Report: Jockey Russell Baze retires after riding nearly 13,000 winners

BY Barry Werner • June 13, 2016

Russell Baze, the all-time winningest jockey, has decided to retire, according to a report.

The 57-year-old Baze rode Wahine Warrior to a second-place finish in the 10th race at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday. According to the Paulick Report, he then called his agent and friend, Ray Harris, and said, "That's it. I'm going to retire."

In a career that began 42 years ago, Baze won 12,842 races. His first victory came at Yakima Meadows, a now-defunct track in Washington, on Oct. 28. 1974.

Baze was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Canadian Racing Hall of Fame in 2012. 

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