01/02/2013 5:15PM

Golden Gate: Baze finds himself in unfamiliar spot


Russell Baze, who led the nation’s jockeys with 374 victories in 2012, won the first race of 2013 at Golden Gate aboard Picture Perfect on Tuesday. He wound up with three wins after capturing the sixth race with Cheese Danish and the eighth with Isadaisybelle.

But Baze isn’t the leading rider of 2013 at Golden Gate Fields.

Dennis Carr won four races Tuesday – the third, fourth, fifth, and ninth.

As for Baze, he had the highest winning percentage among the nation’s riders last year, at 33 percent, and he hit the board in 69 percent of his starts.