08/07/2005 11:00PM

Meeting to remember for Morey


SANTA ROSA, Calif. - The conclusion of the Sonoma County Fair on Monday gives trainer Bill Morey mixed feelings. Morey won with his first seven starters at the meet, and with one horse left to run at the meet, on Monday, had nine wins and a second from 11 starters. Among his winning horses was Penny Ante in the Luther Burbank Handicap.

Yet, Morey will be relieved not to have to make the drive from his Bay Meadows base to Santa Rosa. The Bay Meadows Fair meet begins Wednesday, with the Bay Meadows fall meet to follow.

"This commute is really getting to me," said Morey of the two-hour trip.

This has been a great summer for Morey, who has sent out 49 runners at the first four fair meet stops and come back with 23 wins, seven seconds, and a pair of thirds. That's a 47 percent win ratio with 65.5 percent in the money.

Morey has no explanation for his success, other than to say it's a "cyclical thing" and to note that some of the region's major stables - those of Jerry Hollendorfer, Art Sherman, and John Martin - hadn't been winning races at their usual clip.

Sherman was winless at Santa Rosa, and Martin and Hollendorfer recently broke out of slumps. Martin, who snapped Morey's win streak in Friday's nightcap, was 5 for 25 through the weekend after starting the meeting 1 for 18. Hollendorfer won two races over the closing weekend, the Joseph Grace Handicap with Adreamisborn and the Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes with Cause to Believe.

Lost in the Fog works in bar shoes

Lost in the Fog worked a snappy 57.81 seconds for five furlongs between Saturday's fifth and sixth races at Santa Rosa despite wearing bar shoes.

Trainer Greg Gilchrist discovered a small quarter crack in Lost in the Fog's left hind hoof Tuesday and had it patched Thursday. The colt didn't miss a beat in a work that clocker Melody Truitt described as breezing rather than handily.

Said Russell Baze, who worked and rides Lost in the Fog: "If Gilly hadn't told me, I wouldn't have known [he was wearing a bar shoe]. I didn't feel anything.

"Greg said to let him work a bit, and when you do, he goes fast. He was rolling along good. When he began to get bored, I chirped and touched him with the toe of my boot, and he picked it right up again."

Gilchrist was pleased with the work. "It's very deceiving to watch him work," Gilchrist said. "If you don't have a watch, you'd think he was just galloping."

Pair of promising winners

Gilchrist and Harry Aleo, who owns Lost in the Fog, had two future stars win over the weekend.

About an hour after Lost in the Fog's work, 2-year-old Frisco Star, a $175,000 April Ocala purchase, made his debut. All he did was break a 23-year-old track record of 1:02.20 for 5 1/2 furlongs, winning by 8 1/2 lengths in 1:01.65.

Baze, comparing Frisco Star to Lost in the Fog, said with a grin, "It took Lost in the Fog two races to break a track record."

On Sunday, Victorina, who cost $160,000, won her debut, running faster than Cause to Believe did in winning the Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes two races later.

Clocker corrects Grace's final time

Clocker Melody Truitt corrected the time of Adreamisborn's victory in Saturday's $100,000 Joseph T. Grace Handicap from 1:41.32 to 1:42.20, which is still a record for the newly opened course.

A to the Z lost his rider at the start of the Grace, and he raced in front of the field, stopping the automatic timer when he went past the finish line. Truitt reviewed a race replay frame by frame to come up with the correct time.

* Smokin Joe set a track record and became only the second mule in history to crack the 25-second barrier for 440 yards when he beat Sarah Nelson by a half-length in 24.96 on Saturday at Santa Rosa. Sarah Nelson, the reigning queen of the mule circuit, was the first to crack 25 seconds.

* Track announcer Vic Stauffer defeated jockey agent Ron Freitas in a charity showdown at the daily handicapping seminar Friday, earning $200 for the Glen Ellen Vocational Academy, northern California's only rescue-rehabilitation facility.