Eclipse Winner Lost in the Fog Has Terminal Cancer

The team from Matamoros, Mexico, left, and the New England team from Portsmouth, N.H., share a light moment together before opening ceremonies for the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.
The team from Matamoros, Mexico, left, and the New England team from Portsmouth, N.H., share a light moment together before opening ceremonies for the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. (By Carolyn Kaster -- Associated Press)

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Lost in the Fog , the 2005 Eclipse Award winner as sprinter of the year, has cancer in his spleen and abdomen and his trainer said yesterday that the 4-year-old colt will have to be put down soon.

The horse underwent an exploratory procedure in New York that determined the cancer in his spleen had spread, veterinarian Don Smith said in a conference call with trainer Greg Gilchrist .

"Unfortunately, we found two other tumors in his abdomen," Smith said. "There is one in his membrane and ligament, about the size of an egg. Unfortunately there is another along his back and it's about the size of a football."

They plan to bring the horse back to Golden Gate Fields in California so that Lost in the Fog can rest comfortably in his own stall.

"We'll just have a week or 10 days with him and then we'll say goodbye," Gilchrist said.

Lost in the Fog won the first 10 races of his career beginning in November 2004, and has earned $978,099 with 11 wins and a second-place finish in 14 starts.

The growth was discovered during a sonogram Sunday at UC-Davis after Gilchrist sent Lost in the Fog up from his home track for a checkup. The colt had seemed uncomfortable for a week, with changed eating habits, signs of colic and a spike in his temperature.

· PRO BASKETBALL: Alonzo Mourning re-signed with the Miami Heat, a formality after the veteran center announced last month that he would return to the NBA champions for the coming season.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mourning, who underwent a kidney transplant in December 2003, announced July 15 that he would be back in Miami for his 14th NBA season. He averaged 7.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.66 blocks, making 20 starts as Shaquille O'Neal 's backup.

Mourning, a seven-time all-star, is Miami's all-time leader in games played (491), blocked shots (1,405), free throws made (2,328) and free throws attempted (3,512). . . .

Free agent forward-center Scot Pollard , 31, signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who also traded center Martynas Andriuskevicius to the Chicago Bulls for guard Eddie Basden .


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