05/22/2006 12:00AM

Press Camp looks headed to Florida


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Trainer Billy Morey was excited by Press Camp's runner-up performance in the Grade 3 Miss Preakness Stakes on Friday at Pimlico, and Morey said Press Camp will now be pointed to the Grade 3, $300,000 Azalea at Calder's Summit of Speed on July 15.

Press Camp was beaten two lengths by Wildcat Bettie B, a wire-to-wire winner, but finished five in front of favored G City Gal.

Press Camp was steadied in close quarters down the backstretch, and Morey said that might have made the difference.

"If we'd switched trips, maybe we could have beaten her," he said. "Our filly tried real hard."

Baze in familiar spot

With four winners on Sunday, Russell Baze took over the lead in the Bay Meadows jockey standings. Going into Wednesday's card, he holds an 18-15 lead over apprentice Luis Martinez, who was blanked in eight tries Sunday.

Baze won with Il Colosseo ($2.80) in the first, Met at Dinner ($5) in the third, Bushwacked ($3.80) in the fourth, and Desert Smoke ($3.20) in the seventh.

Baze also won Saturday's $100,000 California Turf Sprint Championship aboard comebacking Bonfante.

Baze was handed a $500 fine by the stewards for a whip violation while riding Danzonette in Friday's second race.

'Melany' tops San Matean list

Nominations for two of the holiday weekend's three scheduled stakes were released Sunday.

Melanyhasthepapers, winner of the Cougar II at Hollywood Park, and Sharp Writer, winner of the Walnut Creek at Golden Gate Fields, top the list of 14 nominees for Saturday's $60,000 San Matean Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

Twenty 3-year-old fillies were nominated for Monday's $100,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Among the nominees were stakes winners Bai and Bai, Hystericalady, Seam Seeker, Shermeen, Sierra Sweetie, Soothsay, and Victorina. The unbeaten Fan Time also was nominated.

Sierra Sweetie, who was being pointed to the Kentucky Oaks before a throat problem sidelined her for two months, may need a bit more conditioning before she runs, said her trainer, Jeff Bonde. Sierra Sweetie has 4 victories, all in stakes, and 3 seconds in 7 career starts.

The other stakes scheduled for the weekend is the $60,000 Determine Stakes at 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-old colts on Saturday. A similar race, the Santa Rosa, failed to attract enough entries on the final weekend at Golden Gate Fields.

* Shadow Raider and Taco Willy, both nominated to the San Matean, are entered in Wednesday's feature, a $62,500 optional claimer on the turf. Taco Willy has won two straight, but Wednesday's race will be a major step up in class for him.

* Trainers Billy Morey and Art Sherman will be featured along with steward Dennis Nevin at Saturday's Thoroughbred Owners of California seminar about claiming horses. The program starts at 9 a.m. in the Bay Meadows owners-trainers lounge and includes a visit to the barn area.