06/04/2013 3:25PM

Golden Gate: Baze closing in on 12,000 wins

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Baze, the runaway leader in the Golden Gate jockey race, is now only 39 wins away from the 12,000 mark after picking up eight wins in three days last weekend.

Baze has recorded 157 victories through 93 days (1.69 wins per day) at the Golden Gate Fields meeting and is on pace to reach the 12,000 milestone at the Sacramento fair meeting, which starts July 12. Eight days remain at the Golden Gate meeting, which ends June 16. The fair season begins at Pleasanton with 12 days of racing that start June 20 and then eight at Sacramento.

Baze trails only South American jockey Jorge Ricardo in career victories. Ricardo recorded his 12,000th career victory two weeks ago in Argentina.

Reaching a milestone on the fair circuit would not be unusual for Baze. He got his 5,000th career victory at Santa Rosa, 7,000th at Pleasanton, and 11,000th at Santa Rosa.

Quite A Dude More than 1 year ago
Nor Cal is not minor leagues. Get a a horse and try winning up there. It ain't easy. And most of his wins didn't come in five horse fields. The five horse field situation is only six or seven years old. Russell finished second at an Oak Tree meet when he rode down there. The guy can ride anywhere. He may not be quite as good as he was ten years ago but he proves day in day out he can out ride all of the riders they throw at him in Nor Cal.
Eugene Fletcher More than 1 year ago
Russell wins a lot of races on horses most riders wont even get on...mdn 8000 and 4000 claimers...the type that break down and end riders careers...but he keeps plugging along and regardless of the competition...he wins riding titles in northern California year in year out...I respect his accomplishment...even though some consider it the minor leagues...there are lots of jocks in the minors...but none have come close to Mr baze's records
Danny C More than 1 year ago
Probably about 6,000 of those races were won in fields of 5 or less. So over rated as a jockey. He tried SoCal and could not make it. Rosario rode up North now is one of the best in the business