Baze Primed For Big Afternoon Before Heading Into Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame

Baze Primed For Big Afternoon Before Heading Into Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame

     Jockey Russell Baze will be inducted into the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame Friday night in Oakland but not before he rides several “live horses” at Golden Gate Fields Friday afternoon.

    Post time at Golden Gate Fields is 12:45 p.m. and Baze has mounts in seven of the eight races on the card.  Post time for the Hall of Fame induction festivities, which will be held at the Interstate Center-Mormon Temple in Oakland (4766 Lincoln, Ave.), is
6 p.m.

     Five of the horses Baze is scheduled to ride Friday are favored on the morning line.  They are: Stormy Storyteller (9-to-5) in the first race, Nepobedimiy (2-to-1) in the third, Sky High Hatty (8-to-5) in the sixth, My Gal Candy (8-to-5) in the seventh, and Yvett’s Pride (3-to-5) in the eighth.

     Baze’s other mounts are Emily Tiger (8-to-1) in the fourth race and Family Soul
(9-to-2) in the fifth.

     Baze has won 39 riding titles at Golden Gate Fields and currently tops the standings at the 2010-2011 meeting with 48 victories.

     Baze, the winningest jockey in thoroughbred racing history with 11,183 career victories, is part of a 2011 induction class into the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame that also features NBA great Rick Barry and NFL star quarterback Y. A. Tittle.  
     
     This will be the fourth Hall of Fame induction for Baze, who is a member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame (inducted in 1999), Washington Horse Racing Hall of Fame (2004), and the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s Hall of Fame (2007).

     The Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame, formerly the African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame, is dedicated to honoring sports legends of all races.  The non-profit organization is devoted to developing opportunities for less fortunate youth to gain exposure to positive aspects of life, and to broaden the public’s understanding of African American/Ethnic history and the role of diversity and cultural tolerance in the growth of professional sports.

    For ticket information for Friday night’s induction dinner, visit www.afrosportshall.com or by calling (510) 508-3309.