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Baze Ends Mini Slump With Triple; Sanchez Injured In Spill
Jockey Russell Baze, who failed to reach the winner’s circle Thursday and Friday while riding nine horses, broke out of his mini slump Saturday by riding three winners at Golden Gate Fields.
Baze swept the opening Daily Double, winning the first race with C C’s Diamond ($6.80) and the second with Avare ($4.80). Baze completed his hat trick in the fifth race when he scored with Star Student ($7.80).
The riding triple put Baze back on top in the jockey standings with 11 victories through 10 days of racing at the summer meeting. Juan Hernandez and Pedro Terrero are tied for second with 10 wins apiece.
Jockey Juan Sanchez sustained a deep laceration in his right thigh when his mount in the sixth race, Lightonthebrandy, crashed through the inner rail on the turf course only a furlong into the one-mile event for maidens.
Lightonthebrandy broke from post position one and started ducking in shortly after crossing the finish line for the first time. Lightonthebrandy fell after hitting the rail but was quickly back on his feet and jogged around the infield after the accident. The gelding appeared to escape serious injury.
Sanchez was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland, where he was treated with antibiotics. According to Dr. David Seftel, track physician at Golden Gate Fields, Sanchez will likely be sidelined for four weeks.
Holiday weekend racing at Golden Gate Fields continues with Dollar Day programs Sunday and Monday. Post time is 1:15 p.m. and the track is offering fans $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 beers, $1 hot dogs and $1 sodas.