Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall Of Fame Will Have ‘Day At The Races’ At GGF

Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall Of Fame Will Have ‘Day At The Races’ At GGF

     The Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization devoted to developing opportunities for less fortunate youth, will have “A Day At The Races” at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday, May 22.

     The “Day At The Races” is a fund-raising event for the Oakland-based Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame and one person staunchly behind the cause is Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, who will donate a percentage of his earnings from that day’s racing to the Hall.

     Baze, along with NBA great Rick Barry and NFL star quarterback Y. A. Tittle, was inducted into the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in February.   

     The Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame will have a booth trackside, near the winner’s circle, where fans can learn about the Hall and the work it does in the community.  Arif Khatib, president of the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame, said special guests from the sports world will be at the booth throughout the afternoon to sign autographs and pose for photographs with fans in exchange for a donation.

     Prizes donated by the Oakland Athletics, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Giants and San Jose Sharks, as well as a pair of VIP tickets to the 2012 Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner, will be raffled off during the day.  Fans can purchase raffle tickets at the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame booth.

     Fans attending the races on May 22 will enjoy Golden Gate Fields’ Dollar Day specials and live musical entertainment.  General parking, general admission, racing programs, beers, hot dogs and sodas will all cost just a buck, and The Cheeseballs will perform on the Trackside Stage between races.
   
     Baze Takes Off Mounts --   Russell Baze, the leading jockey at Golden Gate Fields with 125 victories, took off his four scheduled mounts Thursday after his back muscles tightened while warming up the 3-year-old colt Eddingtonforgianna for the first race.

     “My back was bothering me a little bit this morning (during workouts) but I got a good rubdown and thought I’d be OK, but the longer the post parade went on the more it tightened up on me,” said Baze.  “I’ll ice it and hopefully be ready to go tomorrow.”

     Jockey William Antongeorgi III pinch hit for Baze on Eddingtonforgianna, who finished second to Ministerfrommiami after leading to deep stretch.