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Feature Race Win Caps Another Title-Winning Campaign For Baze
Jockey Russell Baze capped off another title-winning campaign at Golden Gate Fields by urging 4-5 favorite Black Spirit to a one-length victory in the $38,675 Run It purse on closing day of the track’s winter/spring meeting.
Black Spirit, trained by William J. Morey, Jr., outran San Francisco Mile winner Pepper Crown down the stretch to earn his third straight victory on Golden Gate Fields’ Lakeside Turf Course. Siberian Laughter, who set the pace at odds of 21-1, finished third, a length behind Pepper Crown.
Black Spirit took the one-mile allowance race in 1:36.56 and paid $3.80 after being hammered down to 4-5 favoritism. A 7-year-old gelding who went 0-for-8 in 2013, Black Spirit is 3-for-6 in 2014.
Black Spirit earned $21,000 for Sunday’s win and has banked $320,977 in 36 career starts. The Kentucky-bred son of Black Minnaloushe is owned in partnership by Ron Charles and Samuel Gordon.
Baze won 164 races during the 99-day meeting to easily claim his 48th career riding championship at Golden Gate Fields. Juan Hernandez, who had a riding hat trick on closing day, finished second in the jockey standings with 105 victories and Dennis Carr was third with 80.
Jerry Hollendorfer earned his 46th career training title at Golden Gate Fields by sending out 73 winners. Steve Sherman finished second in the trainer standings with 44 victories and John F. Martin finished third with 36.
Thoroughbred racing in the Bay Area moves to Pleasanton for the 12-day Alameda County Fair meeting, which begins Thursday and continues through July 6. Racing is conducted on a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule and post time is 1:15 p.m. with the exception of Fridays, when racing begins at 2:15 p.m.
Golden Gate Fields will be open for simulcast wagering on a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule while the horses are on the summer fair circuit. Live racing will return to Golden Gate Fields on Friday, Aug. 15, when the track kicks off its 19-day summer meeting.