Baze Will Be Back In The Saddle Thursday At Golden Gate Fields

Baze Will Be Back In The Saddle Thursday At Golden Gate Fields

 

     Russell Baze, the world’s winningest jockey, will be back in the saddle Thursday when thoroughbred racing resumes at Golden Gate Fields.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.
 
     Baze missed all of last Sunday’s card and parts of the racing programs on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 due to back spasms.  Baze underwent an MRI on Monday and said the test revealed no new injuries to his lower back. 
 
     “There’s a little damage down there from previous injuries but nothing I can’t handle,” said Baze after working horses Wednesday morning at Golden Gate Fields.  “I worked horses this morning and everything was fine.”
 
     Baze said the spasms occur when he strains or tweaks his lower back.  A winner of 11,381 races and a man who has ridden in 48,563 thoroughbred contests, Baze has “played with pain” many times in his Hall of Fame career but plans to monitor his back closely. 
 
     “If I strain it, I’ll just have to take off (my mounts) and rest it,” said Baze.  “But I feel good now.  I’m ready to ride (Thursday).”
 
     Baze, 53, is scheduled to ride six horses Thursday, including morning-line favorites April (2-to-1 in the fourth race) and Pearloftheorient (2-to-1 in the fifth race). 
 
     Specht To Start Pair In Cal Cup – Two horses based at Golden Gate Fields will compete in Saturday’s California Cup program at Santa Anita and both are trained by veteran Steve Specht. 
 
     Specht will send out the maiden Unveiled Heat in the $100,000 Bob Benoit Cal Cup Juvenile and multiple stakes-winner Antares World in the $125,000 John Deere Cal Cup Distaff.