06/07/2005 11:00PM

Baze breaks collarbone


Jockey Russell Baze was taken to Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, Calif., after a spill in Wednesday's third race at Golden Gate Fields.

Baze, who has ridden 9,010 winners and was scheduled to ride undefeated Lost in the Fog in the Grade 2 Riva Ridge on Saturday at Belmont, suffered a complete fracture of his collarbone near his left shoulder, according to Dr. David Seftel, the track's physician. The injury came when Baze's mount, Cowboy Badgett, broke his left front ankle as he loomed into contention at the quarter pole.

Baze was able to stand after the accident but sat down again when he was overcome by pain.

The normal recuperation time for this type of injury is four to eight weeks, according to Seftel. Baze missed nearly two months after breaking his collarbone on Nov. 30, 2003.

In addition, Baze bruised his forehead and hips Wednesday and was suffering pain in his left ankle, although he had a full range of motion there.

Cowboy Badgett was euthanized.