Friday, April 10, 2009


VETERANS GONZALEZ, BAZE MAKE IT BACK-TO-BACK DOUBLES AT GGF


ALBANY -- Jockeys Roberto Gonzalez and Russell Baze, both winners of two races Thursday at Golden Gate Fields, duplicated the trick Friday at the East Bay racetrack.

Gonzalez recorded his riding double with Izzacopy ($13.60), who won Friday's first race, and Acekingqueenjacten ($3.60), who captured the fifth event.


Baze scored his victories with Any Wager ($3.20), who triumphed in the third race, and Betterthanfiction ($3.40), who took the sixth.

Gonzalez, 54, and Baze, 50, are the two elder statesmen of the Northern California jockey colony. Baze tops the Golden Gate Fields rider standings with 117 wins and Gonzalez is fifth with 39 victories.

Gonzalez and Baze were two of four jockeys to record riding doubles Friday as Frank Alvarado and Omar Figueroa also won a pair of races.

Alvarado, the second-leading rider at the meeting with 72 victories, swept the seventh and eighth races with Miami House ($5.20) and Stanford Dolly ($4.80).

Figueroa, eighth in the standings with 24 wins, captured the second race with Appealing Resume ($2.80) and the fourth with Tempest Bay ($7.80).

William E. Morey had a training double Friday was he saddled both Any Wager and Stanford Dolly.

Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Saturday. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and the track will simulcast two important Kentucky Derby preps - the $1 million Arkansas Derby from Oaklawn Park and the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes from Keeneland.


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