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Baze Rebounds With Riding Triple; Hernandez Bruised In Fall
Jockey Russell Baze, who got off to a slow start this week, caught fire Saturday at Golden Gate Fields and rode three winners.
Baze, 0-for-4 Thursday and 1-for-5 Friday, won the first race Saturday aboard even-money favorite Heroically ($4.20). Baze ended the program 3-for-7 as he also won the third race with 4-1 Dunbar ($10.20) and the sixth race with 7-5 favorite Malibu Run ($4.80).
Baze owns the top spot in the Golden Gate Fields jockey standings with 99 victories. Dennis Carr is second with 73 wins.
Juan Hernandez, fourth in the standings with 39 victories, bruised his right bicep and right hip bone when his mount, Dontmesswithkitten, crashed through the moveable inside rail on the turf course in the third race.
Dontmesswithkitten was battling on the lead with Dunbar at the top of the stretch when he suddenly ducked into the rail. Hernandez was unseated and Dontmesswithkitten fell. Dontmesswithkitten, who quickly scrambled back on his feet and made his way back onto the course, appeared to have escaped the incident without injury.
Hernandez was taken to Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley for precautionary X-rays, which were negative. Hernandez is expected to be back in the saddle Sunday when racing resumes at 12:45 p.m.
Fans attending Golden Gate Fields Sunday will enjoy the best bargain in Bay Area sports as general parking, general admission, programs, hot dogs, beers and sodas are just $1 each.
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.