08/28/2005 11:00PM

Fog's connections mull options

Lost in the Fog, 9 for 9 after winning last Saturday's King's Bishop, could try older horses in the Vosburgh or run in the Breeders' Cup Sprint without a prep race. He would need to be supplemented for $90,000 to run in the Sprint.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - While it is more likely that Lost in the Fog will simply train up to the Breeders' Cup Sprint, trainer Greg Gilchrist opened the door a crack to run his undefeated 3-year-old sprinter against older horses in the Grade 1 Vosburgh at Belmont Park on Oct. 1.

Gilchrist said Monday that he would sit down this week with owner Harry Aleo and formulate a plan for the remainder of the year. Gilchrist said everything would be discussed, including stopping on the colt, stretching him out in distance, or pointing to the Breeders' Cup. Gilchrist said running in the Sprint is his preferred option. Aleo would have to supplement Lost in the Fog to the Breeders' Cup for a fee of $90,000.

Gilchrist said if the decision were made to run in the Breeders' Cup then he would have to decide how best to get there. Gilchrist said he would likely to ship Lost in the Fog to Belmont Park 2 1/2 to 3 weeks before the Breeders' Cup, so adding another week to that schedule and running in the Vosburgh is an option.

"The only way I might come is if he came home and showed no ill effects from the race,'' Gilchrist said Monday from his Golden Gate Fields barn. "I could possibly go to the Vosburgh and stay. That's something that's very remote, but it certainly is a possibility.''

Lost in the Fog, whose victory in the King's Bishop ran his record to 9 for 9, was due to fly back to northern California on Tuesday. Gilchrist said that Lost in the Fog was tired after the race and that jockey Russell Baze told him "inside the sixteenth pole I was out of gas, there was no horse left.''

Gilchrist said that everything was fine with Lost in the Fog's left hind foot, which had developed a quarter crack after the last race. Gilchrist said that Lost in the Fog would resume training in a bar shoe that protects the quarter crack. He did not race in a bar shoe.

Gilchrist said he would have no problem training Lost in the Fog up to the Breeders' Cup Sprint. It would be 63 days between races. Lost in the Fog had 48 days between the Carry Back at Calder and King's Bishop.

"We went from six to seven furlongs this time,'' Gilchrist said. "We're going from seven back to six. My license says 'Trainer' - I ought to be able to do that.''

One or two turns next for First Samurai

First Samurai, the emphatic Hopeful winner, was flown back to Kentucky on Monday and will train at Churchill Downs while his connections decide when and where to run him next.

Trainer Frank Brothers mentioned the Champagne at Belmont Park or the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland as possible next spots. Both are Grade 1 races worth $500,000 on Oct. 8. The Champagne is run at one mile around one turn, the Futurity at 1 1/16 miles around two turns.

Brothers admitted that the Champagne is more attractive from the standpoint that Belmont hosts the Breeders' Cup this year on Oct. 29. Brothers said he doesn't believe that First Samurai would be hindered by running a two-turn race prior to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, which this year is a one-turn, 1 1/16-mile race.

"There would be nothing wrong with going two turns at Keeneland and come back to Belmont and go a one-turn mile and a sixteenth,'' Brothers said.

Meanwhile, trainer Patrick Biancone said Henny Hughes, who had won his first three races and finished second in the Hopeful, will be pointed to the Champagne.

"Henny will live to fight another day,'' Biancone said. "Sometimes you run into a better horse. The other horse was better [Saturday].''

Leroidesanimaux may wait for Breeders' Cup

Trainer Bobby Frankel must decide whether to run Fourstardave Handicap winner Leroidesanimaux again before the Breeders' Cup Mile. Frankel noted that Leroidesanimaux is not Breeders' Cup eligible, but is likely to be supplemented to that race for a fee of $90,000.

However, Frankel said he would not run Leroidesanimaux in the Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont on Oct. 2 because he would be running for only half of the $350,000 purse. If Leroidesanimaux runs again before the Breeders' Cup, it could come in the $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 8.

"I told the owner I might just train him into the Breeders' Cup,'' Frankel said.

Leroidesanimaux earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 108 for his win in the Fourstardave.

Funny Cide returns to work tab

Funny Cide worked four furlongs in 51.16 seconds on the main track Monday morning, his first breeze in more than three weeks. Robin Smullen was aboard for the move, which was conducted over a wet track shortly after the track opened at 5:30 a.m.

Funny Cide missed about a week of training because of an injury to his back. Trainer Barclay Tagg said while the injury "scared me to death'' it has been taken care of with chiropractic work. Tagg said he would like to get a few more works into Funny Cide in order to have him ready to run at Belmont by the middle of September.

"I would like to get a race in him, and if I can do that and he runs well and I'm pleased with him then we will run in the Jockey Club,'' Tagg said. "If I can't get him ready then we will run him in the New York-bred races. My goal would be the Jockey Club Gold Cup and Breeders' Cup [Classic] if I can.''

Funny Cide won the Jockey Club Gold Cup last year. He has not run since finishing fourth in the Suburban on July 2.

Discreet Cat impresses in debut

Discreet Cat stated his case for being the most impressive debut juvenile winner here with a monstrous 3 1/2-length victory here on Saturday. He ran six furlongs in 1:09.76 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 106.

Trainer Stanley Hough said Discreet Cat trained the best of all his 2-year-olds, but that he had a little bit of a shin issue a few works prior to Saturday's start. While Hough said Discreet Cat is Breeders' Cup caliber, he said, "It would pretty much be a rush job to get there, so it's very, very doubtful.''

Hough said that Discreet Cat would have to really show he "needed to run'' to make his next start in the Grade 1 Futurity on Sept. 17.

Discreet Cat has the pedigree to run well at Saratoga. He is by Forestry, a King's Bishop winner, out of the dam Pretty Discreet, an Alabama winner.

* Jockey Gary Stevens has a bruised tailbone and took off his mounts on Sunday and Monday. Stevens is likely to return by the weekend, his agent, Craig O'Bryan, said.