Skydreamin Wins Lost In The Fog In Blanket Finish

Skydreamin Wins Lost In The Fog In Blanket Finish

     Skydreamin got up in the final strides to win the $55,100 Lost in the Fog Stakes over Tupelo Cush and Olympic Jumble in a blanket finish Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Making the first start of his career, Skydreamin won the five-furlong feature for
2-year-olds by a head over Tupelo Cush in 1:00.64.  Tupelo Cush edged 6-5 favorite Olympic Jumble by a nose for second. 

     The top three finishers raced side by side through the final sixteenth of a mile in a thrilling stretch battle.  Skydreamin prevailed for the jockey-trainer team of Russell Baze and Jeff Bonde, a combination that has won three of the seven renewals of the Lost in the Fog.

     Baze and Bonde scored their previous wins in the Lost in the Fog with Smiling Tiger in 2009 and Road Ready in 2010.  Road Ready, like Skydreamin, won the stakes in his career debut.

     Skydreamin, a Kentucky-bred colt by Sky Mesa, rallied from last in a field of five to win the Lost in the Fog.

     “He’s talented but he was awfully green early,” said Baze.  “He broke real sharp, but about the second jump he ducked in real hard and I had to grab him.  And about the time I got him straightened up, [Game Stone] came in at him and he spooked again and I end up last. 

     “He easily got up within striking distance at the head of the lane and then those horses on the lead started getting a little tired,” continued Baze.  “He was getting tired too but he ran game all the way to the wire.  This is a quality colt and I think the quality showed out there.”

     Skydreamin is owned in partnership by Lorill Harlingten, Alan Klein and Phil Lebherz.  Purchased in March for $80,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales, Skydreamin earned $30,300 for his debut victory. 

     Skydreamin, who was the second choice in the betting and paid $5.20, provided Baze with his fourth straight stakes victory.  Baze won the Grade 3 $100,000 All American with Summer Hit on May 27, the $100,000 Campanile with Unusual Way on June 1, and the $100,000 Silky Sullivan with Surfcup on June 9.

     Baze won five of the 11 stakes run at the winter/spring meeting as he also won the first stakes of the season, the $100,000 California Derby on Jan. 12, with Zeewat.

     Sunday is closing day of the winter/spring meeting.  Post time for the 10-race finale is 12:45 p.m. and track is offering $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers and $1 sodas.  The band Tainted Love will perform on the Trackside Stage between races.

     Golden Gate Fields is a Stronach Group company, North America's leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator.  The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness.  The company is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its Adena Springs operation.  The company owns and operates AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service.  The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.