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December 3, 2003 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Jockey Russell Baze, who has 410 wins this year and ranks fourth on the all-time list behind Laffit Pincay Jr., Bill Shoemaker and Pat Day with 8,484 victories, won't be adding to either total the rest of 2003. Baze, the perennial leader in the standings at both Bay Meadows and Golden Gate Fields, broke his collarbone in a mishap during Sunday's third race at Golden Gate.
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November 27, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
One of the pivotal scenes in Scott Cooper's new drama "Out of the Furnace" is a conversation on a bridge between Russell Baze (Christian Bale), a blue-collar worker trying to save his troubled war veteran brother, and Baze's girlfriend Lena, played by Zoe Saldana, who has left him for another man. What's unique in this case is that the more romantic, heroic choice is for Baze not to fight to get back the woman he loves, and instead to let her...
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March 4, 1993 | Associated Press
Russell Baze rode Frank Musso to a three-length victory Wednesday at Golden Gate Fields, becoming the 23rd jockey to win 4,000 races. "It's nice I joined the higher ranks," said Baze, who last year led United States jockeys in victories. "I'm happy. A guy has to be awfully lucky. I've never really had any career-threatening injuries." Bill Shoemaker is horse racing's all-time winningest rider with 8,833 victories.
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January 31, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
It was the experience of horse and jockey, combined with racing luck, that enabled 7-year-old Bold Chieftain and 51-year-old Russell Baze to come away victorious Saturday in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Santa Anita. Baze, the all-time leader in races won in North America, faced a traffic jam in the stretch but found an opening and sent Bold Chieftain through it for a neck victory over Palladio in the 1 1/8 -mile race. Unusual Smoke was third. "We were in tight," Baze said.
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November 24, 2006 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
Laffit Pincay has heard the hoofbeats drawing closer for months, and now he will pack a bag and go to Bay Meadows in San Mateo to wait to pass the baton to jockey Russell Baze, just as Bill Shoemaker passed it to him in 1999. Baze, a mainstay of the Northern California racing scene whose reputation is built more on his workmanlike dedication than the names of famous horses he has ridden, is seven victories from breaking Pincay's record of 9,530 wins.
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February 29, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
One of only two jockeys in the world with more than 10,000 victories is coming to town hoping to produce some sweet music aboard Monterey Jazz in Saturday's 71st Santa Anita Handicap. But no one is striking up the band. No festival is planned. It's not as if it's David Beckham. Russell Baze will fly down from the Bay Area tonight, try to guide the 5-1 shot to victory in the $1-million race the next day, and then quietly return home.
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November 4, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
The 18th California Cup, Santa Anita's annual extravaganza restricted to horses bred in the state, belonged to the late Eddie Nahem and jockeys either named Baze or related to the family. Those who thought Lava Man would be the star of the day Saturday again left disappointed. Lava Man, a three-time winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup and numerous other graded stakes since being claimed for $50,000 in 2003, was sixth for a third consecutive race.
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January 31, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
It was the experience of horse and jockey, combined with racing luck, that enabled 7-year-old Bold Chieftain and 51-year-old Russell Baze to come away victorious Saturday in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Santa Anita. Baze, the all-time leader in races won in North America, faced a traffic jam in the stretch but found an opening and sent Bold Chieftain through it for a neck victory over Palladio in the 1 1/8 -mile race. Unusual Smoke was third. "We were in tight," Baze said.
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December 3, 1995 | ED SCHUYLER JR., ASSOCIATED PRESS
Russell Baze is not a name that comes up at Kentucky Derby time, nor is he praised or cursed by the rail birds at Gulfstream Park or Belmont Park. The reasons have more to do with Baze's outlook than they do with his ability. Baze has won more than 5,000 races, and when he booted home Royal Boutique on Nov. 19 at Golden Gate Fields he became the only jockey ever to ride 400 winners in four straight years.
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September 2, 1985
Russell Baze, 27, the top jockey in Northern California the past five years, recorded his 2,000th career victory aboard Spatial in the eighth race Saturday at Bay Meadows.
