11/27/2006 12:00AM

Record within Baze's reach


SAN MATEO, Calif. - If morning-line maker Richard Somers is correct, Russell Baze should surpass Laffit Pincay Jr.'s all-time record of 9,530 victories at Bay Meadows on Wednesday.

Among his six mounts, Baze is listed on three morning-line favorites, two second choices, and one third choice.

After winning nine races last week, including two on Sunday, Baze has 9,528 victories and is just two away from tying Pincay's record and three from breaking it.

Neither of Baze's two winners on Sunday was favored, although Playing'r Song ($5), winner of the first race, had just beaten Brandi's Game, who nonetheless went off the favorite. Candi's Double ($7.40), Baze's winner in the second race, was bet down, although All Glitter - who seemed to have everything in his favor until he broke poorly, causing his jock to lose an iron - was a legitimate favorite.

Baze is being bet more heavily than usual in his run up to Pincay's record. While going 9 for 28 with 6 seconds and 5 thirds, Baze rode 19 favorites. He was 7 for 19 aboard favorites, with 5 seconds and 4 thirds. He failed to pick up a check only three times from his 28 mounts.

On Wednesday's card, Baze rides 9-5 favorite Where's My Halo, the lone 3-year-old in a five-horse allowance field at one mile.

He also rides 9-5 favorite Lugano in a sprint for seven 2-year-olds running 5 1/2 furlongs. Lugano appears to be Baze's most likely winner.

Sylvan Hill is the 7-5 pick in a one-mile, $12,500 maiden claimer against six rivals. Although he's dropping for his northern California debut and had the best Beyers this past summer at Del Mar, Sylvan Hill is 0 for 14 in his career and likely will be favored only because Baze is in the saddle.

Maiden claimers Silverado and Au Natural are both 3-1 second choices, probably because Baze is aboard. Silverado drew the outside post against six rivals in a $12,500, 2-year-old maiden claimer at 5 1/2 furlongs. Au Natural also has six rivals, while breaking from the No. 3 post in a $32,000, 2-year-old maiden claimer at six furlongs.

Smokin Forest is the third choice at 7-2 in a five-furlong turf sprint for a $25,000 claiming tag. He probably will go off as the third or even possibly fourth choice unless this is the race where Baze can tie Pincay.