04/22/2006 11:00PM

Leading rider Garcia heading south


ALBANY, Calif. - Apprentice jockey Martin Garcia, the leading rider at Golden Gate Fields, confirmed Sunday that he will move south to compete at Hollywood Park when the Golden Gate Fields meeting ends on May 7.

Garcia, who tied Northern California's perennial leader Russell Baze for the Bay Meadows riding title, held a 99-83 lead over Baze going into Sunday's races. If he defeats Baze, it would be the first time in more than 25 years Baze has lost a riding title in Northern California when he was healthy for the entire meeting.

Garcia said he would ride at Hollywood Park on Sunday for the special Cal-bred Gold Rush Day.