Provided none of his scheduled mounts are scratched, jockey Russell Baze will ride in his 50,000th thoroughbred race Friday afternoon at Golden Gate Fields.
Baze, who's had 49,994 mounts and won 11,836 races in his Hall of Fame career, is slated to ride in races one through six. That means Finish Rich in Nyc, the 7-5 morning-line favorite in race six, will be milestone mount No. 50,000.
First post is 12:45 p.m., and post time for the sixth race is 3:15 p.m.
Baze's totals for mounts and wins are North American records. Laffit Pincay, Jr., who retired in 2003, is second in both categories. He rode in 48,486 races and recorded 9,530 wins.
Baze, 54, led the nation's jockeys in victories in 2012 with 374. It was the 12th national races won title for Baze, who has won 44 riding championships at Golden Gate Fields and had 40 riding titles at now defunct Bay Meadows.
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