While football Hall of Famers took center stage Saturday in Canton, Ohio, the Northern California members of horse racing's Hall of Fame put their skills on display at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
A few hours after the 2013 football HOF class was enshrined, jockey Russell Baze and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer teamed up to win the $57,600 Robert Dupret Derby at the fair with Outside Nashville.
As far as wins go, this one wasn't run-of-the-mill. Baze was nearly unseated just after the start when he was sandwiched between the horses on either side of him. The 54-year-old managed to stay aboard, but the incident caused Outside Nashville to drop to the back of the pack. Coming out of sprint races, the colt was expected to be close to the lead early.
Relying on his experience, Baze changed strategy and didn't rush his mount after the early trouble.
The duo remained unhurried until the final turn of the mile-and-one-sixteenth race, and then began passing horses.
By mid-stretch they were in front, and they pulled away for a 4?-length victory.
As for Hollendorfer, he made two new adjustments for this race. He equipped Outside Nashville with blinkers and sent him a distance of ground (a race around two turns) for the first time in his nine-race career.
Outside Nashville paid $6.60 to win as the second choice in the wagering. Heat Streaker was second and favored Miceli settled for third.
Hollendorfer enjoyed a stakes double Saturday. Shortly after winning at the fair, his Lady of Fifty was a long-shot winner of the $300,000 Clement Hirsch at Del Mar.