Russell Baze had to wait through dark days Monday and Tuesday, and now he will have to wait at least one more day in his quest to become racing's all-time winningest rider.He did, however, pick up a winner on the Nov. 29 card but had to wait until the last of his six mounts to do so. Baze and Sylvan Hill edged out Blasting Zone in a photo finish in the last race of the day to get winner number 9,529, just one behind Laffit Pincay Jr., who retired in 2003.Pincay was present at Bay Meadows, as were Baze's parents, along with his wife and four children.Baze will return with six more chances Nov. 30."I would not have lost any sleep if I hadn't won one today," Baze said on a TVG interview after winning aboard Sylvan Hill. Baze said he was looking forward to Nov. 30. "My agent has me on some live horses tomorrow," he said.In his other five mounts on the day, the closest Baze came was in the third race, when he finished second aboard Smokin Forest, though he was no threat to the winner, Britt's Jules.Baze finished fourth in his first mount of the day on Where's My Halo in the second race. His mounts in the fourth and fifth races, Silveradoro and Au Natural, both finished last.Things then actually got worse for Baze, when his mount in the seventh race (he did not have mounts in the day's first and sixth races) Lugano, broke through the gate prior to the start and was scratched.
An apologetic Russell Baze was suspended for 15 days by Bay Meadows stewards and fined $2,500 Aug. 26 for misusing his whip as the result of a complaint arising from an incident at the Bay Area track last week.