The Noe Valley Voice

June 2005

A Fine Fog. On a rainy May morning at Golden Gate Fields, Harry Aleo (right), owner of Twin Peaks Properties on 24th Street, watches as trainer Greg Gilchrist gives jockey Russell Baze a leg up onto Lost in the Fog, Aleo's 3-year-old colt. "He's got to be the fastest horse in the country," says Aleo. On May 14, Lost in the Fog took another step toward proving Aleo right by claiming his sixth victory in a row: the $90,000 Golden Bear Breeders' Cup at Golden Gate Fields. Though both trainer and owner have resisted pressure to enter their young protégé in the 2005 Triple Crown races ("It's bad for the horse," explains Aleo), they will continue to run the horse in progressively longer sprints. If all goes well, the Fog will travel to Belmont Park, N.Y., on June 11, to appear in the seven-furlong $200,000 Riva Ridge Stakes. So what's the routine for our would-be Seabiscuit? After a full workout, Lost in the Fog gets washed and rubbed and his legs are wrapped. Then he gets walked by his groom (unlike most racehorses, who are put on a mechanical walker, Aleo says). Asked how they ship the Fog back east, Aleo says a forklift loads the horse's stall onto a huge airplane. "The horse doesn't even know. The groom stays with him the whole trip. He loves that horse, and even sleeps with him. The horse still tries to bite him, though," Aleo laughs. Meanwhile, Aleo is pinching himself that his 2002 acquisition from Florida has proved to be such a winner. "It seems like a dream. If it is, I hope I never wake up." Text and photo by Beverly Tharp

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