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Dec 08, 2006

Russell Baze finally sets new jockey record


San Mateo, CA (Sports Network) - It took a little longer than expected, but Hall of Famer Russell Baze has broken the career record for wins by a jockey.

Baze surpassed the mark of 9,530 victories held by another Hall of Fame rider, Laffit Pincay, Jr. Baze equaled the mark on Thursday at Bay Meadows Racetrack with Butterfly Belle in race 4.

"He deserves the title," said Pincay. "He's worked very hard, he's a great rider and people love him."

At the conclusion of racing on Sunday at Bay Meadows, Baze was within two wins of Pincay's record. Racing resumed on Wednesday when Baze was scheduled to have six mounts. His lone win on the day came in the final race.

Now just one victory behind the record, the native of Canada tied the mark on Thursday with a win in the 6th race. Baze failed to surpass the record in his remaining two rides.

The record-breaking ride was in a five furlong turf race. Baze guided Butterfly Belle from off the pace against six rivals.

"It's great," Baze said about breaking the all-time win record. "I appreciate the significance of it."

In his 32-year riding career, Baze has earned almost $145 million with more than 42,500 mounts. Pincay, who retired in 2003, finished with better than $237 million in winnings.

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