01/14/2004 12:00AM

Stakes has only three sure runners


ALBANY, Calif. - Saturday's $60,000-added Miss California Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Golden Gate Fields may be in trouble.

Only three nominees are confirmed starters for the six-furlong race, which is listed as an overnight stakes. If the race doesn't get enough entries, it could be canceled or postponed.

Little Foxy Baby, Smoke Break, and Uppity Kitty are the three confirmed horses.

Trainer John Sadler said he would look at Santa Anita's next condition book before making a decision on whether to enter the stakes-placed Nicole and Ben.

Swingn' Notes, winner of the one-mile Corte Madera Stakes here on Dec. 27, is considered a possibility, and trainer Bud Klokstad would likely enter her as the fifth member of the field to make the race go.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer nominated Heavenly Humor, Secret Corsage, and Wildwood Flower. He said Wildwood Flower would not run but that either of the other two could.

Miss Del Mar and Papa to Kinzie, both winners in their debuts in Southern California, will not run. Trainer Marty Jones said Papa to Kinzie will run in Monday's Grade 2, $150,000 Santa Ynez at Santa Anita, a race that will also include the Hollendorfer-trained Bending Strings.

Very Vegas, winner of the Bay Meadows Lassie, will also pass on the Miss California, according to trainer Terry Knight.

Veterans in spotlight

Fog City Willy, who has won seven of 10 starts here and 16 of his 45 career starts, will try to get back on the winning track in Friday's co-feature, a $16,000 claimer at six furlongs.

Claimed for $32,000 from a victory at Del Mar last summer, Fog City Willy is looking for his first victory in five starts for trainer Art Sherman.

An 8-year-old gelding, Fog City Willy was eased in his first start for Sherman but showed signs of life in a $16,000 claimer at Hollywood Park in his last start when he displayed early foot.

He drew the rail for Friday and will have to face a top contender in fellow 8-year-old Waki American, but his love for this track could make him a threat here.

Waki American was claimed by Jerry Hollendorfer from a victory in the same Hollywood Park claimer in which Fog City Willy last ran. Waki American can lead or stalk, and is well-drawn in post 7 in the field of eight.

Ex Federali, who steps up off a win in the mud here on Dec. 21, could provide a threat.

In the co-feature, a $16,000 claimer at 1 1/16 miles, 7-year-old Mega Gift, who has won two of his past three races, should get a good trip off the pace of Find My Halter.