Baze Rides Four Winners At Golden Gate Fields, Will Pilot 30-1 Class Included In Breeders’ Cup Friday

Baze Rides Four Winners At Golden Gate Fields, Will Pilot 30-1 Class Included In Breeders’ Cup Friday

     Jockey Russell Baze gained some momentum for his road trip to the Breeders’ Cup by riding four winners Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Baze scored with Mardi’s Tough Game ($9.80) in the first race, Step On the Gas ($6,00) in the third, French Alps ($5.20) in the fourth, and Mile High Bunk ($3.00) in the sixth.  

     Day 1 of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held Friday at Santa Anita and Baze will ride 30-1 outsider Class Included in the $2 million Ladies’ Classic.  Golden Gate Fields will simulcast the entire Breeders’ Cup program, which begins at 11:15 a.m.
Post time for the first Breeders’ Cup race, the Juvenile Sprint (Race 4 on the program), is 1:06 p.m.

     The Ladies’ Classic is the ninth race on the program and will be run at approximately 4:30 p.m.  Baze is riding Class Included for trainer Jim Penney.  Class Included has won four straight stakes races, including the Ballerina at Hastings Park in Canada on Oct. 8.  Baze guided the 4-year-old filly to her 1 1/2-length victory in the 1 1/8-mile Ballerina.      

     The Grade 1 Ladies’ Classic is a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares that attracted a field of eight.  Royal Delta, a romping winner of the Grade 1 Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park, is the 9-5 favorite on the morning line.  

     There is a special 12:05 p.m. post time at Golden Gate Fields Friday with nine races on tap.  General admission and club house gates open at 10 a.m., the turf club at
11 a.m.

     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.