08/16/2005 12:00AM

Lost in the Fog to get familiar with track

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Roman Ruler, with exercise rider Simon Harris up, works a half-mile in 45.98 seconds Tuesday at Saratoga. He will make his next start in the $1 million Travers Stakes on Aug. 27.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Lost in the Fog was scheduled to arrive in Saratoga from California on Tuesday evening along with his trainer, Greg Gilchrist.

Lost in the Fog will run in the Grade 1 King's Bishop on the Travers Day undercard on Aug. 27. A 3-year-old, he is undefeated in eight starts, including seven stakes.

Gilchrist has never run a horse at Saratoga and said he intends to work Lost in the Fog here Sunday. Lost in the Fog worked at Golden Gate Fields last Sunday, covering five furlongs in 1:00.

Gilchrist said he decided to come to Saratoga early so Lost in the Fog could have a work over the track. Lost in the Fog has made several coast-to-coast trips this year, but his final piece of work had always come at Golden Gate.

"I hear the stories that horses need a race over the track at Saratoga," Gilchrist said by phone Monday. "I felt he will need the work, and, hell, I figured I could use a vacation, because I've never been to Saratoga."

Lost in the Fog will be stabled at trainer Gary Contessa's barn on the Oklahoma training track. Gilchrist became friendly with Contessa when Lost in the Fog stayed in Contessa's Aqueduct barn prior to winning the Grade 3 Bay Shore in April.

In his last start, Lost in the Fog won the Grade 2 Carry Back Stakes at Calder on July 10. Lost in the Fog has also won stakes at Turf Paradise, Gulfstream Park, Golden Gate and Belmont Park.

"He plays very few home games; he's always going to the other ballpark," Gilchrist said. "He's no stranger to moving around."

Russell Baze will ride Lost in the Fog in the King's Bishop, which is run at seven furlongs. Gilchrist said that perhaps Edgar Prado, who subbed for an injured Baze when Lost in the Fog won the Riva Ridge, would be aboard for the work Sunday.

Roman Ruler puts in Travers work

Haskell winner Roman Ruler worked over the main track Tuesday at Saratoga in preparation for the $1 million Travers.

Ridden by exercise rider Simon Harris, Roman Ruler covered a half-mile in 45.98 seconds and galloped out five furlongs in 59 over a track rated fast. He was timed in 34 seconds for three furlongs.

Tonja Terranova, who is overseeing Roman Ruler's training for trainer Bob Baffert, said the work was carried out per Baffert's instructions.

"Bob wanted him to leave the three-eighths pole running and have Simon take a hold right away," Terranova said. "It was an effortless move."

Henny Hughes works in company

When the main track opened at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Henny Hughes, an undefeated 2-year-old, worked in company with a stablemate. Henny Hughes covered five furlongs in 59.01 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:12. His earlier fractions were 23.60 and 35.40.

Henny Hughes, who won the Grade 2 Saratoga Special here July 28, will run next in the Grade 1 Hopeful on Travers Day.

Trainer Patrick Biancone said he was pleased with Tuesday's work.

"He sat behind a horse and came on strong and finished nicely," Biancone said. "He broke off about three lengths behind his workmate and swallowed him at the quarter pole."

Acey Deucey nursing ankle injury

Acey Deucey, who finished eighth of nine under jockey Diane Nelson in the Grade 1 Test here Aug. 6, came out of the race with a wrenched ankle, trainer John Morrison said.

"I knew we would find something," Morrison said. "She didn't fire, and Diane was very puzzled afterward."

Winner of the Grade 1 Prioress, Acey Deucey has not trained since the Test, and Morrison said he has nothing planned for her this fall.

"She's been walking for an hour every day," Morrison said. "It's improving, but we'll wait until it's all the way down before we start doing anything."

Acey Deucey, a New York-bred daughter of Abaginone, has 4 wins from 7 starts this year, including the Prioress, the Grade 2 Comely, and the Dearly Precious Stakes.

Reunited pointed to Victory Ride

Reunited, a 6 3/4-length winner of a second-level allowance race here Aug. 5, will make her next start in the $75,000 Victory Ride Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Aug. 25.

A daughter of Dixie Union, Reunited has won 3 of 4 starts. She is trained by Neil Howard and owned by Will Farish. In her allowance win here, Reunited ran six furlongs in 1:10.60 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 98.

On Sunday, Reunited worked a sharp four furlongs in 47.26 seconds, the second fastest of 86 moves at the distance.

"That's the way she is; she works fast," Howard said. "Whenever we tried to slow her down she gets real resentful. I would like to see her get slowed down in the mornings. That's the only problem we have with her."

First-half figures down

Through the first 18 days of the meet - the halfway point in the six-week meet - business was down across the board from last year's figures.

Attendance was slightly down, from 519,341 in 2004 to 516,522 this year. Ontrack handle dipped 1.43 percent, from $59,643,791 last year to $58,790,813. Combined wagering at Saratoga and Belmont Park, where simulcast wagering on Saratoga races is offered, is down 4.26 percent.

Total handle, including offtrack handle, is down 4.88 percent.

- additional reporting by David Grening