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Feature Race Victory Caps 4-For-5 Day For Baze
A hard-fought victory aboard My Best Bet in the $31,520 allowance feature capped a four-win afternoon for jockey Russell Baze at Golden Gate Fields Friday.
Baze, who had two of his mounts scratched from the eight-race program, went 4-for-5 on the day. The Hall of Famer won the first race with Gypsy Spirit ($5.20), the second with For Sure for Sure ($5.40), the fourth with Mahogany Ridge ($3.60), and the seventh with My Best Bet ($6.00).
My Best Bet, trained by William E. Morey, won a stretch-long battle with Southern California invader Londinium to take the one-mile main event for 2-year-olds by a half-length. My Best Bet was timed in 1:40.62 and earned $18,000 for his owners, T N T Racing.
My Best Bet and Londinium are both candidates for the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes, a one-mile race for 2-year-olds that will be run Saturday, Dec. 8, at Golden Gate Fields.
Zeewat Favored In Golden Nugget Stakes -- Zeewat, winner of the six-furlong Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the $50,000-added Golden Nugget Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Zeewat hails from the powerful Jerry Hollendorfer barn and enters the six-furlong Golden Nugget with a record that features two wins and a fourth-place finish in three starts. Baze will ride Zeewat, who will break from post position five in a field of six
The Golden Nugget field, in post position order, is as follows: Hunger, Abel Cedillo rides, 10-1; Epic Electorate, Eric Camacho, 12-1; Anytime Magic, Alejandro Gomez,
10-1; Strong Wind, Frank Alvarado, 2-1; Zeewat, Russell Baze, 9-5; and Outside Nashville, Dennis Carr, 5-2. All of the starters will carry 120 pounds.
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.