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Baze, Couton Tied Atop Jockey Standings Heading Into Final Days Of Summer Meet
Golden Gate Fields will wrap up its summer meeting with racing programs Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Post time is 1:15 p.m. each day and Russell Baze and Julien Couton head into the final three days tied atop the jockey standings with 21 wins apiece.
Baze, who has won 42 riding titles at Golden Gate Fields during his Hall of Fame career, is scheduled to ride 19 horses during closing weekend. Couton, a native of France who came to Northern California in 2009, is scheduled to ride 18 horses and is seeking his first riding championship.
Baze has five mounts on Friday’s card, including Format V., the 2-1 morning-line favorite in race six. Couton has six mounts, including Curly Girly, the strong 6-5 morning line choice in race four.
Baze and Couton both have seven mounts Saturday. Baze is named on three morning-line favorites – 8-5 Slim Pickins in the fifth race, 5-2 Faster Action in the eighth, and 5-2 Janero in the ninth. Couton rides two horses favored on the morning line – 2-1 Go Papi Go in the first race and 5-2 A Pint For Mary in the sixth.
Baze has seven mounts on Sunday’s card and Couton has five. The morning-line odds for Sunday’s program will be released Friday morning.
Closing-day Sunday will feature $1 specials (general parking, general admission, hot dogs, beers, sodas and programs will cost just a buck apiece), live music by The Cheeseballs between races, and the Horses and Horsepower Car Show. More than 100 cars will be on display, including hot rods and classics.
Football fans can catch all the NFL action at Golden Gate Fields as the track is able to broadcast the games via its subscription to the Sunday Ticket.
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.