Champion Baze Has Riding Hat Trick On Closing Day

Champion Baze Has Riding Hat Trick On Closing Day

     Putting the finishing touches on another title-winning campaign, jockey Russell Baze rode three winners on Sunday’s closing-day program at Golden Gate Fields. 

     Baze won 172 races during the 101-day winter/spring meeting to collect his 45th riding championship at Golden Gate Fields.  Dennis Carr finished second in the jockey standings with 105 victories and Juan Hernandez was third with 75.

     Baze recorded his riding hat trick with victories aboard Unremitting ($2.80) in the third race, Romance Is Sosa ($6.00) in the fourth, and Marmaris ($9.60) in the seventh.

     Baze rode Romance Is Sosa to victory for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who sent out 83 winners at the meeting to easily claim his 43rd training title at Golden Gate Fields.  John F. Martin saddled 47 winners to edge Steve Sherman, who saddled 46, for second place in the trainer standings.

     The summer fair racing season begins Thursday when the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton opens a 12-day meeting that runs through Sunday, July 7.  Racing will be conducted on a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule and post time is 1:15 p.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.