Baze Blanked in Three Mounts Friday

Jockey Russell Baze failed to add to his victory total with three mounts at Bay Meadows Nov. 24 and remains six behind in his pursuit of Laffit Pincay Jr.'s all-time record of 9,530 victories.

All three of Baze's rides were favorites. Baze finished second aboard 3-5 choice Putmeinyourwill in the second race, three-quarters of a length behind the winning Dead Solid Perfect in a one-mile turf event for $32,000 maiden claiming horses.

In the fourth race, Shining Day, at 5-2, ran on late to get third in a one-mile turf allowance.

The seventh race, the John Henry Handicap also at one mile on a turf course listed as good, went to Railroad. Baze's mount, the 6-5 Wild Buddy, set the pace but faded in the stretch to finish off the board.

"He was nice and relaxed on the lead and I was expecting him to run big," said Baze. "When (Railroad) came up to him, he leaned forward and tried to go with him but just couldn't do it. He was trying, but he couldn't keep up. I have to think he just didn't care for the soft turf."

The 48-year-old Baze is scheduled for seven mounts Saturday, six on Sunday, and six more on Wednesday, all at Bay Meadows.

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