Northern California stalwarts Jerry Hollendorfer and Russell Baze teamed up once again in the Gold Rush Stakes for 2-year-olds at Golden Gate Fields Dec. 6, when Stand and Salute held off Kentucky invader Broughton Kitten.
Mona Hour's Longacres Mile (gr. III) winner Stryker Phd heads a group of nine entered for the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 30 at Golden Gate Fields.
Zayat Stables' Mr. Z, coming off a fifth-place finish in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), heads a group of 10 plus two also-eligibles for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III) Nov. 22.
Likely favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic continues his preparation for the 1 1/4-mile race, working five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 Oct. 14 on the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate where he has done all of his training this year.
- By Claire Novak
Jockeys Russell Baze and Jorge Ricardo compete in the Champions Challenge at Cristal Racetrack in Porto Alegre, Brazil. view slideshow
Jorge Ricardo took the Sept. 18 Champions Challenge at Hipodromo Cristal in Brazil much the way he has has maintained a 38-year career resulting in more than 12,000 victories -- with a sweepingly emotional score.
The top two jockeys by wins in the history of Thoroughbred racing, Russell Baze and Jorge Ricardo, are scheduled to square off in a five-race showdown being billed as the Champions Challenge on Sept. 18 in Brazil.
Jockey Russell Baze, who capitalized on a slew of live mounts to run away with the riding title at the Sonoma County Fair meeting in Santa Rosa, hopes to keep on rolling Aug. 15 at the Golden Gate Fields summer meeting.
Shared Belief, the champion 2-year-old male of 2013, kept his unblemished record intact with a comfortable victory versus four older foes in a $35,000 allowance event at Golden Gate Fields May 26.
Shared Belief, the champion 2-year-old of 2013, will make his long-awaited sophomore debut on Memorial Day, May 26, at Golden Gate Fields in a six-furlong allowance race.
Seven of the eight active Racing Hall of Fame riders will meet in head-to-head competition May 16 in the $50,000 Xpressbet Hall of Fame Jockey Challenge at Pimlico Race Course.
One of the unique offerings on this year's Black-Eyed Susan (gr. II) day card at Pimlico Race Course May 16 is the $50,000 Jockey Challenge Presented by Xpressbet that will feature seven active Hall of Fame riders.
Back on a synthetic surface he seems to prefer, Tamarando closed from last on the far turn to register a half-length triumph over Dance With Fate in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields Feb. 15.
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze rode six winners from seven mounts Jan. 31 at Golden Gate Fields.
Exit Stage Left kept his record unblemished with his third consecutive stakes victory in the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 18 at Golden Gate Fields, denying favored Enterprising by half a length.
Mucho Macho Man's nose victory in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) was voted by fans as the 2013 National Thoroughbred Racing Association's "Moment of the Year."
Javier Castellano, Joel Rosario, and Gary Stevens took three entirely different routes to their positions as jockey finalists in the Eclipse Awards. Who wins could depend upon what criteria voters choose to use.
The New York Times has won the 2013 Media Eclipse Award in the audio/Internet category for "The Jockey," a profile of Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, which appeared online Aug. 13.
Online voting is now open at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) website for the 15th annual "Moment of the Year."
Exit Stage Left earned his second stakes victory in as many starts when he came from just off the pace to capture the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes as the 3-5 pick Dec. 7 at Golden Gate Fields.
Synthetic specialist Summer Hit controlled the pace as the 4-5 favorite and drew off in the stretch for a one-sided victory in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 29 on the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields.
Teaks North, a grade I winner on turf and a stakes winner on dirt, will try a synthetic surface for the first time in his 30-race career when he starts in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) at Golden Gate on Nov. 29.
Jockey Russell Baze extended his all-time leading win total to 12,000 when he achieved the milestone aboard Handful of Pearls in the 11th race July 7 at the Alameda County Fair meet.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer won the All American Stakes (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields with Summer Hit about an hour after claiming the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) with Sahara Sky.
Jockey Jorge Ricardo became the first to reach the 12,000-victory plateau May 26 when he won three races at the Hipodromo Argentino de Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze went 5-for-5 at Golden Gate Fields April 19, a day after he was blanked at the San Francisco Bay Area oval.
