Baze Bounces Back From Saturday Fall to win four races at Golden Gate Fields

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.