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Baze Takes Big Stride Toward Title With Another Riding Triple
Russell Baze, who rode three winners Friday at Golden Gate Fields, came back with another riding hat trick Saturday to open up a six-win advantage in the jockey standings heading into the final day of the summer meeting.
Baze leads Juan Hernandez 24-18 going into Sunday’s 10-race finale and both jockeys are scheduled to ride seven horses.
Baze scored his victories with Lota Spunk ($9.60) in fourth race, Rocabar ($6.20) in the fifth and Time and Tides ($16.80) in the seventh.
Hernandez skipped Saturday’s card at Golden Gate Fields to ride the promising City by the Bay in the $100,000 Barretts Debutante at Fairplex Park in Pomona. It proved to be a wise decision as City by the Bay scored a runaway 8 3/4-length victory in the lucrative 6 1/2-furlong stakes for 2-year-old fillies.
City by the Bay is based at Golden Gate Fields and trained by William E. Morey, who also won a pair of races at his home track. Morey trains Lota Spunk and Time and Tides.
Jockeys Abel Cedillo and Pedro Terrero and their mounts escaped serious injury in a scary spill on the far turn in the sixth race, a one-mile turf event for 3-year-olds and up. The accident occurred when Cloud Hopper, ridden by Cedillo, clipped heels and fell. Speed Rouser, ridden by Terrero, tripped over Cloud Hopper.
Cedillo bruised his right ankle and was taken to Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley for precautionary X-rays. Terrero sustained a concussion and bruising to both forearms and was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland for a head scan and precautionary X-rays.
Post time Sunday is 1:15 p.m. and the track is offering $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers, and $1 sodas.