08/18/2006 11:00PM

Baze wins nine races in a row


Russell Baze missed setting an American record for consecutive victories Saturday, when his mount, the odds-on Multiple, finished fourth behind stablemate Triola in the second race at the Bay Meadows Fair.

Baze was looking for his 10th straight victory after winning with his final two mounts Thursday and all seven of his mounts Friday.

His nine straight wins tied the U.S. record for consecutive victories set by Albert Adams at Marlboro, Md., in 1930 and tied by Tony Black at Atlantic City in 1992, according to Bay Meadows publicist Tom Ferrall.

The North American record for consecutive victories is 14 by Tim Moccasin, who won 14 straight at Marquis Downs in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, in 2001.

Baze's 7-for-7 performance Friday was his first perfect day with multiple mounts. He had won on 7 of 9 mounts at Golden Gate Fields on April 16, 1992.

"They made me work pretty hard for a couple of those," Baze said after Friday's final race. "It looked in the Form like I had a legitimate shot to win three races, but a couple jumped up and ran even better than they looked on paper."

During Baze's perfect day, One of a Kind was bumped off stride at the top of the stretch but rallied to catch odds-on The Cat's Joanna to win the fourth race by a head. In the eighth, Baze steadied Underhill sharply and lost momentum on the turn as House Music drifted out. He caught pacesetting Casual Whim in the lane and held off favored Premium Event to win by a half-length.