08/20/2006 11:00PM

Baze's Midas touch quickly vanishes


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Although Russell Baze came into the weekend in perfect form, things didn't quite end that way for him

Baze could do nothing wrong Friday at the Bay Meadows Fair, winning the first five races of the day and then the final two as he went 7 for 7. Coupled with victories with his final two mounts Thursday, it gave him nine straight victories, tying the U.S. record for consecutive wins with Albert Adams, who accomplished the feat in 1930, and Tony Black, who won nine straight in 1992.

The seven wins tied his northern California record for victories in a single day. He won seven with nine mounts at Golden Gate Fields on April 16, 1992.

Although One of a Kind's $7.40 return was the biggest of the day, Baze only rode three favorites on what he called the first perfect day of his career.

On Saturday, he finished fourth on odds-on Multiple in the first Thoroughbred race of the day after the filly hopped and took up at the start and twice had to check during the race. Her fourth-place finish led to huge show payoffs for winning stablemate Triola (5-1), $27; Fantastic Career (10-1), $26.80; and Radiant Heat (10-1), $30.80.

Baze went winless and was dumped by the erratic Collinsville Times in his final ride of the day. After precautionary X-rays, Baze went to Emerald Downs, where he finished third with Southern Africa in the Longacres Mile. He also had a second-place finish from three mounts there.

While Baze was in Washington, apprentice Luis Martinez scored three victories at the Bay Meadows Fair to edge in front of Baze in the jockey standings, 15-14.

Boyce wins title and Marathon

Jockey Robert Boyce capped his first Humboldt County Fair jockey championship when he scored his third victory in five years in the C.J. Hindley-Humboldt County Marathon on Sunday aboard favored Derby Rider ($5.40).

Horses cross the finish line four times in the unusual 1 5/8-mile race.

Penky Wells took the early lead with Derby Rider content to sit back in the pack. Quaqmire, the 9-5 second choice, sat second before taking the lead as the final lap began.

Derby Rider made a powerful move heading into the final turn, pulling away from the field to win by 11 lengths in 2:49.38. Marcola finished second, with Quagmire dropping back to fourth.

The victory was the third on the closing card for Boyce.

Boyce won the 2002 Marathon with Roger Roger. In 2003, he was aboard Smokeville for Derby Rider's connections - Cindy Olsen, Jack Retzloff, and Roy DeMarta.

"This Marathon victory and winning the jockey title have to be two of the biggest thrills of my riding career," Boyce said in the winner's circle.

"We're absolutely thrilled," said Olsen, who was so caught up in the excitement of the race that she thought Boyce had moved too soon.

"I thought he had one more [lap] to go when he made his move," she said.

Only in Ferndale

What should a double pay with a 9-2 shot winning the first half and a 6-1 shot the second? Roughly $85. Except at Ferndale.

On Sunday's closing day, Miss High Brow ($11) won the seventh race as the third choice in the field of seven. Monika's Courage ($15.60) won the eighth as the third choice in a field of seven betting interests.

No one had the 5-4 double, so a 5-all paid $7.80, while an all-4 paid $6.20. There was only $462 in the pool. Had one person purchased a winning ticket, the payoff would have been more than $350.

Closing day at Bay Meadows

Wednesday marks the end of the Bay Meadows Fair with Golden Gate Fields beginning its fall meet Friday. The northern California fair circuit will conclude in Fresno, which hosts a two-week meet in early October.

The feature race at Bay Meadows on Wednesday is a $25,000 optional claimer at five furlongs on the turf. Vaderator, second and first in his two career starts, tackles some proven winners as he makes his turf debut. Rush Country, Athlete, and Sloat Blvd. have all won sprinting on the turf.

Two mule races are also carded, including the 350-yard Straight From the Gate for 3-year-olds. The race features Out of My League, who has won five straight since finishing second in his first two starts. The clone Idaho Gem, second three straight times to Out of My League, is also entered.

Two jockeys suspended

Tony Noguez and apprentice Rodrigo Matias begin serving suspensions Wednesday.

Noguez was give three days "for failure to make a proper effort to maintain a true course around the far turn" aboard Prideov Fappiano in the third race at Bay Meadows on Aug. 13, resulting in the disqualification of his mount from second to third.

Matias was given five days for a similar infraction aboard Kona Run in the ninth race Aug. 13.