Baze Back In Saddle Thursday, Will ‘Ride The Card’ At Golden Gate Fields

Baze Back In Saddle Thursday, Will ‘Ride The Card’ At Golden Gate Fields

     Russell Baze, who took off his mounts last Sunday due to a bruised left knee, will be back in the saddle Thursday when racing resumes at Golden Gate Fields. 

     Post time is 12:45 p.m. and Baze is scheduled to “ride the card” as he has mounts in all seven races.  Baze, the winningest jockey in North American racing history with 11,878 career victories, tops the rider standings at Golden Gate Fields’ 2012-2013
winter/spring meeting with 74 wins.  Dennis Carr is second with 54 victories.

     Baze’s mounts Thursday are: Trappers Magic (2-1 on the morning line) in the first race, Mardi’s Tough Game (even money) in the second, Red Charger (5-2) in the third, Tribal Money (10-1) in the fourth, Yerkillinmesmalls (9-2) in the fifth, Simply Sharp
(2-1) in the sixth, and Corner Office (5-2) in the seventh.

    Baze is named to ride six horses on Friday’s eight-race program and seven races on Saturday’s nine-race card.

     Baze’s top upcoming mount is Bailouttheminister, who runs Friday in the third race, a six-furlong allowance dash for older horses that attracted a stakes-caliber field.  Bailouttheminister is looking to rebound from his most recent start on Feb. 18 when he finished seventh as the 5-2 favorite in the Albany Stakes.  Bailouttheminister lost all chance in the Albany when he had to steady hard inside of Gallant Son (the race winner) at the three-eighths pole.

     Bailouttheminister, trained by Keith Nations, has been victorious in six of his 18 career starts and has earned $213,134.  Winner of the Sam J. Whiting Handicap at Pleasanton last summer, Bailouttheminister will face the following rivals Friday: Gallant Son, Handsome Harvey Jr., Hudson Landing and Control Seeker.

     Golden Gate Fields is a Stronach Group company, North America's leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator.  The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness.  The company is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its Adena Springs operation.  The company owns and operates AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service.  The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.