02/07/2007 12:00AM

Four take first shot vs. winners


ALBANY, Calif. - Three-year-old fillies are in the spotlight Friday at Golden Gate Fields, as well as Saturday, when the $100,000 California Oaks will be run.

On Friday, less-seasoned fillies will compete in a first-level allowance race at six furlongs. Seven were entered, including the entry of Mattie Camp and Forest Huntress for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

Four of the seven runners have recorded only maiden victories: Smokin Danielle, Mattie Camp, Event of Siam, and Princess Mary. Of the four, only Smokin Danielle won at the current meet.

Mattie Camp will make her second start; she won her debut here last June. Event of Siam, third and first in two starts, runs for the first time since last Aug. 23, while Princess Mary, second and first in two outings at Calder last fall, will make her California debut and first start since Nov. 11.

Smokin Danielle led wire to wire in her Jan. 13 debut, winning by five lengths with an 80 Beyer Speed Figure for the five-furlong race.

"We knew she had a lot of talent," said Karin Long, trainer Greg Gilchrist's assistant. "She's really athletic and well balanced."

Long and Gilchrist weren't necessarily surprised by the performance, but Long said they liked what they saw.

"The first race, you never know what will happen," Long said. "She wasn't asked at all."

Mattie Camp was impressive in her debut last year and returns with the usual series of solid workouts that Hollendorfer gives all his horses.

Breaking from the rail, she ran quite professionally, sitting in a good stalking position, shifting off the fence, and finishing strongly late to win the 4 1/2-furlong race by two lengths.

Some of the normal problems that often afflict young horses cropped up, and Hollendorfer, sensing her potential, gave Mattie Camp plenty of time off.

"After you're in the business so long, you learn the kind of patience it takes," he said. "You try to do everything right with the horse."

Forest Huntress, Mattie Camp's stablemate, won her debut last May and has run twice at the current Santa Anita meet with a third and a sixth in her turf debut.

Also in the field are Fillie by the Bay and Roar's Rockette.