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Jockey Baze, Trainer Morey Enjoy Holiday Triples At GGF
Jockey Russell Baze spent Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Golden Gate Fields the same way he spent Sunday at the East Bay track – by making multiple visits to the winner’s circle.
Baze, who won four races Sunday, came right back to win three races Monday and put a successful ending on a holiday weekend that began with a thud. Baze missed Saturday’s entire California Derby Day card with a neck sprain he sustained when he was unseated by the 6-year-old mare Joffe’s Run during warm-ups for the first race.
Baze, just as he did Sunday, swept the early Daily Double Monday. The Hall of Famer won the first race with Unionize ($3.20) and the second with Country Gold ($5.00). The Baze Daily Double paid $8.80.
Baze completed his riding triple when he captured the fifth race aboard Summer Jazz ($4.20).
Trainer William E. Morey, who won the California Derby with Positive Response, capped his big holiday weekend by saddling three more winners Monday.
Morey, who teamed with Baze for the victories with Unionize and Summer Jazz,
also won the third race with Run Suki Run ($11.40). Run Suki Run was ridden by Julien Couton, the jockey who guided Positive Response to victory in the California Derby.
Live racing will resume at Golden Gate Fields Friday. Post time is 12:45 p.m.
Golden Gate Fields will be open Thursday for simulcast wagering on action from Aqueduct (10:53 a.m.), Fairgrounds (11:08 a.m.), Gulfstream Park (11:12 a.m.), Tampa Bay (11:12 a.m.), Oaklawn (11:30 a.m.), Santa Anita (1 p.m.), and Turfway Park
(1:24 p.m.). Club house gates open at 10 a.m.