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Russell Baze

Russell Baze
Occupation Jockey
Birthplace Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Birth date 7, 1958 (1958-08-07) (age 58)
Career wins 10,927 (as of 6-4-10)
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins
Silky Sullivan Handicap (1981, 1988)
California Derby (1981)
Golden Gate Fields Handicap (1982, 2000)
Bay Meadows Handicap (1982, 1995, 2005)
Oak Tree Invitational Stakes (1984,1989)
El Camino Real Derby
(1984, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2007)
Del Mar Debutante Stakes (1986)
Longacres Mile Handicap (1988, 2003, 2004)
San Carlos Handicap (1990)
San Gorgonio Handicap (1990)
Oak Leaf Stakes (1990)
Bed O' Roses Breeders' Cup Handicap (1991)
Oklahoma Derby (1996)
Jim Beam Stakes (1998)
Lane's End Stakes (1998)
Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint (2002)
Bay Shore Stakes (2005)
King's Bishop Stakes (2005)
Sunshine Millions Dash (2005)
Churchill Downs Handicap (2006)
Aristides Breeders' Cup Stakes (2006)
Azalea Breeders' Cup Stakes (2008)
California Oaks (2009)
Lost in the Fog Stakes (2009)
Sunshine Millions Classic (2010)
San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile 2010
Racing awards
George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award (2002)
Isaac Murphy Award (1995-2003, 2005-2007)
Eclipse Special Award (1995)
United States Champion Jockey by wins
(1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000,
2002, 2005, 2007, 2008)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1999)
Significant horses
Lost in the Fog

Russell A. Baze (born August 7, 1958 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) is a successful horse racing jockey. He holds the record for the most race wins in North American horse racing history, and is a member of the United States Racing Hall of Fame.[1]

Born to an American family, Baze's father, Joe Baze, is a former jockey and trainer who was competing at Exhibition Park in Vancouver at the time of his birth giving him dual Canadian/American citizenship.

Baze began his racing career in Walla Walla, Washington in 1974 and won his first race that fall at the Yakima racetrack. By the early 1980s he was making a name for himself, winning racing titles at northern California racetracks including a victory in the 1981 California Derby. Baze went on to lead United States thoroughbred horse racing in victories ten times. He has won 36 riding titles at Bay Meadows racetrack in San Mateo, California and 27 titles at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, California.

After winning 400 or more races in a year for four consecutive years, Baze got his big break by being honored with a special Eclipse Award in 1995. Since then he has won 400 or more races in a year seven additional times; no other jockey has accomplished that feat more than three times.

In 1999, Baze was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and in 2002, he was voted the recipient of the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award by his peers. Since the inauguration of the Isaac Murphy Award in 1995, presented annually by the National Turf Writers Association to the jockey with the highest winning percentage in North America, Baze has won it 13 of 14 years, coming in second in 2004. [1]

Baze holds the Santa Anita Park track record for 1 1/2 miles on turf set on October 14, 1989, aboard the 3-year-old colt, Hawkster.

In the fourth race at Bay Meadows on December 1, 2006, Baze gained a lot more fame by setting the world's all-time record for most career victories, passing jockey Laffit Pincay Jr., by winning race 9,531 aboard Butterfly Belle, owned by Jim Pitzer Sr. of Washington

After briefly losing the all time lead for career wins to South American jockey Jorge Ricardo (who was diagnosed with cancer) Baze reclaimed the title on May 16, 2009 [2] and continues to hold the record for the most wins by any jockey.

Among other noteworthy accomplishments, during the two days of October 17 and 18, 2007, Baze won eleven races. [3]

Although he'd won every other stakes race at Golden Gate Fields, Russell had never won the track's most prestigious race: the San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile. That changed on April 24, 2010 when he took the race on Bold Chieftan from the pacesetter, Monterey Jazz.

Ten thousand wins

On February 1, 2008, at Golden Gate Fields, Baze rode Two Step Cat to a photo finish victory in the third race to become the first North American rider to win 10,000 races.

Baze and his wife Tami have three daughters, Trinity, Brandi and Cassie, and one son, Gable. Trinity is married to jockey Kyle Kaenel.



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