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Baze Goes 5-For-5; Trainer Bill Patterson Gets First Win In Own Name
Jockey Russell Baze, blanked Thursday at Golden Gate Fields, rebounded by going
Baze won the first race with Win It to Be In ($6.60), the third with Picture Perfect ($4.00), the fourth with My Coastie ($12.80), the sixth with She’s All Yours ($3.40) and the seventh with Big Jim ($7.00). Baze tops the rider standings at the winter/spring meeting with 105 victories.
Big Jim gave Bill Patterson, who saddled countless winners as an assistant trainer during the past three decades, his first training victory in his own name. Bill recently took over the stable of his father, Dennis, a well-respected horseman who died on April 4 at age 77. Big Jim’s win came just two days after funeral services were held for Mr. Patterson.
“My big concern was not breaking up Baze’s perfect game,” quipped Bill Patterson before taking a moment to reflect on his first win and the barn’s first victory since the passing of his father. “It’s just nice to get over the hump for the family. My mom (Theresa) was really pulling for me. And it was also nice to win for this owner (Joe Buccola), because he really loved my dad.”
Big Jim, owned in partnership by Joe Buccola and Brock Buccola, was Bill Patterson’s third starter. Patterson’s first two starters, Not to Notty and Airplane Mode, finished second and third, respectively, in races at Golden Gate Fields last Saturday.
Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Saturday. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and fans attending the races will receive a free San Francisco Mile T-shirt. The San Francisco Mile will be run on Saturday, April 27, and patrons that wear SF Mile T-shirts to the track that day will receive free club house admission.
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.