Monday, March 26, 2012


ALBANY -- Leading jockey Russell Baze posted back-to-back-to-back-to-back victories at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

Baze, a 53-year-old Hall of Famer, looked like a young, hungry rider as he powered his mounts in the fifth and sixth races to hard-fought victories and then enjoyed relatively easy wins in the seventh and eighth races.

Baze captured the six-furlong fifth race with Tribal Delight ($5.00), who turned back a strong challenge from Sing and Tell to prevail by a half-length. In the 5 1/2-furlong sixth race, Baze scored with Emona ($5.40), who defeated King of Naughty by a head after a furlong-long stretch battle.

Baze had time to look at the scenery during the stretch run of the seventh race as Spiced Latte ($3.00) carried him to a seven-length victory in the one-mile race. Baze completed his four-bagger by rallying Hard Spun Secrets ($3.20) from off the pace for a 2 1/2-length victory in the 5 1/2-furlong eighth race.

Baze teamed with leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer for the wins with Emona and Hard Spun Secrets. Hollendorfer had a training triple Sunday as he also won the first race with Kid Stuff ($3.40).

Baze tops the jockey standings with 100 wins through 53 days of racing at the 2011-2012 winter/spring meeting. Hollendorfer sits atop the trainer standings with 55 wins.

Baze and Hollendorfer will hook up again when racing resumes Thursday at Golden Gate Fields. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and the duo will try to win the first race with Light Up The Sky, the 8-to-5 morning line favorite.

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