BAZE BREAKS OUT OF MINI SLUMP ON OPENING DAY AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

BAZE BREAKS OUT OF MINI SLUMP ON OPENING DAY AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

Jockey Russell Baze, who went into a mini slump after scoring his historic 11,000th career victory on Aug. 14 at the Sonoma County Fair, came out of his funk Wednesday when Golden Gate Fields kicked off its 2010 summer meeting.

    Baze, 1-for-14 since posting his milestone win aboard Separate Forest at Santa Rosa, won three of the first five races on the opening-day program of Golden Gate Fields’ 28-day summer session.

     Baze won the second race with Buckatunna ($4.20), the fourth with Kingman Kid ($6.60) and the fifth with It’s Only Money ($6.00).  Baze is used to fast starts and success at Golden Gate Fields as the Hall of Famer has won 37 riding titles at the East Bay track.

     Jockey Leslie Mawing and trainer Steve Miyadi both had a pair of victories on opening day.  Mawing won the first race of the meeting aboard Seemed Sweet ($13.80) and the sixth race with Sahha ($8.80).

     Miyadi took the third race with Cassie’s Mark ($5.80) and then teamed up with Baze to win the fifth with It’s Only Money.

     Golden Gate Fields’ summer season runs through Sunday, Oct. 3.  Post time is
12:45 p.m. and the track will offer “Dollar Day” cards – featuring $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 racing programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers, and $1 sodas – every Sunday of the meeting.