10/01/2005 11:00PM

Lost in the Fog remains undefeated

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Lost in the Fog extends his winning streak to 10 with a 7 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Bay Meadows Speed Handicap on Saturday.

SAN MATEO, Calif. - Unbeaten Lost in the Fog ($2.10) extended his winning streak to 10 as he tuned up for the Breeders' Cup Sprint with an easy 7 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 on Saturday.

Lost in the Fog's first meeting against older horses proved no different than his races against 3-year-olds.

He broke sharply from rail, established an open lead in the opening quarter and extended the margin from there, winning in 1:08.05 in what was little more than a workout.

"That was real hard, huh?" said winning jockey Russell Baze, who won the Grade 3 $125,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap in the final stride with Adreamisborn.

"It was as easy as any of his wins. I let him run a little bit because I wanted him to get something out of it."

The colt, whose strong second quarters are one of the keys to his success, ran his opening quarter in 22.42 and his second quarter in 22.43 and came home in 23.20 seconds.

Halo Cat, who figured to be Lost in the Fog's primary competition, was an easy second over entrymate Jeffries Bay in the field of five after Thirsty Guy's and Stormin' Lyon scratched. Due to the scratches, there was no show wagering, but Lost in the Fog still returned the minimum $2.10 to win and place.

Trainer Greg Gilchrist said the scratch of Stormin' Lyon led him and Baze to believe they would be able to get an uncontested lead.

"I wasn't concerned with the one hole," Gilchrist said. "If you break

like he does, it's the shortest way around the track.

"Russell and I agreed that if anybody was going to press, it would be Halo Cat. But knowing his best races are when he stalks, we weren't concerned."

Baze said his colt broke well.

"I sent him away from there because we didn't want anybody hounding him," he said.

Owner Harry Aleo, a San Francisco resident, was happy because his colt won before a "hometown" crowd.

"It was great to race her at Bay Meadows with my family and friends on hand," Aleo said. "It was great to see the crowd so excited to see Lost in the Fog. The reaction from the crowd in the paddock was heartwarming."

"Once he got in front, I knew no one could beat him."

Lost in the Fog earned $55,000 in his final prep for the Breeders' Cup Sprint. He has earned $889,075 in his 10 victories.