Racing fans reserve a special place in their hearts for the talented horse denied opportunity because of injury or circumstance--like Event of the Year, who won Turfway's Kentucky Derby prep in 1998.
Event of the Year, who turned heads with his five-length victory in the 1998 Jim Beam Stakes (gr. II), died last year in Venezuela.
Russell Baze, North America's all-time leading jockey by victories, reached another major milestone Jan. 25 at Golden Gate Fields by becoming the first to ride 50,000 races.
Odds-on Zeewat overcame a less than ideal trip to claim the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 12 at Golden Gate Fields for his second straight stakes score around two turns.
As jockey Gary Stevens embarks on the comeback trail while approaching age 50, he can look to the north for inspiration, where fellow Hall of Fame rider Russell Baze continues to toil at the top of his game.
Class Included, a big winner in the Pacific Northwest, takes on the top fillies and mares from across the continent for her hopeful Washington connections.
Southern California shipper Miss Empire, the 1-2 choice ridden by Russell Baze, won a stretch-long battle with outsider Butterfly Soul to capture the $100,000 Pike Place Dancer Stakes by a neck Oct. 27 at Golden Gate Fields.
The State of Washington will have one of its own to root for in the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships. Mike Feuerborn's Class Included is pre-entered in both the Ladies Classic and the Filly & Mare Sprint.
Jockey Perry Ouzts joined an elite group of riders Sept. 29 when he piloted Thomas McCann's Tanner Me Boy to a two-length victory to notch his 6,000th career win at Turfway Park.
Onetime Washington resident Russell Baze will be inducted into the Washington Sports Hall of Fame on Longacres Mile Day Aug. 19.
Nine-year-old Awesome Gem got his 2012 campaign underway with a handy allowance victory at Golden Gate Fields April 12.
Russell Baze, racing's winningest jockey, tops a list of 15 horse people and Thoroughbreds nominated for election to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame's class of 2012.
Favored Lady of Fifty earned her third straight stakes victory at Golden Gate Fields when she once again led all the way to capture the $100,260 California Oaks Jan. 21.
Jockey Russell Baze, racing's all-time leader with 11,415 career victories, escaped serious injury at Golden Gate Fields Nov, 27 when his mount, Reinvent, crashed through the breakaway inner rail on the turf course.
Orchid's Silver, sent off at 26-1 odds, came from off the pace to nip favored Class Included in the $100,000 Ballerina Stakes (Can-III) on the closing day of the Hastings Racecourse season Oct. 2 in Vancouver, B.C.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer became the fourth trainer to reach 6,000 victories Sept. 3 when he teamed with fellow Hall of Fame member Russell Baze in winning the sixth race at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif.
Jockey Michael Baze, a member of a famed riding family in United States racing, was found dead the afternoon of May 10 on the backstretch at Churchill Downs.
After losing the Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II) an hour earlier, trainer Steve Asmussen landed a nice consolation prize when Silver Medallion drove to an upset victory in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby Feb. 12.
Russell Baze, who has won more races than any jockey in the history of Thoroughbred racing, will be inducted into the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in Oakland, Calif., on Feb. 25.
Stakes winner Positive Response figures to have a slight edge on paper in the Jan. 15 California Derby. A field of 12 was drawn for the 1 1/16-mile race at Golden Gate Fields.
Lilacs and Lace, under a vigorous ride by Russell Baze, collared front-running Cathy's Crunches past the 16th pole and drew off to a 1 1/2-length victory in the $92,000 California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields Jan. 1.
With two days remaining on the 2010 racing calendar, there are close races for North America's leading jockey by earnings and leading jockey by number of wins.
After winning five races the previous evening, jockey Cliff Berry managed to top himself at Remington Park on the night of Dec. 10 when he won all seven races in which he had mounts.
Smiling Tiger, reunited with jockey Russell Baze, earned his second grade I win of the season when he put away Cost of Freedom in the stretch and held on for a half-length victory in the $250,000 Ancient Title Stakes (gr. I).
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