Favorite Horse: Lost in the Fog, by Ken Cupples

Favorite Horse: Lost in the Fog

by Ken Cupples

When most people think of California, they think of Hollywood and movie stars.  When most people think of California sports, they think of the Los Angeles Lakers and “Showtime”.  When most people think of California horse racing, they think of Santa Anita and Del Mar. Northern California is barely a blip on the radar for any of these things.

It comes with this feeling of second-tier status that led me to a great appreciation and love of Lost In The Fog.  He was Northern California’s horse. He was owned and trained by people that you would have never heard of outside of NorCal.  He was ridden by a jockey who was whispered about as being second tier because he didn’t ride in SoCal, despite being a Hall of Famer.  And for most of his life, he took a back seat to no one. He shipped to six different tracks in New York, Florida, and Arizona in 2004 and 2005, with his one loss being the Breeders Cup Sprint.  

When he returned to the races in 2006, he was the reigning Eclipse Award winning sprinter, but he just wasn’t the same.  He still shipped to Churchill and won a stakes race, but he wasn’t the dominant presence he once was. In August of that year, it was determined that he had a cancerous mass on his spleen, which would shortly end his life.

The fact that Lost In The Fog was able to compete at a high level even with the cancer speaks to the determination and heart he had.  In the early 2000’s in NorCal, we didn’t have much. But we had Lost In The Fog. We always will.

(photo: America’s Best Racing)

3 thoughts on “Favorite Horse: Lost in the Fog, by Ken Cupples”

  1. Sad about Lost in The Fog, I have 2t-shirts with him on the front, always liked him
    Also unfortunate Russel Baze doesn’t get the praise and acknowledgement he deserves, I have been going to Okeasanto fair racing to watch Baze since the 1970’s, great rider, great man!

  2. Was on backstretch Travers 2005 (Flower Alley) Loved him. Dark, blocky. Baze cruised him out of gate, won by a couple, could have been more. Remember how awful I felt next year when he raced bad at Belmont – knew something had to be wrong and sadly it was. Can see how he’d be a favorite

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