Monday, June 18, 2012


ALBANY -- Jockey Russell Baze and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, the leading men at Golden Gate Fields, teamed up for a victory on closing day of the track’s 2011-2012 winter/spring season. The Sunday finale attracted a crowd of 8,189.

Baze and Hollendorfer captured the third race with Light Up the Sky, who rallied from off the pace to win the 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares by a half-length over 3-2 favorite Ruby Pumps. Light Up the Sky paid $10.20 – a handsome price for a horse with Hall of Fame connections.

Baze, who came right back to take the fourth race with Cardiffbythesea ($4.00), won 191 races during the 101-day season to easily claim his 42nd career riding title at Golden Gate Fields. Aaron Gryder finished second in the jockey standings with 109 victories and he was followed by Frank Alvarado (94), Juan Hernandez (81), and Abel Cedillo (49).

Hollendorfer sent out 101 winners to earn his 40th career training championship at Golden Gate Fields. Hollendorfer was followed by Steve Sherman (55), William E. Morey (53), John F. Martin (43), and Steve Miyadi (43).

Horse racing in Northern California now moves to the summer fair circuit, with the first stop being the Alameda County Fair meeting in Pleasanton. Racing begins Thursday at 1:15 p.m.

Live racing will return to Golden Gate Fields on Friday, Aug. 17, when the track opens its summer meeting. In the meantime, Golden Gate Fields will be open Wednesday through Sunday for simulcast wagering on action from the fairs and top tracks across the country.

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