50,000th mount for Russell Baze (Fri Jan 25)
An amazing number of rides.
DRF Jan 23, 2013 - "Golden Gate Fields: Baze scheduled to ride in 50,000th race Friday"
Per this daily tracker from Argentina - jockey Jorge Ricardo remains in the lead as the worlds all-time leading jockey by wins.
Baze, who picked up three wins Monday to increase his career total to 11,836, is just six mounts away from riding in his 50,000th Thoroughbred race. He will be the first U.S.-based rider to reach that mark.
Baze is scheduled to ride the first six races on Friday’s Golden Gate Fields card and is on the morning-line favorite in each race.
Laffit Pincay Jr., whose record of 9,530 victories stands second to Baze in North American annals, rode 48,486 races. Eight riders have ridden at least 40,000 races.
Trailing Baze and Pincay are Perry Ouzts at 45,158, Earlie Fires, 45,029; David Gall, 41,775; Jorge Velasquez, 40,852; Bill Shoemaker, 40,350; and Pat Day, 40,299. Mario Pino (39,575) should join the 40,000 Club this year.
Among the 100 winningest North American jockeys, Baze is the leading percentage rider with 24 percent victories.
In addition to his wins, Baze has finished second and third more times than any other rider. His mounts have run second 8,847 times and third 7,263 times.
Baze’s mounts have hit the board 56 percent of the time. Only two other riders, Pat Day and Chris McCarron, have hit the board with half of their mounts.