09/23/2005 12:00AM

Lost in the Fog works faster than Gilchrist hoped

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Lost in the Fog completed his preparations for next Saturday's $100,000 Bay Meadows Speed Handicap by working five furlongs in 57.20 seconds at Golden Gate Fields on Friday morning.

The workout was the best of 27 at the distance and 1.60 seconds faster than the clocking for Fame's Flame, the only other runner to work in less than one minute. Trainer Greg Gilchrist said he was disappointed that Lost in the Fog worked so fast.

"My feeling is here's a horse that has been running all year," Gilchrist said. "When you work 57 and [one-fifth], you're not adding to him, so you're probably taking away.

"It doesn't mean the horse is ruined," he said. "The horse wasn't tired. He will probably be fine."

Lost in the Fog broke off at the five-eighths pole, going his first furlong in 11.40 seconds. His fractions were 22.40, 33.30, and 45.20. A friend of owner Harry Aleo timed Lost in the Fog in 1:12.20 for six furlongs as regular rider Russell Baze was pulling him up.

Gilchrist said he was hoping Lost in the Fog would work in 59 and change.

Both Gilchrist and Baze said Lost in the Fog went too fast early, but Baze never moved on him, and he finished straight as a string.

"We went a lot faster early than we wanted to go, but he does it pretty effortlessly," Baze said. "It was just a matter of time until I messed one [workout] up, and it seems this was the time. We went 10 lengths too fast, but I don't think I toasted him."

Lost in the Fog will meet older rivals for the first time in Saturday's Bay Meadows Speed Handicap before heading to Belmont Park for the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Marty's Zee an elusive target

Marty's Zee is the one to catch in Sunday's Bay Meadows feature, a $50,000 optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

An 8-year-old mare, Marty's Zee has won 10 of 39 starts and $353,583. She is 3 for 6 over the local turf course.

Marty's Zee should be on the lead Sunday from her outside post in the five-horse field. The question is how much she can slow things down and maintain a comfortable lead. If not pressed, she will be tough to beat.

Trainer Bill McLean sends Slews in Demand, who defeated Marty's Zee in a one-mile turf race at the Bay Meadows Fair.

"Show Me Your Glory might push [Marty's Zee] a little, and we should get a nice stalking trip," McLean said.