10/28/2005 11:00PM

Silver Train upsets Lost in the Fog

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Silver Train (right), with Edgar Prado riding, beats Taste of Paradise, Garrett Gomez up, by a head. Gomez's interference claim was denied.

The $1 million became a tale of two 3-year-olds after Silver Train registered a surprising head victory over Taste of Paradise, and Lost in the Fog's unbeaten streak came to an equally shocking end Saturday at Belmont Park.

Silver Train rallied to a head victory over Taste of Paradise, then had to survive a claim of foul by jockey Garrett Gomez aboard the runner-up before giving trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. his first Breeders' Cup victory.

Lost in the Fog, who entered the Sprint unbeaten in 10 starts, held a narrow advantage into the stretch before faltering through the final furlong to finish seventh as the 3-5 favorite.

Silver Train, a 3-year-old son of Old Trieste, paid $25.80 after covering six furlongs in 1:08.86 over a fast track. The victory was the second on the day for jockey Edgar Prado, who also won the Juvenile Fillies aboard Folklore.

Silver Train raced in perfect position behind a four-horse speed duel that included Lost in the Fog. Prado angled Silver Train wide to launch his bid into the stretch, overtook the tiring Lost in the Fog inside the eighth pole, and after edging clear withstood Taste of Paradise.

Taste of Paradise saved ground on the turn, steadied briefly behind Lost in the Fog and Silver Train near midstretch, continued willingly once regaining his best stride, and just missed. Lion Tamer outfinished a courageous Attila's Storm to be third.

Lost in the Fog broke a step slow, recovered to force the pace while hung four wide around the turn, but had little left once leaving the eighth pole.

Wildcat Heir, who finished 10th, fell after crossing the finish line, unseating jockey Stewart Elliott. Neither was seriously injured.

"He got a perfect trip," said Dutrow of Silver Train. "The race was tailor made for him. There was lots of speed and he likes to sit and come. I didn't think our horse bothered anybody. It's a very special thing to win a Breeders' Cup race. I'm just drained."

Trainer Gary Mandella was thrilled with Taste of Paradise's performance but frustrated after the stewards allowed the original result to stand.

"I'm thrilled for the horse, he ran great, but I wish we could have gotten him all the way there," said Mandella. "He was right on Prado's horse's tail then had to take up and lost 1 1/2 lengths. I'll be all right in about a half hour."

Trainer Greg Gilchrist offered little excuse for Lost in the Fog's first loss.

"He was wide but not that wide. It wasn't a big thing, and he's certainly capable of running those kind of fractions," said Gilchrist. "He just didn't have it in him today. I don't like to make excuses. It would have been nice to cap it off with a win today. It just wasn't meant to happen. You have to take the bad with the good and one race doesn't a career make."