Make that 11,000 wins
Russell Baze has ridden the 11,000th winner of his career. The 52-year-old jockey won the fourth race at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa, Calif., aboard Separate Forest on Saturday to reach the milestone. Baze was already North America’s winningest thoroughbred jockey, having surpassed Laffit Pincay Jr.’s record of 9,530 winners in December 2006. Baze rode his 10,000th winner in February 2008 at Golden Gate Fields in the San Francisco Bay area, where he has spent most of his career. His first victory came at Yakima Meadows in 1974. His father, Joe, was the 1952 riding champion at Spokane’s Playfair course.
– Staff and wire reports