Monday, December 22, 2008


BAZE, HOLLENDORFER CELEBRATE TITLE-WINNING CAMPAIGNS


ALBANY -- Jockey Russell Baze and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer put exclamation points on their title-winning campaigns at Golden Gate Fields by scoring multiple victories Sunday, closing day of the track's 2008 fall meeting.

Baze rode four winners and finished the 67-day season with 107 victories to easily claim his 34th career riding championship at Golden Gate Fields. Frank Alvarado finished second in the jockey standings with 63 wins and Roberto Gonzalez was third with 55.


Hollendorfer, who had won 32 consecutive training titles at Golden Gate Fields before being upset by William E. Morey (25-23) at the 2008 spring meeting, saddled two winners Sunday and finished the fall meeting with 59 victories to reclaim the throne as leading trainer.

Morey finished second in the standings with 46 victories and Steve Miyadi was third with 37 wins.

In the closing-day feature, a six-furlong allowance dash for 3-year-olds and up, Bamaha Breeze suffered his first loss in six career starts when he was outrun down the stretch by multiple stakes-winner Siren Lure.

Siren Lure, a 7-year-old gelding trained by Steve Sherman and ridden by Alvarado, defeated the 3-year-old colt Bamaha Breeze by 1 1/2 lengths while clocking a time of 1:09.18 on the synthetic Tapeta racing surface. Jack Hes Tops finished third.

Siren Lure paid $5.80 as the second choice in the wagering behind Bamaha Breeze (the 8-to-5 favorite) and earned $23,400 for his 14th victory in 34 career starts. Owned by Stuart Kesselman and Tony and Marilyn Melkonian, Sire Lure has $937,244 in career earnings.

WINTER/SPRING MEETING BEGINS FRIDAY -- Golden Gate Fields will take a four-day break for the holidays and then kick off its 2008-2009 winter/spring meeting on Friday. Post time for the nine-race opener is 12:15 p.m. and the 118-day meeting runs through Sunday, June 14.


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