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Birth Date: August 07, 1958
Birth Place: Vancouver, British Columbia
Inducted into Thoroughbred Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1999.
Inducted into Canada’s Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2012.
The world’s winningest jockey, Baze had 12,315 career victories through July 22, 2014. His rival for world supremacy in victories, Brazilian jockey Jorge Ricardo, had 12,230 wins through July 20, 2014.
Ranks 16th all the all-time earnings list for jockeys. Through July 22, 2014, his mounts had earned $190,874,943 in purses.
Overtook the great Laffit Pincay, Jr. as the winningest jockey in North American thoroughbred racing history when he recorded career victory No. 9,531 aboard Butterfly Belle in the fourth race at Bay Meadows on Dec. 1, 2006. Pincay was forced into retirement by injuries in 2003 with 9,530 wins.
Recorded his 12,000th career victory on July 7, 2013, at Pleasanton when he won the 11th and final race of the 2013 Alameda County Fair meeting aboard Handful of Pearls ($3.80), a mount he picked up from jockey Dennis Carr, who took off the final race due to heatstroke.
Notched his 11,000th career win on Aug. 14, 2010 at Santa Rosa when he won the fourth race aboard Separate Forest.
Became the first jockey in North America to win 10,000 races when he recorded the landmark victory aboard Two Step Cat in the third race at Golden Gate Fields on
Feb. 1, 2008.
Posted career win No. 9,000 on June 2, 2005, at Golden Gate Fields when he took the eighth race aboard favored Queen of the Hunt ($2.80).
Passed the legendary Bill Shoemaker and moved into second place on the all-time win list for jockeys when he notched his 8,834th career win aboard Hollow Memories in the seventh race at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 22, 2005.
Has won 48 riding championships at Golden Gate Fields. Also won 40 riding titles at Bay Meadows, which closed in 2008.
Has led the nation in victories 12 times – in 2012 (with 374 wins), 2009 (415), 2008 (403), 2007 (399), 2005 (375), 2002 (431), 2000 (412), 1996 (415), 1995 (448), 1994 (415), 1993 (408), and 1992 (435).
Honored with a special Eclipse Award in 1995 for being the first jockey ever to win 400 or more races in a year for four consecutive years.
Has won 400 races in a year 13 times. No other jockey has won 400 races in a year more than three times.
Winner of the 2002 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, a prestigious honor awarded to him by his fellow riders. The Woolf Award honors riders whose careers and personal character reflect positively on themselves and the sport of Thoroughbred racing.
Set a Northern California record for most victories on a single card when he won with seven of his nine mounts at Golden Gate Fields on April 16, 1992.
Tied the U.S. record for consecutive wins by a jockey when he won nine straight races over two days (Aug. 17-18, 2006) during the San Mateo County Fair meeting at Bay Meadows. He won with his final two mounts on Aug. 17 and then went 7-for-7 on
Went 6-for-7 at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 31, 2014.
Won six of the 10 stakes presented at the 2013-2014 winter/spring meeting, including the California Derby with Exit Stage Left, the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby with Tamarando, and the Grade 3 All American Stakes with Summer Hit.
Swept the first two stakes held at Golden Gate Fields this year, taking the California Derby with Exit Stage Left and the California Oaks with Be Proud.
Captured 10 of the 19 stakes races contested at Golden Gate Fields in 2013, including the Grade 3 Berkeley Handicap and Grade 3 All American Stakes with Summer Hit.
Won five $100,000 stakes at Golden Gate Fields in 2013 – the California Derby with Zeewat, All American with Summer Hit, Campanile Stakes with Unusual Way, Silky Sullivan with Surfcup, and Berkeley Handicap with Summer Hit.
His list of 2012 stakes victories at Golden Gate Fields included wins in the following races: $100,260 California Oaks with Lady of Fifty, $100,000 Campanile Stakes with Best Present Ever, $100,000 Silky Sullivan Stakes with Summer Hit, and the $100,000 Pike Place Dancer with Miss Empire.
Has won many major stakes, including the following Grade 1 events: Ancient Title Handicap (with Smiling Tiger in 2010), King’s Bishop (Lost in the Fog-2005), Santa Monica Handicap (Devils Orchid-1991), and Oak Tree Invitational (twice, Hawkster-1989, Both Ends Burning-1984).
Captured Grade 2 stakes with the following runners: Always A Cinch (1981 California Derby), Bold Chieftain (2010 San Francisco Mile), Capichi (1985 Palamar Handicap), Devil’s Orchid (1991 Distaff Handicap and 1991 Bed o’ Roses Handicap), Event of the Year (1998 Jim Beam), Honor Medal ( 1987 New Orleans Handicap), Invited Guest (1990 San Gorgonio Handicap), It’sallgreektome (1991 Elkhorn Stakes), Lite Light (1990 Oak Leaf Stakes), Lost in the Fog (2005 Carry Back and 2005 Swale), Notorious Pleasure (1992 John Henry Handicap), Raippillan (1986 Del Mar Invitational), Raise a Stanza (1990 San Carlos Handicap), Rue de Palm (1989 Del Mar Debutante), Silver Circus (1988 Del Mar Derby), Simply Majestic (1988 Longacres Mile), Super Moment (1982 Bay Meadows Handicap), Survive (1991-A Gleam Handicap), and Trickey Trevor (2006 Churchill Downs Handicap).
Has won the Golden Gate Handicap twice (Deploy Venture-2000 and Regal Bearing-1982), the Bay Meadows Handicap five times (Bold Chieftain-2008, Adreamisborn-2005, Super Quercus-2001, Caesour-1995, Super Moment-1982), El Camino Real Derby eight times (Silver Medallion-2011, Connemara-2010, Chocolate Candy-2009, Bwana Bull-2007, Cause to Believe-2006, Uncle Denny-2005, Event of the Year-1998, French Legionaire-1984), the California Derby six times (Zeewat-2013, Chocolate Candy-2009, Bwana Bull-2007, Cause to Believe-2006, Trieste’s Honor-2004, Always A Cinch-1981), the Bay Meadows Derby twice (Congressionalhonor-2004 and Royal Gem-2002), the Longacres Mile three times (Adreamisborn-2004, Sky Jack-2003, and Simply Majestic-1988), and the California Cup Classic twice (Bold Chieftain-2007 and 2009).
Is the son of Joe Baze, who won riding championships at Bay Meadows, Golden Gate Fields and Longacres.
Rode his first winner on Oct. 28, 1974, at Yakima Meadows, Wa., aboard Oregon Warrior, who was trained by his father, Joe.
He and his wife, Tami, have three daughters, Trinity, Brandi, and Cassie, and one son, Gable.
RUSSELL BAZE’S MILESTONE VICTORIES
Following is a list of Baze’s milestone victories from No. 3,000 to No. 12,000.
Victory Number Date Track Winning mount
12,000 July 7, 2013 Pleasanton Handful of Pearls
11,000 Aug. 14, 2010 Santa Rosa Separate Forest
10,000 Feb. 1, 2008 Golden Gate Fields Two Step Cat
9,000 June 2, 2005 Golden Gate Fields Queen of the Hunt
8,000 Oct. 26, 2002 Bay Meadows Ourwhistlebritches
7,000 July 4, 2000 Pleasanton This Is The Moment
6,000 Dec. 3, 1997 Golden Gate Fields Clover Hunter
5,000 July 29, 1995 Santa Rosa Cyrus Says
4,000 March 3, 1993 Golden Gate Fields Frank Musso
3,000 Dec. 9, 1988 Hollywood Park Hagley’s Lyon