03/15/2006 12:00AM

Gilchrist fillies face solid cast


ALBANY, Calif. - Trainer Greg Gilchrist has the only two runners in Friday's Eire Go Brach Stakes at Golden Gate Fields who are not stakes winners.

He also has the two 3-year-old fillies to beat in the $40,000-added stakes at six furlongs.

"To be running for $40,000 is kinda ridiculous," Gilchrist said. "I've had easier spots in $100,000 races."

Lined up against Ladies Souvenir and , making her first start since winning the Piedmont Stakes here last November; the entry of Press Camp, coming off a victory in the Feb. 16 Tiburon here, and Hysterical Lady, winner of the the Juan Gonzalez at Pleasanton last July; Devons Smokin, who won the $125,000 CTBA Stakes at Del Mar last summer; and Seam Seeker, who won the Burlingame in January at Bay Meadows.

has won both her career starts and comes back only eight days after a 12-length allowance victory.

"You have to make up your mind if you're going to come back in eight or nine days and then give them time off, or skip the race and find something else down the line," Gilchrist said. "She hasn't missed an oat since her race and is a very sound filly and is drawn well outside of Press Camp."

Press Camp is a rocket ship. She earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 103 two starts back and then controlled the pace in the Tiburon, when she beat Victorina by a half-length and third-place finisher Devons Smokin by 3 3/4 lengths.

Ladies Souvenir ran professionally to win her debut after being bumped at the start, and went wire to wire last out.

"There will be no easy lead Friday," Gilchrist said.

That turns the spotlight to Victorina, who was making her first start in nearly four months in the Tiburon. She won the first two starts of her career.

"Take nothing away from Press Camp, she's a very nice filly," Gilchrist said, "but we were at a disadvantage. We wanted to win, but wanted her to improve coming out of that race."

She should, and with the pace scenario in front of her, Victorina seems to be in position to get her first stakes victory.

* Gilchrist plans to work sprint champion Lost in the Fog again Saturday. The trainer said the colt would work about 5 1/2 furlongs.