06/15/2008 11:00PM

Oakland's top two earn road trips


The top three finishers in last Saturday's Oakland Handicap at Golden Gate Fields were predictable, and the race's results solidified their future plans.

Bonfante, the winner, will now be pointed to the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder's Summit of Speed on July 12. Runner-up Black Seventeen will aim for the Grade 2 Vanderbilt at Saratoga on July 26. And the third-place finisher, Vicarino, will be pointed to Northern California stakes.

Just as he did in winning the Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint, Bonfante took advantage of a pace duel between Vicarino and Black Seventeen to set up his late kick. Black Seventeen, making his first start in 11 months, set the pace with Vicarino a half-length behind him. He fell back to third in the stretch but was able to outkick Vicarino for second.

"I think it's going to be a fun year with him," jockey Aaron Gryder said of Black Seventeen. "Coming off an 11-month layoff, I thought it was a great effort. He fought all the way."

Frank Alvarado gave Bonfante a confident ride and felt good the whole trip.

"They were cooking up front, and it set up good for me," he said. "He's such a classy horse, and he's doing really good right now. I like to take my time with him."

Gilchrist will likely send his two star fillies, Indyanne and Victorina, to the Summit of Speed, but Vicarino will stay home to race at the Northern California fairs, where there are several sprint opportunities.

"I think Vicarino's probably a local horse," Gilchrist said. "He's a good horse, and he goes out and gives a good effort."

Lost in the Fog film unveiled

John Corey always looked for good stories for his San Francisco television news magazine, so when he heard about a cantankerous businessman in the Noe Valley area of San Francisco where he grew up, he was immediately interested.

Despite living in one of the most liberal cities in America, the businessman plastered his windows with pictures of Republican icons - but, as Corey found out, there was a much bigger story going on with Harry Aleo.

Aleo's 3-year-old colt Lost in the Fog, trained by Greg Gilchrist, was making headlines and building a legion of fans throughout the 2005 season with a series of impressive victories, including the Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga. Corey sensed something special.

"He was clearly a unique horse, winning his first 10 races all with triple-digit Beyers, but he was a blue-collar horse, like Harry and Greg," Corey said.

Aleo took a liking to Corey, and he and Gilchrist gave Corey wide-ranging access to themselves and Lost in the Fog.

The result is "Lost in the Fog," a documentary that had its world premiere in Las Vegas on Saturday at the 10th annual CineVegas Film Festival, following a smaller screening June 10 in San Francisco. The film was scheduled to be shown again at CineVegas on Monday as Corey tries to attract a distributor.

At times the involvement of the filmmaker was "annoying" and "trying," said Gilchrist, and Corey said he tried to tread gently while still getting a full and honest look at the men behind the horse.

Corey thought he would follow Lost in the Fog until he lost, but even after the colt finished seventh in the 2005 Breeders' Cup Sprint at Belmont, Corey sensed there was still quite a story to be told, and he stayed with Gilchrist and Aleo.

Corey says it was "dumb luck," but he happened to be interviewing Aleo in the summer of 2006 on the day Gilchrist called him to tell him the colt had cancer. Lost in the Fog was euthanized that September.

"Harry's deaf as a stone, and, as we were shooting, we could hear Greg's voice," Corey said. "It was like a punch in the stomach."

Corey and his crew continued rolling the tape, and Aleo never stopped them, producing the most dramatic and poignant moment in the film.

What emerges in the documentary is a portrait of people at their best both in the best of times, and, perhaps more important, even in the worst.

* Tutta Bella, winner of the Fran's Valentine on Gold Rush Day at Hollywood Park, and Light My Fire Baby, second in the Grade 3 Las Cienegas, appear the top ones among 14 nominees for Saturday's $75,000 Work the Crowd for Cal-bred fillies and mares.

* Conclusive, winner of the Willard Proctor at Hollywood Park, and AK Racer, a five-length winner in his debut here, top 13 nominees for Sunday's Lost in the Fog, a $75,000 stakes for 2-year-olds at five furlongs.

* Russell Baze gets a three-day vacation, courtesy of the stewards, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. He scored 15 wins last week, including four on Thursday and four more Sunday.