Baze Goes 6-For-7 At Golden Gate Fields

Baze Goes 6-For-7 At Golden Gate Fields

     Jockey Russell Baze, showing why he’s a member of thoroughbred racing’s Hall of Fame, rode six winners Friday at Golden Gate Fields. 
 
     Baze scored his victories with Iron Joe T ($7.00) in the first race, Uzziel ($7.40) in the featured third, Spanishsugarrr ($6.20) in the fifth, Relentless Warrior ($7.60) in the sixth, Barrel Knot ($7.60) in the seventh, and Bomb Site ($5.40) in the eighth.  Amazingly, Bomb Site was the only horse favored in the betting. 
 
     Baze’s lone loser on his 6-for-7 afternoon was Unbridled Loyalty, who finished third in the fourth race. 
 
     Baze has twice ridden seven winners on a card, which is the Northern California record.  Baze went 7-for-9 at Golden Gate Fields on April 16, 1992, and 7-for-7 at the San Mateo County Fair at Bay Meadows on Aug. 18, 2006.    
 
     Baze will try to continue his roll Saturday when he rides five horses, including morning-line favorites Ezio (4-5 in race three) and G. G. Ryder (2-1 in race eight).  Post time for the nine-race card is 12:45 p.m.
 
      Uzziel Bounces Back  --  Uzziel, trounced when she traveled to Santa Anita for the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes on Jan. 4, bounced back from the rough road trip with an easy victory Friday at Golden Gate Fields. 
 
     Uzziel got squeezed at the start of the Santa Ynez and trailed throughout the                 6 1/2-furlong feature.  With jockey Victor Espinoza easing up on her, Uzziel finished 21 3/4 lengths behind winner Awesome Baby.
 
     Uzziel enjoyed a clean break Friday and immediately took command under Baze.  Unchallenged on the lead, Uzziel was allowed to get away with soft fractions of :23.06 and :46.53.
 
     Baze turned Uzziel loose at the top of the stretch and she quickly ran away from her four rivals.  Trained by William E. Morey, Uzziel won the six-furlong allowance race for 
3-year-old fillies by six lengths in 1:10.21.
 
     Meinertzhageni took second by a half-length over 8-5 favorite Toomuchisnotenough.  
 
     Uzziel was the third choice in the betting and paid $7.40 after collecting her second victory in four career starts.  A California-bred daughter of Harlington, Uzziel races for her breeders, James and Tammy McKenney.