03/02/2011 12:57AM

Jockey Vicky Baze rides her 2,000th winner at Turf Paradise


Vicky Baze came rolling home late to guide Decarchy Park to victory for trainer Doug Oliver in Tuesday's ninth race at Turf Paradise, notching career win 2,000 in the process.

“Wow! What a wonderful feeling this is,” said the 46-year-old Baze. “I thank all the good people and horses who helped me get here. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Baze, who rode her first winner in 1985 at the now-defunct Longacres Park near Seattle, admitted to doubts about reaching this milestone.

“I’ve had injuries along the way that made me wonder if I’d ever achieve something like this,” said Baze, who was thrown from her mount during a race as recently as Saturday and subsequently transported to a nearby hospital for observation. She was back in the saddle the next day.

“Retirement?” said Baze. “God willing, it’s on to the next milestone.”