02/22/2005 12:00AM

Lost in the Fog's next appearance in Swale


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - He is the fastest 3-year-old in the country and will be bringing his unblemished record from California to Gulfstream Park for the Grade 2 Swale Stakes on March 5. No, it's not reigning Eclipse Award winner Declan's Moon, but Lost in the Fog, whose electrifying victory here last month in the Sunshine Millions thrust him onto everybody's watch list for the Kentucky Derby.

Lost in the Fog added his 4 1/2-length triumph in the Sunshine Dash to his two previous one-sided victories, earning triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures for each of the three performances. The question now remains how far can he carry that speed.

The seven-furlong Swale will be Lost in the Fog's first attempt at beyond 6 1/2 furlongs, and another big effort would encourage trainer Greg Gilchrist to stretch him out around two turns.

"I'm not worried about his fitness, and I don't think seven furlongs will be a problem, although the Swale will mean another step up in company," Gilchrist said. "Unfortunately, the Sunshine Millions sort of threw us out of step for other things we might have had in mind, turning him back to six furlongs like that, but it was hard to pass up a statebred race with a quarter-million-dollar purse. If he wins this next start, I'll definitely find a two-turn race for him. I might even leave him right there at Gulfstream with the Florida Derby in mind."

The $1 million Florida Derby will be decided at 1 1/8 miles April 2.

Gilchrist is trying to downplay any thoughts about Derby fever, and being based at Golden Gate in northern California helps shield him a bit from the limelight - at least for now.

"I don't get carried away about all that Derby stuff," said Gilchrist. "But it sure would be a nice problem to have."

Lost in the Fog may not be the only undefeated California-based 3-year-old coming in for the Swale. The connections of Chandtrue have also indicated they are considering the trip.

A son of Yes It's True, Chandtrue is perfect in four starts but has not run since outlasting Actxecutive to win the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship last July. Trained by Robert Hess Jr., Chandtrue has been working steadily for his return at Santa Anita, including a five-furlong work in 59.20 between races Sunday.

A field of seven or eight is expected for the Swale and may also include Straight Line, Natural Phenomenon, Vicarage, Around the Cape, and United.

Fountain of Youth field small so far

Although Lost in the Fog will direct plenty of attention to the Swale, the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth remains the highlight of the March 5 card. Traditionally a key stepping-stone to the Kentucky Derby and the final major prep for the Florida Derby, this year's edition appears to be coming up light, with only eight or nine 3-year-olds likely to start. That group includes the Todd Pletcher pair of Bandini and Harlington, Kansas City Boy, Closing Argument, Defer, B. B. Best, Park Avenue Ball, and Dearest Mon.

Wallstreet Scandal may return to dirt

One 3-year-old who could still make his presence felt on the Kentucky Derby trail, even though his forte is turf racing, is Wallstreet Scandal, who registered an impressive first-level allowance victory on the turf under Joe Bravo here Monday.

Wallstreet Scandal has already shown he can handle the main track, having finished second behind Park Avenue Ball in Belmont's Grade 2 Futurity at 2. A son of Mt. Livermore, Wallstreet Scandal tried grass for the first time in his juvenile finale and finished a game second in Belmont's Pilgrim Stakes.

"He's a really nice horse on turf, but I just might have to give him another chance on dirt down the road," said Rick Violette, who trains Wallstreet Scandal. "He ran a superior race in the Pilgrim because he kind of got stuffed at the three-eighths pole and gave everybody a head start before coming on strong at the end. [Monday], he really only ran about an eighth of a mile. Joe was pretty much easing him up at the end."

Violette said he would likely point Wallstreet Scandal for the Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes on March 26.

"I'll aim for the next turf stakes but keep him eligible for all the big dirt races here and out of town as well, including the Florida Derby," said Violette.

Wallstreet Scandal was one of three wins on Monday's card for Bravo, who now has 17 victories for the meet, putting him in a tie with Manny Cruz for eighth in the standings after the first seven weeks of the session.

Second of June puts in rapid mile

Second of June worked a mile in 1:39.80 at Calder on Tuesday, one of the fastest works at the distance ever recorded at the north Miami oval. According to the track clockers, Second of June went his opening half in 51.20 and then finished in 48.60.

"The track is pretty fast right now because of the 2-year-old sales," said trainer Bill Cesare. "But it was a good work."

Second of June has not raced since finishing sixth in the Sunshine Millions Classic. His next start will be in either the 1 3/16-mile Gulfstream Park Handicap here March 6 or the 1 1/8-mile New Orleans Handicap at the Fair Grounds the following weekend.

"I'll nominate him to both races and wait and see which will be the easiest," said Cesare. "I'd really rather not run him that far in the Gulfstream Park Handicap, but with Badge of Silver pointing for New Orleans it looks right now like that the race here will be the easier spot."

Among the top contenders pointing for the Gulfstream Park Handicap are Eddington and Pies Prospect.

* Horse of the Year Ghostzapper inched closer to his much-anticipated 2005 return after working six furlongs in 1:12.60 at Palm Meadows on Tuesday. Like Badge of Silver, Ghostzapper is trained by Bobby Frankel.