baze_russellRussell Baze, the perennial leading rider at Golden Gate Fields, will represent the United States in the World All-Star Jockeys competition Aug. 29-30 at Sapporo Racecourse in Japan.

The World All-Star Jockeys, an event conducted by the Japan Racing Association, also will include riders from the United Kingdom, France, Australia and Hong Kong. The five international riders will compete in four races against nine jockeys from Japan.

The event will be Russell Baze’’s first trip to Japan since riding Hawkster to a fifth-place finish in the 1989 Group 1 Japan Cup. Through Sunday, Baze, 57, has won 12,631 Thoroughbred races in North America, more than any other rider. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1999.

The other international riders are Hayley Turner (United Kingdom), Thierry Jarnet (France), Craig Williams (Australia), and Joao Moreira (Hong Kong). Mirco Demuro, Keita Tosaki, Yuichi Fukunaga, Masayoshi Ebina, Yasunari Iwata, Yuichi Shibayama, Yutaka Take, Koji Fujita and Yuji Iwahashi will represent Japan.