Russell Baze (right): back in front of Jorge Ricardo (left)PICTURE: Mark Cranham
Baze regains record for career victories
RUSSELL BAZE regained the world record for career victories from Brazilian legend Jorge Ricardo, who is sidelined through injury, when recording a double at Golden Gate Fields on Thursday.
After drawing level with Ricardo on 10,520 winners on Wednesday, the prolific North American-based jockey took his tally to 10,522-winner mark courtesy of Smart Sugar and Warren's Dreaming.
He partnered four more winners at Golden Gate on Friday to enter Saturday's programme with a remarkable 10,526 winners to his name.
Jorge Ricardo: injured since MarchPICTURE: Gerry Cranham
Baze, who surpassed Laffit Pincay's world-record mark in December 2006 when he rode his 9,531st winner, has been involved in a ding-dong battle for supremacy with Ricardo across the length of two continents.
Having broken Pincay's record, Baze sustained an injury soon afterwards and lost his status as the world's number one to Ricardo when the Brazilian rode his 9,591st winner in February 2007.
The lead changed hands on a number of occasions before Ricardo established prolonged superiority in August that year.
However, 47-year-old Ricardo hasn't ridden since fracturing his skull in a fall on March 14 in the prestigious Gran Premio Latinoamericano, the Grade 1 continental championship.
He is expected to return to the saddle shortly and resume his quest to overcome Baze, who has ridden 170 winners this year coampred to Ricardo's 61.
The only two riders to have ridden more than 10,000 winners met for the first time last yearwhen they were both invited to Ascot's Shergar Cup.