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January 30, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
The best horse based in California not named Zenyatta might be The Usual Q.T., a 4-year-old gelding who has won six consecutive races on the turf, including the Grade I Hollywood Derby in November. The Usual Q.T. gets an opportunity to enhance his reputation running in today's $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at 1 1/8 miles on Santa Anita's Pro-Ride surface, the featured event of a six-race bi-coastal competition between California- and Florida-breds. Also being run at Santa Anita is the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf at 1 1/8 miles and the $200,000 Filly & Mare Sprint at six furlongs.
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February 29, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
One of only two jockeys in the world with more than 10,000 victories is coming to town hoping to produce some sweet music aboard Monterey Jazz in Saturday's 71st Santa Anita Handicap. But no one is striking up the band. No festival is planned. It's not as if it's David Beckham. Russell Baze will fly down from the Bay Area tonight, try to guide the 5-1 shot to victory in the $1-million race the next day, and then quietly return home.
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November 4, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
The 18th California Cup, Santa Anita's annual extravaganza restricted to horses bred in the state, belonged to the late Eddie Nahem and jockeys either named Baze or related to the family. Those who thought Lava Man would be the star of the day Saturday again left disappointed. Lava Man, a three-time winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup and numerous other graded stakes since being claimed for $50,000 in 2003, was sixth for a third consecutive race.
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August 27, 2007 | Jaime Cárdenas, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Russell Baze, the winningest jockey in thoroughbred racing history, was suspended for 15 days and fined on Sunday for using his whip on an injured horse who later died. Baze, who has 9,826 victories, was headed to an easy win aboard Imperial Eyes in the first race Thursday at Bay Meadows when the horse took a bad step and broke down in the deep stretch.
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December 2, 2006 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Although it took a little longer than expected, jockey Russell Baze became the world's winningest rider Friday when favored Butterfly Belle won the fourth race at Bay Meadows. The victory was the 9,531st of Baze's career, enabling him to surpass Laffit Pincay, who had held the top spot since Dec. 10, 1999. Pincay, who retired in the spring of 2003, rode Irish Nip to victory that day at Hollywood Park, overtaking Bill Shoemaker with his 8,834th win.
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December 1, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Russell Baze inched closer to surpassing Laffit Pincay's record of 9,530 victories Thursday, riding one winner in six mounts at Bay Meadows to tie the nearly 7-year-old mark. "Honest, Laffit, I'm not dragging this out," a smiling Baze told Pincay, who will return today for his fifth day of watching and waiting. Baze has ridden four winners in his last three days of racing. He will try to break the record today, with scheduled mounts in seven races.
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January 2, 1996 | Associated Press
Russell Baze, who recently became the first jockey to ride 400 winners four years in a row, is the winner of the inaugural Isaac Murphy Award. The 37-year-old Baze, based in Northern California, led the nation in 1995 with 448 victories. He had a national-best winning percentage of .292, the criteria on which the award was decided. Murphy was one of the great jockeys of the 19th Century.
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February 17, 1996
I enjoyed Bill Christine's Feb. 10 column on jockey Russell Baze, the first recipient of the Isaac Murphy Award, and his brief history of Murphy's accomplishments. Though it's true that Isaac Murphy was originally buried in a place known only as "Old No. 2 Cemetery," his remains were removed in 1967 and buried at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park, where visitors are reminded of the great jockey every day. PATRICIA CORRIGAN Covina
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November 28, 2006 | Brian Hanrahan and Andrew Malcolm, Times Staff Writers
A word of caution from black leaders In a reaction to the racial diatribe launched by "Seinfeld" actor Michael Richards at a comedy club recently, African American leaders call for rap stars, comedians and everyone else to stop using what is semi-politely known as the "N-word." How this will play out in the rap and hip-hop world remains to be seen.
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November 28, 2006 | Bill Dwyre, Bill Dwyre can be reached at bill.dwyre@latimes.com. To read previous columns by Dwyre, go to latimes.com/dwyre.
The weather was miserable at Bay Meadows racetrack here Sunday. The sky was a dreary gray, it was cold and the drizzle never stopped. Also, Russell Baze never stopped smiling. No surprise there. The man who is about to become the winningest jockey of all time, who finished the day only two victories behind Laffit Pincay's record of 9,530, has been doing this since 1974. Smiling and winning.
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