Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze will be off his mounts this weekend after taking a hard fall in the seventh race at Bay Meadows Friday night.
Baze, 47, sustained bruises to his left shoulder and left hip when his mount, Trolley Belle, fell at the top of the stretch. Baze was taken to Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto for pre-cautionary X-rays, which were negative. Track spokesman Tom Ferrall said Baze could return to action for Monday's Columbus Day racing program.
"The injuries were significant but not severe," said Dr. David Seftel, track physician at Bay Meadows.
Baze is the regular rider of undefeated Lost in the Fog, the Bay Area-based colt who is the favorite for the $1 million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), which will be run Oct. 29 at Belmont Park in New York.
"Give me some good news Doc, I've only got three weeks," said Baze while being examined in the Bay Meadows medical clinic.
Baze is the second winningest jockey in Thoroughbred racing history with 9,108 career victories. He leads the nation in wins this year with 303.