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Gary Baze

(1955- , Inducted 2003)

Sunnyside, Washington, native Gary Baze has won over 3,200 races, including more in his home state than any rider in history. He began his career as an apprentice at Longacres in 1973 and promptly led the Renton track’s standings with 120 wins. He finished 1973 with a total of 189 victories – good enough to place him second among the nation’s leading apprentices. Baze won a record six riding titles at Longacres (including three in a row) and also holds Longacres’ records for career wins (1,538) and stakes wins (100). He received the prestigious Lindy (Skelly) Award in 1989, 1991 and 2000. Baze, 47, has won a record five Longacres Miles (Trooper Seven, 1980-81; Chum Salmon, 1985; Judge Angelucci, 1987; and Adventuresome Love, 1993). He also has won a record five Washington Breeders’ Cup Oaks and seven Washington Championships, which has been renamed the Washington Cup Classic for its 2003 running. During his stellar career, Baze rode numerous Washington champions and was the regular rider for two of the three horses also being inducted in the inaugural Hall of Fame, Trooper Seven and Captain Condo.

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