03/20/2006 1:00AM

Two turns the next challenge for Victorina


ALBANY, Calif. - The way Victorina overcame trouble to win the $44,550 Eire Go Brach overnight stakes on Friday has her trainer, Greg Gilchrist, excited about her future. Victorina won the six-furlong race by a nose over Press Camp, and Gilchrist believes she'll be even more effective when she runs long.

Victorina has won 3 of 4 career starts, all sprints. She ran second to Press Camp in an overnight stakes off a four-month layoff in February, and turned the tables on that rival Friday.

With two sprints since her comeback, Victorina is ready to tackle two turns, Gilchrist said, and he wants to find a mile race for her. One possibility, said Gilchrist, is the San Ramon overnight stakes, a one-mile race for 3-year-old fillies here on April 8.

Each of Victorina's five opponents in the Eire Go Brach had won a stakes. As Gilchrist said, "A man could have a lot of success with any of those fillies in his barn."

When Press Camp, the expected pacesetter, broke in the air and found herself last early, the complexion of the race changed. Victorina took a while to get into gear, sitting in the second flight under Russell Baze. Roberto Gonzalez sat chilly aboard Press Camp and kept Victorina boxed in, and Victorina had no room to run as the field turned for home. She couldn't quite make it through a small hole without interfering with Talverna, who was inside her.

Gonzalez finally had to make his move, and when he did, he allowed Baze room to swing Victorina out. Victorina was about two lengths behind Press Camp at the sixteenth pole, but got rolling as Baze tattooed her right-handed. Press Camp wasn't stopping, but Victorina got up to win by a nose with a final furlong in 11.96 seconds - and really got to run only the final sixteenth.

As pleased as he was by the victory, Gilchrist took time to salute Press Camp, saying, "I have a lot more respect for her after today's race than when she won the other day. She had everything go against her."

If Victorina returns on April 8, Baze won't be available to ride her because he will be with Cause to Believe at Hawthorne for the Illinois Derby.

Lost in the Fog works

Eclipse champion Lost in the Fog continues to work impressively for his scheduled April 22 comeback in the $100,000 Golden Gate Fields Sprint. He worked five furlongs in 59.85 seconds before the races Saturday, but his trainer, Gilchrist, had said earlier in the week that it would really be more of a 5 1/2-furlong work. The colt was timed by track clockers in 1:06 for 5 1/2 furlongs, and galloped out in 1:12.56 for six furlongs.

Hollendorfer running three

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said he will likely start all three of his nominees to Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Golden Gate Fields Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on the turf.

Hollendorfer nominated Adreamisborn, Ace Blue, and Symphony Sid. Capitano, Toasted, and either Sleepless Joy or Austin Barber are other likely candidates for the race. Adreamisborn won the March 4 San Quentin with a strong closing charge after Symphony Sid led to the final eighth.

Tight jockeys' race

After missing Saturday's card when he was thrown from a horse in the post parade before the first race, apprentice Martin Garcia holds a two-victory lead, 55-53, over Baze in the jockeys' race through Sunday. Baze cut the margin to one with three wins Sunday before Garcia won the final race on the card.

Garcia landed on his left shoulder when William Riley acted up in the post parade and threw him on Saturday. He had numbness in his left arm, but X-rays proved negative. He rode all his mounts Sunday.

Turf test - or maybe not

Wednesday's feature is a $32,000 claimer at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. But with rain predicted for early in the week, most of the entrants seem better on dirt, including Logician, entered for main-track competition only. He was just claimed for $25,000 by trainer Lloyd Mason after winning a 1 1/4-mile race as the even-money favorite.

Lover Marshal and Raise the Heat are equally adept on both surfaces, and Hajji's Honor, who would be making his turf debut, seems to be coming around after being dropped for a confidence-building win at the $16,000 level.