Racing News

Baze Primed For Big Afternoon Before Heading Into Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame

     Jockey Russell Baze will be inducted into the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame Friday night in Oakland but not before he rides several “live horses” at Golden Gate Fields Friday afternoon.

    Post time at Golden Gate Fields is 12:45 p.m. and Baze has mounts in seven of the eight races on the card.  Post time for the Hall of Fame induction festivities, which will be held at the Interstate Center-Mormon Temple in Oakland (4766 Lincoln, Ave.), is
6 p.m.

Lopez, Romero, Baze Celebrate Presidents’ Day With Riding Doubles At Golden Gate Fields

     Jockeys David Lopez, Russell Baze, and Hector Romero all celebrated Presidents’ Day by riding a pair of winners at Golden Gate Fields Monday.

     Lopez and Baze both scored their victories in back-to-back races.  
     Lopez captured the third race with 3-to-5 favorite Hoosier Honey ($3.40) and the fourth with 6-to-1 shot Icedmochanowhip ($15.60).  The Lopez Daily Double covering the two races paid $34.40.

Baze, Hernandez Record Sunday Triples; Presidents’ Day Racing Monday At GGF

     Golden Gate Fields celebrated the Chinese New Year with a nine-race card Sunday and the chief revelers among the crowd of 6,834 were jockeys Russell Baze and Juan Hernandez, who each rode three winners.

     Baze, who won four races Saturday, scored Sunday with big-time hunch play Sammy Choi ($3.20) in the third race, Knockout Artist ($6.20) in the fourth and Ironmann ($3.80) in the ninth.

      Baze sits atop the Golden Gate Fields jockey standings with 46 victories.

Baze Bounces Back With Four-Win Saturday at GGF

     Jockey Russell Baze, who failed to reach the winner’s circle with three heavily-bet horses Friday, bounced back Saturday with a four-victory afternoon at Golden Gate Fields.

     Baze’s forgettable Friday saw him finish second with 8-to-5 favorite Count It All Joy in the fourth race, last aboard 3-to-5 favorite Tall Texan in the fifth, and last aboard
9-to-5 second choice Candy Store in the seventh.

Jockey Krigger Rides Three Winners At GGF

     Jockey Kevin Krigger rode three winners Friday at Golden Gate Fields and fans of the personable jockey went home with their pockets full.

     None of Krigger’s horses were favored in the wagering and two of them returned double-digit win payoffs.

     Krigger won the second race with Excellent Point, the 2-to-1 second choice in a scratch-plagued field of four.  Excellent Point paid $6.80.

Kinsale King Tunes Up For Dubai Title Defense With Smart Victory At Golden Gate Fields

     Kinsale King tuned up for his upcoming title defense in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen by posting an impressive front-running victory at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.

     Kinsale King, trained by Carl O’Callaghan, won the 2010 Golden Shaheen at Meydan Racecourse by a half-length over Rocket Man.  The 6-year-old gelding will try to repeat in the rich six-furlong stakes on March 26 at Meydan.

Dubai Sprint Champion Kinsale King Races At Golden Gate Fields Thursday

     Kinsale King, who traveled to Dubai last year to win the $2 million Golden Shaheen, will make his first start of 2011 at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.

     Kinsale King won the six-furlong Golden Shaheen by a half-length over Rocket Man at Meydan Racecourse.  Meydan, like Golden Gate Fields, conducts racing on Tapeta, a synthetic surface, and Kinsale King worked out at Golden Gate Fields in preparation for the Group 1 Golden Shaheen.

El Camino Real Derby Rivals Exit Feature In Good Order

     Silver Medallion came out of his upset victory in Saturday’s Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields in good order, according to trainer Steve Asmussen.

     “He came out of it great,” said Asmussen via telephone from his barn at Santa Anita Sunday.  “He loaded onto the van at 10 a.m. and is on his way back home.  I was very pleased with his race.  He’s a very nice horse.”

Silver Medallion Eligible for Historic Preakness 5.5

    Silver Medallion’s victory in the El Camino Real Derby keeps the colt eligible for the “Preakness 5.5” bonus ($5 million for Michael J. Ryan, $500,000 for Steve Asmussen), which Silver Medallion will earn if he goes on to win the Santa Anita Derby on April 9 and the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 21.  The “Preakness 5.5” was created by MI Developments Inc., which owns Golden Gate Fields, Santa Anita and Pimlico.

Silver Medallion Gives Baze Another Victory In El Camino Real Derby

     Jockey Russell Baze owns the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby.

     Baze won Northern California’s Triple Crown prep race for the third straight year when he guided Silver Medallion to a 1 1/4-length victory over Jakesam in the $200,000 race for 3-year-olds Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.  Positive Response finished third.

     Baze has won the El Camino Real Derby six of the past seven years and eight times in the 30-year history of the race.