09/03/2004 11:00PM

Baze, off to hot start, wins five


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Russell Baze, who has won 31 straight riding titles at Bay Meadows, took an early lead in the jockeys' race with five winners on opening day Friday.

Baze won with Crisane ($3.80) in the first, Ceez the Minute ($3.80) in the second, Factual Lady ($5.20) in the sixth, Royal Again ($6.60) in the seventh, and Won Ton Toosie ($3.60) in the eighth. He finished third aboard Mare Donna in the fifth with his only other mount.