11/15/2014 9:07PM

Baze injured in minor accident, plans to ride Sunday


Leading jockey Russell Baze, who had three wins and a third from his first four mounts, was injured prior to Saturday’s sixth race at Golden Gate Fields when Private Joke tossed his head back and struck Baze above his left eye.

Baze had to take off his remaining mounts after receiving stitches for the laceration but said he planned to ride Sunday.

Baze’s misfortune turned into an exhilarating 10 minutes for Kyle Frey, who picked up the mount on Private Joke and guided him to a wire-to-wire victory in the maiden turf race.

Frey then proposed to his girlfriend, Taylor Brazil, in the winner’s circle and was rewarded with a “yes.”

Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
In about 1986 I was at Bay Meadows and Russell Baze went down coming out of the gate and broke his clavicle. I was already a huge fan of his and would often ditch a college class and make my way to BM. Two days after Russell breaking his clavicle I was driving south on El Camino Real Blvd on my way to the horse track and I see Russell Baze jogging north in a sweat suit and arm in a sling. I knew that day he was absolutely the real deal. One of the toughest best riders of all time. When he does retire, I'll applaud with a tear in my eye.
Ed Gredvig More than 1 year ago
Congrats Kyle & Taylor. Outstanding young man and upcoming rider. Don't believe me? Checkout his last 3 rides on Polytechnicien.