05/28/2001 11:00PM

Baze on top after 5-win day


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Russell Baze won five races Monday and regained the lead over Jason Lumpkins in the Bay Meadows jockey standings, 62-60.

Lumpkins, who had the lead going into Friday night's races, won two on Monday, including the $150,000 All American Handicap aboard Euchre.

Baze won the second race aboard John U to Berry ($9), the third on Work the Room ($4), the fourth on Numerous Prospects ($7.40), the fifth on Why Indeed ($5.80), and the seventh on Cahill Kid ($3.40). Lumpkins won the sixth on Westlake Drive ($4.60) in addition to the feature on Euchre ($7).

Going into Wednesday's races, there were 15 days left in the Bay Meadows spring meeting. Baze has won every Bay Meadows and Golden Gate meeting at which he has participated since 1981. He rode in Southern California from 1989 to 1991.

Strong hand

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer appears to hold the aces in Thursday's feature at Bay Meadows, as he will send out two solid contenders in the $34,000 allowance race for fillies and mares. Only seven entered the six-furlong race, and the Hollendorfer entry of Wacky Jacky and My First Lady should be a solid favorite.

Most of the attention will be focused upon Wacky Jacky, who has won her last two, the last at this second allowance level on May 10. She is no longer eligible under the allowance conditions, and is in for the optional claiming price of $40,000.

She won that last race by only three-quarters of a length, and the second- and third-place finishers from are both back in Thursday, as is J Vivendi, who finished only a half-length behind Wacky Jacky on April 29.

The main appeal of Wacky Jacky is that she is fairly fresh, and has improved her Beyer Speed Figure in each start since returning from a 7 1/2-month layoff on Feb. 22. She probably has as much or more chance of improving as any of those who were close to her in her last two wins.

If Wacky Jacky does falter, My First Lady has a chance to save the entry, as she was beaten only 2 1/4 lengths when she ran fourth to her stablemate on May 10.

There is plenty of competition, however. Midnight Mango, Isit Class, and J Vivendi all must be given reasonable chance of turning the tables on Wacky Jacky.

Midnight Mango has been trying to get past this second allowance condition for some time, and missed by only three-quarters of a length in the May 10 race.