05/22/2006 11:00PM

Lost in the Fog off to Churchill

Bill Vassar
Lost in the Fog will make his next start in the Aristides at Churchill.

SAN MATEO, Calif. - Lost in the Fog, last year's Eclipse sprint champion, will make his next start at Churchill Downs in the Grade 3, $150,000 Aristides Breeders' Cup on June 3.

Trainer Greg Gilchrist and owner Harry Aleo had also been considering the five-furlong, $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint at Lone Star Park on May 29.

"I was concerned about the heat in Texas and the fact he's never run on the turf," Gilchrist said.

Run at six furlongs, the Aristides will give Lost in the Fog a race over the track where the Breeders' Cup will be run this year. When asked if this played into his decision, Gilchrist said, "That has something to do with it."

Lost in the Fog will be accompanied to Churchill by stablemate Victorina, who will run in the Grade 3, $150,000 Dogwood Breeders' Cup at one mile. Winner of the $112,000 Meafara at Hawthorne on April 8, Victorina is Breeders' Cup-eligible.

Gilchrist said he had planned to rest Victorina after she ran second in a May 10 allowance race at Bay Meadows, but said she came out of that race so well he decided to keep her in training. Gilchrist also said he was looking for a spot to which he could ship both of his runners.

Loads of speed in sprint feature

Thursday's Bay Meadows feature pits seven sprinters going six furlongs in a $62,500 optional claimer.

There is plenty of speed in the heat. Stone Rain, who just won a $50,000 optional claimer, should get the lead, but it won't be so easy for him today, with Flying Supercon, Jeffries Bay, and Sunday Times in the lineup.

Flying Supercon returns to the Bay Area from Arizona, where he has finished second in minor stakes in his past two starts. A 7-year-old, Flying Supercon is back primarily for the upcoming fair circuit, but he is going well now, according to his trainer, Dan Morgan.

"He's a runner, but he's older and not quite as good as he was," said Morgan, who brought a dozen horses back to his home area for the fairs.

Flying Supercon has won 8 of 36 starts and earned $242,220. He has set the pace and finished second in his last two starts, showing the speed that helped him run second to Bonfante in last year's Ken Maddy Sprint at Golden Gate and Sam J. Whiting at Pleasanton.

The abundance of speed could help the late-running Rae's Totts, who was third to Stone Rain coming off a brief layoff.

"It helps out," said John Anderson, who trains Rae's Totts. "He'd be good going six, because he comes running. He's a nice, useful horse, but he's been hurt by the small fields, because someone usually can get an easy lead, and they're tough to catch."