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Gryder, Hernandez Will Try To Capitalize On Baze’s Benching
Russell Baze will serve a three-day riding suspension Friday through Sunday at Golden Gate Fields and his benching translates to more opportunities for his colleagues in the jockeys’ room.
Baze won with 10 of his 24 mounts during the Labor Day holiday weekend and is tied with Aaron Gryder for the top spot in the jockey standings with 12 wins at the 10-day-old summer meeting. Baze has already missed two days of the season due to out-of-town riding engagements.
Baze received his suspension from the board of stewards for his “failure to make a proper effort to maintain a straight course in the stretch and causing interference” while aboard Doctor Park in the fourth race at Golden Gate Fields on Aug. 28. Doctor Park finished last after leading to the stretch.
Gryder and Juan Hernandez are among the riders who will be looking to capitalize on Baze’s absence. Gryder rides contenders in the first four races Friday, including 9-to-5 morning line favorite Hello Beautiful in the first race.
Hernandez, third in the jockey standings with 10 victories, has mounts in every race but the first. Hernandez has the call on the two morning-line favorites – Red Hot Charlotte (an even-money choice in the second race) and Skippin’ The Storm (7-to-5 in the sixth race).
Gryder has mounts in all 10 races Saturday and has six mounts on Sunday’s nine-race program. Hernandez has seven mounts Saturday and five on Sunday.
GGF Notes: Post time Friday, Saturday and Sunday is 12:45 p.m. GGF will host a gourmet food truck festival Saturday (15 trucks will showcase their grub) and host a special Dollar Day football card Sunday (general parking, general admission, programs, hot dogs, beers, and sodas all cost just a buck and the track will televise all the NFL games via its subscription to the Sunday Ticket)…Sam Spear celebrated the 33rd anniversary of his television horse racing replay show on Labor Day. The Golden Gate Report airs at 5 p.m. on KTSF-TV Channel 26 on Fridays and Sundays during the summer meeting. Spear hopes to celebrate many more anniversaries but needs sponsorship support to keep the show on the air...GGF will salute trainer Jerry Hollendorfer Friday on his recent Hall of Fame induction and his 6,000th career win, which he recorded last Saturday at GGF. Track officials will present Hollendorfer with a gift following the fifth race. GGF had hoped to honor Hollendorfer on Saturday or Sunday but the trainer's busy schedule has him out of town.