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Russell Baze rides 50,000th race in Bay Area

Updated: January 26, 2013, 4:20 PM ET
Associated Press

ALBANY, Calif. -- Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze has ridden the 50,000th thoroughbred race of his career.

The 54-year-old rider finished third in his historic race on Friday at Golden Gate Fields near San Francisco, although he was allowed in the winner's circle afterward to pose for a photo. He swept the first three races on the eight-race card.

Baze notched 11,839 victories from his 50,000 mounts, and both totals are North American racing records, according to Equibase.

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