11/14/2001 12:00AM

Fog lifts from Shadow Mountain in Forego


Owner Louis O'Brien's Shadow Mountain broke a five-race losing streak in Friday's $15,000 Forego Handicap at Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Ill. Shadow Mountain, who started the year with four straight wins, had suffered some tough defeats recently, most notably a nose loss to Tic N Tin here Oct. 16 in the Pete Condellone Handicap, rebounded well to handle a tough field of older horses for trainer Ralph Martinez. With this win, Shadow Mountain pushed his yearly earnings over $95,000 and returned $4 as the even-money favorite under leading rider Vincente Flores. He covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.80.

* Apprentice Jesse Wheat Jr. narrowly escaped serious injury in Saturday night's second race when his mount, even-money favorite Roanoke Lady, clipped heels, throwing Wheat to the ground. Wheat suffered only superficial injuries to the face as well as bruised ribs and is scheduled to be back in action with mounts this weekend. Wheat, who missed part of the season with a broken collar bone, has still managed a successful first season with 31 wins.

* Trainer Robin Keller sent out Steve Jansen's Gun Runner on Saturday to win his fifth race this season at three different tracks. Gun Runner had previously won two races each at Columbus and The Woodlands. Gun Runner, a bottom-level claimer who gives his best each time out, now has a seasonal record of 15-5-4-1 and earnings of more than $16,400. Marcial Campos was aboard for an $8 payoff.

* Two-year-old Cj's Sunshine has come to hand well in his last two starts with impressive victories, most recently in a nonwinners-of-two allowance Saturday night. Cj's Sunshine, bred and owned by John Wonders Sr. and trained by his son John Wonders Jr., didn't win his maiden until his sixth start here on Oct. 27 but did it by more than 10 lengths. Saturday's race was much the same: Cj's Sunshine cleared the field on the turn and held a four-length margin at the wire. Cj's Sunshine paid $6.40 with Flores in the saddle.