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MAKING NEWS // VETERAN JOCKEY RIDES HIS WAY INTO RECORD BOOK

In his fourth race of the day, Russell Baze, above, rode into history. The 48-year-old became thoroughbred racing's winningest jockey Friday when he broke Laffit Pincay Jr.'s record with victory No. 9,531 in San Mateo, Calif. Pincay had owned the mark since Dec. 10, 1999, when he took it from Bill Shoemaker, who held the mark for 29 years. "Who would've thought 32 years ago a skinny little kid with no experience would be standing here today," Baze told the crowd as he stood in the winner's circle. "I could hardly believe this would happen." The record is the crowning achievement of a career that began with Baze's first winner in 1974 at Yakima Meadows, Wash. Baze, already in racing's Hall of Fame, is not the legendary rider that Shoemaker and Pincay were, but he's respected for his dedication and competitive desire.

BUCS BIT

With start, Quarles can move up list

If Shelton Quarles starts Sunday, he will tie Chidi Ahanotu for 10th on the all-time Bucs list with 109 starts.

Clayton remains confident: His numbers may not show it, but the Bucs' Michael Clayton thinks he still has the ability to be a top-tier receiver. Story, 4C

OUT OF BOUNDS

She's not too busy to lobby for LSU

You would think Hurricane Katrina's aftermath still fills the plate of Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco. But, apparently, she has free time, which she has used to call the Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl presidents to lobby for No. 5 LSU to receive a high BCS berth. "Anyone who follows college football knows this has been a successful year for LSU, and we Tiger fans are some of the most passionate fans in college sports," Blanco said. "Our team deserves a BCS berth." LSU (10-2) has a good shot at getting invited to the Rose Bowl. Blanco hosted Rose Bowl president and CEO Paul Holman and other Rose Bowl officials last month at the Governor's Mansion. And she has spoken with Orange Bowl president Eric Poms. Both bowls hand out invitations Sunday.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"For a period of time, I said, 'He was one of the best.' Then it reached the point where, looking at what he did and the body of work, I honestly believe he's the best running back I've ever seen."

Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer talking about LaDainian Tomlinson

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