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Closing-Day Riding Double Caps Title Campaign For Baze
A riding double on Sunday’s closing-day program at Golden Gate Fields capped another title-winning campaign for Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze.
Baze, who won three races both Friday and Saturday, finished the 19-day summer meeting with 26 victories and earned his 46th career riding championship at Golden Gate Fields.
Juan Hernandez, who rode four winners Sunday, finished second in the jockey standings with 22 wins. The four-bagger punctuated a very successful weekend for Hernandez, who on Saturday won the $100,000 Barretts Debutante at Fairplex Park in Pomona with the talented 2-year-old filly City by the Bay.
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer sent out 12 winners at the summer session to collect his 44th career conditioning crown at Golden Gate Fields. William E. Morey and Steve Sherman, who saddled two winners Sunday, tied for second in the trainer standings with nine victories each.
Racing on the Northern California fair circuit resumes Friday when the San Joaquin County Fair opens a two week meeting in Stockton. Racing will be conducted on a Friday-through-Sunday schedule and post time is 1:15 p.m.
Live racing at Golden Gate Fields will resume on Thursday, Oct. 17, when the track kicks off its fall season. In the meantime, the track’s club house will be open Wednesday through Sunday for simulcast wagering.
Terrero Sidelined With Fractured Wrist -- Pedro Terrero, who finished third in the jockey standings with 14 victories, will be sidelined four to six weeks with a fracture in his left wrist, an injury he sustained in a spill in the sixth race Saturday.
Terrero also injured a tendon in his right wrist and sustained a minor concussion in the accident, which occurred on the far turn of the turf course when Cloud Hopper, ridden by Abel Cedillo, clipped heels and fell. Terrero’s mount, Speed Rouser, couldn’t avoid Cloud Hopper and tripped over the fallen horse.
Cedillo escaped the incident with a slightly sprained right ankle and hopes to resume riding Friday in Stockton. Cloud Hopper and Speed Rouser both escaped serious injury but have been put on the veterinarian’s list.