06/14/2010 12:00AM

Road Ready will now await Del Mar


When Road Ready dumped jockey Russell Baze in the post parade before Saturday's $50,000 Lost in the Fog Stakes at Golden Gate Fields, trainer Jeff Bonde wasn't as concerned as might be expected.

"Some do that," he said of the talented 2-year-old. "Smoking Tiger did the same thing the year before.

"What happened is someone came up behind him and startled him. That's the first time I saw him do anything wrong."

Road Ready settled down when he reached the backstretch and won the five-furlong stakes for 2-year-olds in his debut, defeating King Cola by three-quarters of a length in 59.48 seconds.

He broke a step slow but had Baze gushing after the race. Baze said that Road Ready settled and followed Ammunition, the colt Baze took off to ride Road Ready.

"I like it when they run like that first time out," Baze said. "He settled behind a horse, got dirt in his face, and handled it all. It's nice to be right about one. I've been working him at Pleasanton, and he's always impressed me. He's a nice colt."

Bonde liked Road Ready after he worked three furlongs at the Barretts March Sale in 33.20 seconds. It wasn't the time as much as the way the colt moved with a "totally efficient stride."

Owner Jim Vreeland told Bonde going in that he wanted to buy the best colt at the sale and made a preemptive $300,000 bid to purchase the son of More Than Ready. Vreeland allowed consigner Murray Smith to have a one-third share in the colt, and Bonde also has a one-third share.

Bonde said the game plan is for Road Ready to make his next start in the Aug. 8 Grade 2 Best Pal at 6 furlongs at Del Mar and then in the seven-furlong Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 8.

Road Ready will not run in the Hollywood Juvenile next month said Bonde, who doesn't want to overrace the young colt.

Bonde, who has developed a number of top 2-year-olds, says Road Ready ranks with any of his previous stars.

"I've paid more, and I've paid less,' he said. "Just because you spend this much money doesn't guarantee anything."

Another riding title for Baze

Baze won three races Sunday to finish the 105-day meeting with 173 victories for his 37th riding title at the track. Michael Martinez finished second with 107 wins and Frank Alvarado third with 98 victories. Hector Romero also closed out the meet with a riding triple.

Jerry Hollendorfer won his 36th training title, saddling 96 winners. Steve Sherman was second with 84 and Billy Morey third with 64.

Morey had three wins Sunday, including Sir Al, who ran the fastest turf mile of the meet, 1:34.68. Bold Chieftain's winning time in the Grade 2 San Francisco Mile was the previous best at 1:35.21.

Morey's father, Bill Morey Jr. had two wins on closing day. The Moreys won races 3 through 5 and 8 and 9.