Baze Goes Back-To-Back Friday; Rides Favorite In $100,000 Stakes Saturday

Baze Goes Back-To-Back Friday; Rides Favorite In $100,000 Stakes Saturday

     Jockey Russell Baze, who will ride 7-5 morning line favorite Unusual Way in the $100,000 Campanile Stakes Saturday at Golden Gate Fields, kicked off his weekend by riding a pair of winners Friday at the East Bay racetrack.

     Baze scored his victories in back-to-back races, taking the fifth with New Centurion ($4.60) and the sixth with Romance Is Sosa ($4.00).

     Baze appeared – at least to handicappers – to be a cinch to complete a hat trick in the seventh race as he had the mount on 1-5 favorite Art Official in the five-furlong turf dash.  The riding triple was not to be for Baze as Art Official came up a head short of running down speedy longshot Gloria’s Lucky One and jockey Pablo Flores. 

     Gloria’s Lucky One, a 5-year-old gelding trained by Manuel Calvario, paid $31.20 after breaking his maiden in his seventh career start.

     The Campanile, a one-mile turf event for 3-year-old fillies bred in California, highlights a nine-race program Saturday.  Unusual Way is one of four morning-line favorites that Baze will ride.

     First post Saturday is 12:45 p.m.  The Campanile is the eighth race on the program and will be run at approximately 4:23 p.m.

     The field for the Campanile, in post position order with riders and morning-line odds, is as follows: Miz Strawberry Dee, William Antongeorgi III, 15-1; Unusual Way, Baze, 7-5; Qiaona, Juan Hernandez, 3-1; Adriatic Skye, Frank Alvarado, 12-1; Life Is a Stone, Dennis Carr, 9-2; Jaz Unlimited, Kerwin John, 15-1; and Warren’s Veneda, Christian Santiago Reyes, 4-1.

     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.