06/15/2013 5:20PM

Golden Gate Fields: First-time starter Skydreamin wins Lost in the Fog photo

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Skydreamin (2), ridden by Russell Baze, prevails by a head over runner-up Tupelo Cush (rail), who was a nose in front of Olympic Jumble.

Skydreamin, an $80,000 purchase at the Ocala March 2-year-olds-in-training sale, proved gamest in the lane as he captured the $55,000 Lost in the Fog Stakes in his racing debut Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

Skydreamin ($5.20) scored a hard-fought victory after a thrilling three-way battle through the stretch after running into trouble early and racing greenly.

A son of Sky Mesa, Skydreamin broke well from post 2, but veered in and bumped favored Olympic Jumble. Skydreamin fell back to last, five lengths behind Olympic Jumble after the opening quarter.

He finally got rolling while three wide on the middle of the turn as Tupelo Crush, who stalked Olympic Jumble early, seemed to be taking command of the race.

But Skydreamin was in gear, and Olympic Jumble began to re-rally making it a three-way charge for the finish line. It looked like anyone’s race, but Skydreamin stuck his head in front late to defeat Tupelo Crush by a head with Olympic Jumble third, only a nose farther back.

Winning time for the five-furlong race was 1:00.64.

“He’s talented, but he was awfully green early,” said winning jockey Russell Baze, who was scoring his fourth straight stakes win going back to the Grade 3 All American with Summer Hit on May 27.

After straightening Skydreamin when he ducked in, Baze had to settle the colt a second time when Game Stone came in and spooked him.

He said that he finally got the colt to run when he took him wide so that he could run in the clear and was impressed by the way Skydreamin easily moved into contention.

Baze said Skydreamin was getting tired, but said, “This is a pretty quality colt, and I think the quality showed out there.”

Winning trainer Jeff Bonde said he thought Skydreamin might take the lead early but was impressed by the effort because the colt “left himself with a lot to do.”

The victory was worth $30,300.