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Baze Bounces Back From Saturday Fall to win four races at Golden Gate Fields
Russell Baze, who missed Saturday’s California Derby Day program due a neck sprain he sustained in a fall prior to the first race, bounced right back Sunday to win four races at Golden Gate Fields.
Baze hit the dirt Saturday when he was unseated by the 6-year-old mare Joffe’s Run during warm-ups for the opener. Baze missed all seven of his scheduled mounts while being checked out at Alta Bates Hospital, where X-rays proved negative and cleared the way for his return to the saddle Sunday.
Baze swept the opening Daily Double, taking the first race with Rock Solid King ($7.40) and the second with Family Soul ($3.20). The very popular Baze Daily Double paid $7.00.
Baze finished fourth aboard Zoe’s Racer in the third race but then came back to win the fourth and fifth races with Can’t Topper ($5.60) and Siberian Cocktail ($5.20), respectively.
A very resilient 52-year-old, Baze tops the Golden Gate Fields jockey standings with 21 victories through 14 days of racing at the 2010-2011 winter/spring meeting.
Golden Gate Fields will present a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day racing program Monday and Baze has six mounts on the holiday card. Post time is 12:45 p.m.