Jorge Ricardo Ties Russell Baze Win Record

Brazilian jockey Jorge Ricardo tied retired North American-based Russell Baze as the jockey with the most all-time wins in history Monday evening at Hipodromo da Gavea in Rio de Janeiro. In his sixth ride of the day, the 56-year-old veteran rode Jubileia (Brz) (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire})) to a wire-to-wire win in a maiden special event to earn his 12,844th victory.

Spending the majority of his time riding in Argentina, “Ricardinho” said he intends to return home to attempt to eclipse the record in Buenos Aires. He returned to Argentina via plane Monday and will resume riding Wednesday at San Isidro.

Ricardo and Baze engaged in a well-publicized battle for the world record as their careers overlapped. Ricardo almost retired after a bout with cancer in 2009 and Baze ultimately retired from riding in 2016. Ricardo defeated cancer, returned to the races and recommitted himself to again set a new record. He is now very close to achieving that goal.