09/28/2005 11:00PM

Rest of sprinting elite duke it out in Vosburgh


ELMONT, N.Y. - Lost in the Fog is in northern California on Saturday, but virtually every other top sprinter in North America is at Belmont Park on Saturday for the Grade 1, $500,000 Vosburgh.

A field of 10 was entered for the Vosburgh, which should help determine who will be second choice behind Lost in the Fog in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint to be run here Oct. 29.

heads a trio of California invaders who are here for the Vosburgh, run at six furlongs. Woke Up Dreamin was successful the last time he came to New York, winning the Grade 2 True North Breeders' Cup Handicap on Belmont Stakes Day. He followed that with a victory in the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder on July 10, but has not run since.

Bob Baffert, the trainer of Woke Up Dreamin, has freshened him up with an eye on the BC Sprint, a race Baffert won in 1992 with Thirty Slews. Baffert said earlier this week he thinks Woke Up Dreamin might need this race.

"He should run well. He's just not sitting on an 'A' race," he said. "I'm hoping the next one is the 'A' race."

If Woke Up Dreamin isn't ready to fire, the Vosburgh becomes a wide-open affair. Owner Michael Tabor has a solid entry in Pomeroy, trained by Patrick Biancone, and Lion Tamer, trained by Todd Pletcher.

Biancone began thinking about the Breeders' Cup after Pomeroy won the Grade 2 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap in spectacular fashion

Aug. 13 at Saratoga. Biancone skipped the Forego in order to let Pomeroy recover from the effort and to keep Pomeroy at six furlongs. Joe Bravo, who is 2 for 2 on Pomeroy, has the call.

A fast pace could help set up Lion Tamer's late run. Lion Tamer, who won the Grade 1 Cigar Mile last year, has not raced since wrenching an ankle in May. He is 2 for 2 at six furlongs.

and Tiger Heart make up a Buckram Oak Farm entry. Silver Wagon is a Grade 1 winner who has never tried six furlongs. Silver Wagon finished second to Ghostzapper in the Metropolitan Handicap in his only start at Belmont.

"I've been asking him for more speed in the mornings, trying to get more speed in him," said trainer Ralph Ziadie. "I wish this race was at seven furlong or a mile, but we'll give it a try and see what happens."

Unfurl the Flag and Taste of Paradise arrived from California on Thursday along with Woke Up Dreamin. Unfurl the Flag won the Grade 1 Triple Bend two starts back before finishing sixth as the even-money favorite in the Pat O'Brien Handicap at Del Mar. Trainer David Bernstein said he believes Unfurl the Flag didn't like Del Mar.

"We're coming back there to see if he'll run on that surface," Bernstein said. "We've got to answer some questions, and hopefully we'll answer them positively. We know that he runs terrifically at seven furlongs, I'm hoping he can run just as well at six."

is winless in six starts this year, but has finished third in the O'Brien and Bing Crosby at Del Mar.

"I think the Belmont track will help my horse," said trainer Gary Mandella. "He'll like a wider-turned track where he won't have to run quite as hard as in California. For $500,000 we'll take a shot."

The field

Purse: $500,000; 6 furlongs; Grade 1

1a-Silver WagonJ. Bailey5-1
2Uncle CamieE. Coa12-1
3b-Lion TamerJ. Velazquez3-1
4a-Tiger HeartE. Prado5-1
5Woke Up DreaminM. Smith2-1
6I'm the TigerR. Albarado12-1
7Mass MediaJ. Castellano5-1
8b-PomeroyJ. Bravo3-1
9Unfurl the FlagC. Nakatani5-1
10Taste of ParadiseG. Gomez20-1

* a-coupled: Silver Wagon and Tiger Heart
* All starters carry 124 pounds
* Odds by Art Gropper