Racing News

Hall Of Famer Baze Reaches Another Milestone – Rides In 50,000th Race At Golden Gate Fields

     Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze reached an incredible milestone Friday at Golden Gate Fields when he competed in his 50,000th thoroughbred race.

     Although he finished third aboard the 6-year-old mare Finish Rich in Nyc, Baze was allowed to enter the winner’s circle following the race for a photograph commemorating his historic ride.  Baze’s colleagues in the Golden Gate Fields jockey colony and track officials jammed in for the photograph.   

Baze Scheduled To Ride 50,000th Race Friday At Golden Gate Fields

     Provided none of his scheduled mounts are scratched, jockey Russell Baze will ride in his 50,000th thoroughbred race Friday afternoon at Golden Gate Fields.

     Baze, who has had 49,994 thoroughbred mounts and won 11,836 races in his Hall of Fame career, is slated to ride in races one through six.  That means Finish Rich in Nyc, the 7-5 morning-line favorite in race six, will be milestone mount No. 50,000 for Baze.

Baze Rides Three Winners Monday; Milestone Mount Coming Up Friday

     Jockey Russell Baze didn’t get Monday off so he made the best of it by riding three winners on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday program at Golden Gate Fields.

     Baze won the fourth race with Habit Forming ($3.80), the sixth with Senjen ($7.00), and the seventh with Lilly’s Perfect ($9.60).  

Holiday Racing Monday At Golden Gate Fields

     Golden Gate Fields will present an eight-race program Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Gates open at 10 a.m. and post time for the holiday program is 12:45 p.m.

     Sunday at Golden Gate Fields, jockey Kyle Frey and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer both won back-to-back races.

English Royal Romps In Sprint Feature

     English Royal surged to the lead at the top of the stretch and then increased her advantage through the final furlong to win the $31,758 sprint feature in very impressive fashion Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Trained by William E. Morey and ridden by Kyle Frey, English Royal took the
5 1/2-furlong race for fillies and mares by 4 1/2 lengths in a quick 1:03.18.  Personal Sunset placed second by 1 1/4 lengths over Chukchi Sunrise.

Baze Rides Four Winners At Golden Gate Fields

     Leading jockey Russell Baze rode four winners Friday afternoon at Golden Gate Fields.

     Baze won the first race with 4-5 favorite Apollo Ten ($3.80), the fourth with 9-5 second choice Massimo ($5.60), the seventh with 2-1 second choice Our Cognac Kid ($6.20) and the eighth with 3-2 favorite Cool Toddy ($5.00).

Alvarado, Carr, Hollendorfer All Win Two Races

     Jockeys Frank Alvarado and Dennis Carr and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer all recorded a pair of victories on Thursday’s seven-race program at Golden Gate Fields.

     Alvarado won the first race with Battling Atticus ($8.80) and the sixth with What’s for Dinner ($5.60).  Alvarado is third in the rider standings 13 victories.

Five-Day Racing Week Begins Thursday With Winning Streaks On The Line

     Golden Gate Fields will present five straight days of racing beginning Thursday and continuing through Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Post time is 12:45 p.m. each day.

     Two horses competing on Thursday’s seven-race card are hoping to extend winning streaks.  Yerkillinmesmalls will seek her fifth straight victory in the third race and Easy Going Boykie will gun for his fourth consecutive win in the sixth race.

Lucky Moment Scores Third Straight Win

     Lucky Moment earned her third straight victory Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when she ran down heavy favorite My Lil Shamrock in the $34,742 allowance feature for 3-year-old fillies.

     Lucky Moment, trained by Lloyd Mason and ridden by Inoel Beato, collared My Lil Shamrock in deep stretch of the one-mile race and scored by one length in 1:39.11.  Jerry’shoneycarol finished third.

Zeewat Overcomes Obstacles To Win California Derby

     He was cut off at the start and hung out wide on the far turn but that wasn’t enough to keep favored Zeewat from winning the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Zeewat, ridden by Russell Baze, came from fourth in a field of seven to win the
1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds by a half-length over pacesetter Wildcat Moon, the horse that turned right in front of him leaving the starting gate.  Tree of Life finished third.