Russell Baze

Birth Date: August 07, 1958
Birth Place: Vancouver, British Columbia

Residence: Portola Valley, Calif. 
Family: Wife, Tami; daughters, Trinity, Brandi and Cassie; son, Gable
 
Career Highlights:
Inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2012
Currently is the world’s winningest jockey with 12,650 wins through Sept. 13, 2015; his rival for world supremacy, Jorge Ricardo, has 12,532 wins through July 31, 2015, according to Página de Turf
Overtook Laffit Pincay, Jr. as the winningest jockey in North American thoroughbred racing history when he recorded career victory No. 9,531 aboard Butterfly Belle on Dec. 1, 2006 in the fourth race at Bay Meadows
Has won 53 riding championships at Golden Gate Fields; won 40 titles at Bay Meadows before its closure in 2008
Has led North American riders in victories 13 times – in 2014 (324 wins), 2012 (374), 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.
Honored by his fellow riders with the 2002 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award
Nine-time winner of the El Camino Real Derby; the only other jockeys with multiple El Camino wins are Alex Solis (3) and Pat Day (2)
Set a Northern California record for most victories on a single card when he won with seven of his nine mounts at Golden Gate 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 Aug. 18
Went 6-for-7 at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 31, 2014
 
Additional Information: 
Father, Joe Baze, won riding titles at Bay Meadows, Golden Gate Fields, and Longacres
Second cousin Tyler Baze competes in Southern California and won the 2000 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice
Brother Dale Baze, cousins Gary Baze and Michael B. Baze, and second cousin Michael C. Baze also competed as jockeys
 
First Winner:
Oregon Warrior, Oct. 28, 1974, Yakima Meadows
 
Notable Northern California Stakes Wins:
All American: 2013-14 Summer Hit; 2004 Yougottawanna; 1999 Worldly Ways; 1998 Wild Wonder; 1982 Crews Hill; 1981 Borrego Sun
Ascot H.: 2003 Just Wonder; 1986 Full Charm
Bay Meadows Derby: 2004 Congressionalhonor; 2002 Royal Gem
Bay Meadows H.: 2008 Bold Chieftain; 2005 Adreamisborn; 2001 Super Quercus; 1995 Caesour; 1982 Super Moment
Bay Meadows Sprint H.: 2002 Mellow Fellow; 2000-01 Lexicon; 1994 Soviet Problem; 1988 Good Command
Berkeley H.: 2013 Summer Hit; 2004 Snorter; 1998 Wild Wonder; 1995 Double Jab; 1987 Rocky Marriage
California Derby: 2014 Exit Stage Left; 2013 Zeewat; 2009 Chocolate Candy; 2006 Cause to Believe; 2004 Trieste’s Honor; 1999 Red Sky’s; 1981 Always a Cinch
El Camino Real Derby: 2014 Tamarando; 2011 Silver Medallion; 2010 Connemara; 2009 Chocolate Candy; 2007 Bwana Bull; 2006 Cause to Believe; 2005 Uncle Denny; 1998 Event of the Year; 1984 French Legionaire 
Golden Gate Handicap/Turf Stakes: 2009 Spring House; 2005 Adreamisborn; 2000 Deploy Venture; 1982 Regal Bearing
San Francisco Mile: 2010 Bold Chieftain
 
Grade 1 Stakes Wins:
Ancient Title: 2010 Smiling Tiger
King’s Bishop: 2005 Lost in the Fog
Oak Tree Inv.: 1989 Hawkster; 1984 Both Ends Burning
Santa Monica: 1991 Devil’s Orchid
 
RUSSELL BAZE’S MILESTONE VICTORIES
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