06/24/2005 11:00PM

If Egg Head wants Lost in the Fog, he's got him

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MIAMI - Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin won't have to wait very long if he wishes to get his talented 3-year-old Egg Head a rematch against Lost in the Fog. Both horses are nominated to the $300,000 Carry Back Stakes here July 9, although McLaughlin also has several other options for Egg Head if he chooses to avoid another confrontation.

Undefeated in seven races, Lost in the Fog beat Egg Head by 1 3/4 lengths when they met in the Riva Ridge Stakes at Belmont on June 11, the smallest margin of victory ever for Lost in the Fog. The loss also snapped a three-race win streak for Egg Head.

McLaughlin, who took over the training of Egg Head after his 9 1/2-length triumph in Delaware Park's LaBelle Memorial Stakes on May 7, has also nominated Egg Head for the $500,000 Smile Sprint on the July 9 Summit of Speed program. The Smile is open to 3-year-olds and up, and the Carry Back is restricted to 3-year-olds.

"He's nominated to both races at Calder but could also run in the Tom Fool Handicap at Belmont or in the mile and a sixteenth Leonard Richards Stakes at Delaware Park," McLaughlin said.

Both the Tom Fool and Leonard Richards will be run July 17. Egg Head was scheduled to have worked at Belmont on Sunday.

McLaughlin has nominated two other horses to the Summit of Speed card: Bending Strings for the Grade 2, $500,000 Princess Rooney Handicap and Exit to Heaven for the $300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes.

Nominations for six of the eight Summit of Speed stakes closed Saturday.

Sir Jackie wins after surface switch

When Saturday's $40,000 Lord Juban Stakes was switched from the turf to the main track, the change played right into the hands of trainer David Vivian and Sir Jackie.

A late-striding 3-year-old, Sir Jackie was on the also-eligible list and would likely have been a non-starter if the Lord Juban had gone as scheduled on the turf. But the surface switch and the subsequent scratch of three of the nine original entrants allowed Sir Jackie not only to start but rally to a three-quarter-length victory over Talented Prince. Sir Jackie paid $15.60 and completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.47.

The switch to the dirt had the opposite effect on 6-5 favorite and apparent grass specialist Dream on Dream On, who finished third after setting an uncontested pace to midstretch.

Ritvo duo posts fastest works

Trainer Tim Ritvo on Saturday worked his two undefeated juveniles, R Loyal Man and R Fast Favorite. R Loyal Man worked four furlongs in 47.60 seconds, and R Fast Favorite worked five furlongs in 1:00.60. Both were the fastest at the distance on Saturday's tab.

R Loyal Man could make his next start in the Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs, and R Fast Favorite is a leading candidate for the $75,000 Birdonthewire here July 9.