January 24, 2013
According to statistics provided by Equibase Company, North American all-time leading rider by wins, Russell Baze, is scheduled to make his 50,000th career start on Friday, Jan. 25, at Golden Gate Fields, Calif., where he is listed to ride in the first six races. Baze will become the first North American rider to reach that number. Since January 1, 1976, Baze’s races total 343,354 furlongs which equals 42,919 ¼ miles and the total time elapsed for those races is 1,144 ½ hours which equals nearly 48 days (calculated based on one furlong averaging 12 seconds).
NOTE: Provided none of his mounts are scratched (should know Friday by 9:40 a.m. Pacific Time), mount No. 50,000 will be Finish Rich in NYC in the sixth race (post time is 3:15 p.m. Pacific).
Contact: Rhonda Norby (859) 224-2856