12/01/2003 1:00AM

Baze out four to six weeks


Jockey Russell Baze, second in the nation with 410 victories, broke his collarbone Sunday when his mount, Snoopy Cat, stumbled leaving the gate in the third race at Golden Gate Fields, causing Baze to fall.

Another horse, After the Run, struck Baze after he fell. Baze also was bruised on his chest and complained of pain between his shoulder blades. He was taken to Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley for X-rays as well as an EKG and ultrasound for his chest.

Baze, fourth on the all-time list for career victories with 8,484, is expected to be sidelined four to six week.