09/25/2006 11:00PM

Track to honor Lost in the Fog


ALBANY, Calif. - Golden Gate Fields will salute Eclipse Sprint champion Lost in the Fog, his owner Harry Aleo and trainer Greg Gilchrist on Saturday. A special DVD featuring each of the colt's victories will be given away, and career highlights will be shown throughout the day.

Golden Gate Fields has been swamped with requests about the video and had fans from as far away as Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey inquire about attending the day to pay their respects to the colt, who was euthanized on Sept. 17 after battling cancer.

Donations in the name of Lost in the Fog can be made to the Glen Ellen Vocational Academy, Northern California's only non-profit horse rescue and rehabilitation facility. The GEVA address is P.O. Box 2101, Glen Ellen, CA 95442.

"If it's something to help horses, I'm always for it," said Aleo, who has allowed GEVA to auction off pictures of the colt in the past.

Although Gilchrist said originally that Lost in the Fog's ashes would be buried at Southern Chase Farm, where he lived before Aleo bought him, Aleo said, "I hope to put him to rest at Golden Gate Fields. That's what I want. This is his home and where his fans are."

Golden Gate Fields has offered to bury the colt's ashes and will create either a plaque or statue of the colt, who won the hearts of Northern California fans during his brilliant career.

Bonfante questionable for Presidio

Trainer Steve Specht has nominated his star sprinter Bonfante to Saturday's $75,000 Presidio, but he may pass the one-mile turf race for Cal-breds, to run the following week in another $75,000 Cal-bred stakes, the $75,000 Fort Mason at five furlongs on the turf.

Had the order of the races been switched, he said he might have run in both but couldn't go a mile and then drop back to five furlongs.

He's not ruling out the Presidio, but the expected presence of El Don has him thinking about the Fort Mason.

Thirteen Cal-breds nominated to the Presidio, which could be a perfect prep for the Cal Cup Mile.

Somethinaboutlaura Cal Cup-bound

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said after Somethinaboutlaura's impressive four-length victory in Saturday's Pacific Heights at one mile on the turf for Cal-breds that she would make her next appearance at Cal Cup, probably running in the 1 1/16-mile Matron on the main track.

As good as the 4-year-old filly is on the turf, Hollendorfer thinks she might be even better on the main track. "She won a graded race (the Grade 2 A Gleam at Hollywood Park) on the dirt," he said.

Assistant returns after accident

Colleen Hartford, John Martin's assistant, has already returned to the track after being the victim of training accident at Bay Meadows on Thursday.

She was working the 4-year-old filly Alitalia when Lady Helm, a 2-year-old filly that had just completed a workout became spooked and ducked into her path along the rail.

"I had just come off the turn when I saw a group of horses, then somebody spun out," Hartford said. "If I hadn't been working her, we might have had time to avoid a collision. I don't think my filly even saw her, and we hit her in the back. I don't remember what happened, but when I tried to get up, I saw my filly lying there, and I knew she wouldn't make it."

Initial X-rays indicated Hartford might have suffered two compression fractures in her neck, but she said doctors told her she only had tiny fractures on the outside of her neck with no threat to her spinal column and two small ligament tears.

Jockey Frank Alvarado, who was aboard Lady Helm suffered bruised ribs.

"I'm thankful neither of us were hurt worse," said Hartford, who must wear a special collar on her neck for the next month.

Baze closing in on Pincay's record

Jockey Russell Baze won Sunday's final race, extending his streak to six days with multiple victories.

Since Sunday, Aug. 17 when he won the final three races on the card, Baze has won 16 races to bring his career total to 9,461 only 69 shy of Laffit Pincay Jr.'s record of 9,530 victories.

Best juvenile race of year

Golden Gate's three weekday cards have interesting races this week.

On Friday, the best 2-year-old race of the year in Northern California will pit debut winners Vicarino, an Aleo-Gilchrist runner who toyed with opponents at Santa Rosa, and Baltimore Drive, who won his debut for trainer Chris Paasch at Saratoga. Both colts were $150,000 purchases at Ocala this winter.

Two-year-olds will also be in Wednesday's feature in a $40,000 starter allowance at six furlongs. Gary John, third in the Cavonnier at Santa Rosa, is the likely favorite.

Diabetes screenings

Horsemen and fans can participate in a special diabetes screening at the Golden Gate Fields track clinic. Appointments for the two-hour test, which includes a follow-up examination can be made at the clinic on the grandstand level.