ARGENTINA: Ricardo surpasses Baze to regain world record

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By Michael Burns
Racing Post

Jorge Ricardo

Argentina: South American riding legend Jorge Ricardo partnered the 11,596th winner of his illustrious career in Buenos Aires on Friday toregain the title as the world’s leading active jockey.

The 50-year-old Brazilian and former record holder, who has fought against lymphoma, has climbed back to the top of the rankings, surpassing Northern California-based Russell Baze to rank first as the world’s all-time winningest jockey.

Ricardo guided Stud Los Nelson’s star two-year-old Winning Prize to an eight-length victory in the ninth race and added a third victory on Friday’s San Isidro card to move two clear of Baze.

Ricardo, who won 26 riding titles in Rio’de Janeiro before moving to Argentina in 2006, became the first jockey in the world to reach 10,000 wins in 2008.

Baze, 53, became North America’s winningest jockey when he passed Panamanian legend Laffit Pincay Jr’s record of 9,530 winners in December 2006 and the first jockey in the world to reach the 11,000-winner milestone in August 2010.

Ricardo is outscoring Baze 186-157 in their personal duel for 2012.

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