at the University of California-Davis, Gilchrist said.

"He will have six treatments, three weeks apart," Gilchrist said. "He will leave every third week to go to UC-Davis and then come back to his stall at Golden Gate Fields."

The decision to use chemotherapy was reached Friday, Gilchrist said, after a course of medication failed to shrink the size of his tumors. Lost in the Fog underwent a series of tests, including an ultrasound scan, Thursday by the medical team at UC-Davis, headed by Dr. Gary Magdesian.

Lost in the Fog had been receiving dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, in hopes of shrinking his three tumors.

"We gave him steroids for nine or 10 days," Gilchrist said. "I was concerned we hadn't given enough time, but Dr. Magdesian said it was plenty of time if it was going to shrink the tumors.

Lost in the Fog, who remains healthy looking, could probably survive from two to five months under the current treatments, Gilchrist said, while the colt's chances of living a relatively healthy life would be in the neighborhood of two years with successful chemotherapy.

Gilchrist also said that veterinarians had told him the response of horses to the side effects of chemotherapy are not as pronounced as they can be in humans.