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LDS Jockey Gets New Honor
(Horse career all in the family for Baze)
San Mateo co CA Times 11May00 S2
By John Horgan: Staff Writer

WOODSIDE, CALIFORNIA -- Russell Baze, one of the winningest jockeys in U.S. history, will be inducted into the San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame on June 7.

Riding professionally since 1974, Baze has accumulated 6,970 victories, placing him seventh on the all-time wins list. His total track earnings are close to $100 million on more than 33,000 mounts. Last year, he was named to the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame.

Baze is the son of Joe Baze, one of Washington's leading jockeys and trainers. Two of his brothers are jockeys, while two other brothers work in the equine business. His wife is the sister of a local horse trainer.

Modest and self-effacing, Baze doesn't call attention to himself. "He's quiet and unassuming," said trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. "He never brags." That sets Baze, a devout Mormon, apart in an age of self-promoting, egocentric sporting types who crave the media spotlight.


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