09/27/2005 11:00PM

So far, 'Fog' has six rivals


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Six rivals signed up to meet Lost in the Fog in Saturday's $100,000 Bay Meadows Speed Handicap at Bay Meadows. A six-furlong race, the Speed Handicap will be Lost in the Fog's final prep before he runs in the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup Sprint at Belmont.

Six runners signed up for the Grade 3, $125,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile race on the turf earlier on Saturday's card. The Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap is the third race on the card, and the Speed Handicap is the eighth.

Undefeated in nine starts, Lost in the Fog drew the rail post in the Speed Handicap and should receive his stiffest competition from the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained entry of Jeffries Bay and Halo Cat, who drew posts 2 and 3.

Completing the field are Thirsty Guy's, who won the Earlene McCabe Derby here Sept. 4; Seattles Best Joe, a multiple stakes winner as a 2-year-old; No Derby, a claiming runner; and stakes-winning Stormin' Lyon.

After paying only a $100 nomination fee and no entry fee, the connections of several runners probably entered the Speed Handicap in hopes of earning a check in a small field. The first five finishers are paid, which could lead to some possible race-day scratches for connections who hoped to pick up a minor check in a small field but are reluctant to pay another $1,000 to start.

Lost in the Fog will carry 123 pounds, spotting older rivals Halo Cat and Stormin' Lyon seven pounds in his first race against older horses.

The rail is not the ideal draw for Lost in the Fog, but he has the best speed in the field. Halo Cat flashed good speed when he won Sept. 5 in his first start of the year. Stormin' Lyon also has some speed and could be the one to apply the most early pressure from his outside post.

Hollendorfer also sends out an entry in the Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap, with Adreamisborn and Shadow Raider.

El Don, who won the $100,000 California Turf Championship here on Labor Day, Grafton, Kilgowan, and Hatif round out the field.

* Comebackers could be the ones to beat in Friday's feature, a turf event at five furlongs with a $32,000 claiming price for the eight runners. Record Smashed makes his first start since being claimed on Aug. 1, and Sloat Blvd makes his first start since Jan. 21. The likely favorite is Rare Request, who won a five-furlong turf sprint at this level at Santa Rosa and followed with a third going two turns on turf Aug. 28.