06/07/2005 11:00PM

Stars aplenty on Belmont Day

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The undefeated Lost in the Fog will shoot for his seventh consecutive victory in the Riva Ridge BC - one of six graded stakes on the Belmont Day card.

ELMONT, N.Y. - The $400,000 Manhattan Handicap boasts the highest purse among the supporting stakes on Saturday's Belmont Stakes card, but the race that will generate the most interest outside of the Belmont Stakes is the $200,000 Riva Ridge Breeders' Cup, in which the undefeated Lost in the Fog will try to stretch his winning streak to seven.

The Grade 2 Riva Ridge is among the six graded stakes on the card, including the $1 million Belmont Stakes, which were drawn on Wednesday. A $1 million guaranteed pick six will include all the stakes and begins with race 6, the Grade 2 True North Breeders' Cup. A $1 million guaranteed pick four will start with race 8, the Riva Ridge, and conclude with the Belmont Stakes.

The northern California-based Lost in the Fog, among the top sprinters in the country, has won six starts by a combined margin of 44 3/4 lengths. He will be a heavy favorite among eight entered in the seven-furlong Riva Ridge for 3-year-olds. A new jockey will be named for Lost in the Fog. Regular rider Russell Baze suffered a broken collarbone Wednesday and will be out two months.

makes his second trip to New York; he won the Grade 3 Bay Shore by 4 1/4 lengths at Aqueduct in April. In his last start, Lost in the Fog defeated two hopelessly overmatched rivals by 10 lengths in the Golden Bear Breeders' Cup at Golden Gate Fields on May 14.

The Grade 1 Manhattan includes last year's winner, Meteor Storm, who is among 11 entered in the 1 1/4-mile turf race. Artie Schiller, the likely favorite and starting 122-pound highweight, is 4 for 5 at Belmont, including two graded stakes wins.

, who has yet to race beyond 1 1/8 miles, seeks back-to-back Grade 1 wins after scoring an upset in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, beating Meteor Storm.

Two Christophe Clement-trained runners, Saint Stephen and Relaxed Gesture, are looking to step it up in the Manhattan after coming off handy wins in allowance races at Belmont.

The $300,000 Just a Game Breeders' Cup, sponsored for the first time by Emirates Airlines, attracted some familiar names in its nine-horse field. Intercontinental, last year's winner and the 123-pound highweight, will face Riskaverse and Wonder Again, who both competed in the previous two runnings of the mile turf race for fillies and mares.

The $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap, traditionally run a week after the Belmont Stakes, was added to this year's Belmont card and drew nine runners, including 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide. The lineup for the Grade 2 Brooklyn, a 1 1/8-mile dirt race, also includes Grade 1 winner Evening Attire and Gygistar, who won the Grade 3 Westchester for the second year in a row here on opening day of the spring meet, May 4.

The weakest graded race on the card is the $200,000 True North Breeders' Cup Handicap, which lacks a standout in its 12-horse field. Mass Media, Smokume, and Willy o'the Valley each carry 117 pounds as co-highweights in the six-furlong dirt race.