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Baze and Pedroza neck and neck

By Brad Free
September 23, 2002
Daily Racing Form

Jockeys Tyler Baze and Martin Pedroza are turning the race for leading jockey into a match race. Baze rode five winners on Saturday, and Pedroza came back with three on Sunday. The jockeys entered the final week of racing at the Los Angeles County Fair having ridden 16 winners each, seven more than Matt Garcia.

Pedroza is the all-time leading rider at the Fair with 338 wins (through Sunday), and has led the meet the last three years. "A race like this motivates me more," Pedroza said. "It's better for racing, better for the fans, better for everybody. There's still a week to go."

A resurgent Baze has never led Fairplex, and won't start thinking about it yet. "If I get it, I get it, but if it think about it like I did last year, it messed me up. I'm just going out there and doing my job." The five-win Saturday by Baze was the highest number of wins in one day by a Fairplex jockey since David Flores won six on two occasions in 1992.

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