Friday, March 16, 2012
BAZE’S STREAK OF CONSECUTIVE WINNERS REACHES SIX BEFORE RUNNER-UP FINISH
ALBANY -- Jockey Russell Baze rode six consecutive winners at Golden Gate Fields before having his streak snapped when he finished second in the sixth race Friday.
Baze scored with his final three mounts Thursday – Apply ($8.20) in the fifth race, Excelling ($4.00) in the sixth, and Vulcan ($26.20) in the seventh.
Baze’s mount in the sixth race was Dimyana, who led to the far turn but couldn’t match strides with 6-to-5 favorite Bellamine down the stretch. Bellamine ($4.60) defeated Dimyana by four lengths.
Baze sat out the seventh race before starting a new winning streak in the eighth, which he took aboard Planet Sunshine ($3.00). It was the second consecutive four-win afternoon for the Hall of Famer.
Golden Gate Fields will present a nine-race program Saturday and also give some lucky fans the chance to win $100,000 in its St. Patrick’s Day Horseshoe Pitch. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and patrons will receive an entry card upon entering the track.
Fans must deposit their entry cards into one of the green contest bins by 2:30 p.m., and a raffle will determine the 10 contestants for the horseshoe pitch as well as the order in which they will toss.
The first five qualifiers will make their tosses following the fifth race and will be limited to one throw each. The first person to make a ringer gets the $100,000 jackpot. If none of the first five qualifiers throw a ringer, then the second group of five will make their tosses following the sixth race.
In the event a ringer eludes all 10 contestants, the person with the horseshoe closest to the stake will win a turf club package for four to Golden Gate Fields.
The St. Patrick’s Day program begins with an obvious hunch play – Oh Molly Brannigan, who will break from post position one in race one. Later in the card, Irish-bred Sheekey will compete in the sixth race.
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