Friday, September 14, 2012


ALBANY -- Golden Gate Fields will wrap up its summer meeting with racing programs Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Post time is 1:15 p.m. each day and Russell Baze and Julien Couton head into the final three days tied atop the jockey standings with 21 wins apiece.

Baze, who has won 42 riding titles at Golden Gate Fields during his Hall of Fame career, is scheduled to ride 19 horses during closing weekend. Couton, a native of France who came to Northern California in 2009, is scheduled to ride 18 horses and is seeking his first riding championshi

Baze has five mounts on Friday’s card, including Format V., the 2-1 morning-line favorite in race six. Couton has six mounts, including Curly Girly, the strong 6-5 morning line choice in race four.

Baze and Couton both have seven mounts Saturday. Baze is named on three morning-line favorites – 8-5 Slim Pickins in the fifth race, 5-2 Faster Action in the eighth, and 5-2 Janero in the ninth. Couton rides two horses favored on the morning line – 2-1 Go Papi Go in the first race and 5-2 A Pint For Mary in the sixth.

Baze has seven mounts on Sunday’s card and Couton has five. The morning-line odds for Sunday’s program will be released Friday morning.

Closing-day Sunday will feature $1 specials (general parking, general admission, hot dogs, beers, sodas and programs will cost just a buck apiece), live music by The Cheeseballs between races, and the Horses and Horsepower Car Show. More than 100 cars will be on display, including hot rods and classics.

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