01/02/2007 12:00AM

Two reasons to cheer on New Year's Day


. Getting stakes to fill has become something of an iffy proposition of late in northern California, but the Muir Woods drew six runners.

Victorina, who will make her first start since winning the Ahwatukee Express at Turf Paradise on Oct. 28, drew post 5 for the Muir Woods, which will be her second try at the distance. A 4-year-old filly, Victorina was second to the talented Secret Scheme in the Noe Valley last fall.

Also in the field are the multiple stakes winner Bai and Bai, Codi Dee, Dramatic, Beautiful Dixi, and Loyal Bounty.

Later on New Year's Day, Vicarino won the $50,275 Stinson Beach for Aleo, Gilchrist, and Baze, going wire to wire to beat Candy's Bro by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:09.23 for six furlongs.

It was Vicarino's first start since a track-record performance in the Harvest Festival Futurity at the Big Fresno Fair on Oct. 13.

Baze, who won five races Monday, said Vicarino was eager to run.

"I was trying to slow him down early," Baze said. "I'd have been perfectly happy to be laying second, but he wouldn't have any of it. He was bearing down. He can go that fast a lot easier than he did today. He wasn't relaxed. It was a good race, and it will set him up well for the next one."

The next one, according to Gilchrist, could be the Grade 2 Swale Stakes at Gulfstream on Feb. 3. Gilchrist said he hoped Vicarino will have a campaign similar to the one Jerry Hollendorfer used with Cause to Believe last year, when the colt won the California Derby and El Camino Real Derby. The California Derby will be run here Jan. 28.

The only other thing Aleo and Gilchrist want now is for a race to fill for their talented Smokey Stover.

Locals well-represented on 2006 list

Three northern California trainers were among the top 15 in number of wins in North America in 2006.

Hollendorfer ranked fourth with 234 victories, Art Sherman was seventh with 189 victories, and Steve Miyadi was 15th with 145 wins. Miyadi led North American trainers in winning percentage at 33.

Hollendorfer ranked 12th in money won with $5,408,713, while Sherman was 24th with $3,954,933.

Baze finished with 377 victories, third in the nation behind Julien Leparoux (403) and Ramon Dominguez (385). He was also the nation's leader in win percentage, at 29, which will give him his 11th Isaac Murphy Award as the leading percentage rider. The award has been given only 12 times.

Martin Garcia, who spent the first half of the year in northern California before heading south, ranked 16th in North America with 260 victories. Luis Martinez was 22nd with 226, and Roberto Gonzalez was tied for 40th with 176.

Baze was 22nd in money won with $7,018,524.

Two good races on card

Thursday's Golden Gate Fields card includes two strong races.

Tonco bids for his third straight win as he steps up off a claim in a $40,000 claimer at 1 1/16 miles. Also in the field is the multiple stakes winner Yougottawanna.

Fuego, second last time in her northern California debut, tops a field of 3-year-old fillies in a $40,000 starter allowance at one mile.