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Byline: Chuck Dybdal
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. _ Once again, Russell Baze is on the threshold of 400 victories this year.
Were it not for a compressed vertebrae and hairline fracture in his back suffered Oct. 31, 1999, it would be eight consecutive years, one of the most phenomenal records of consistency in sports history.
That's all sports, not just horse racing.
There are many reasons for Baze's success, starting, obviously, with good horses.
Throw in talent, an unquenchable will to win, the ability to get the most from a horse and the ability to stay out of trouble, and Baze's success becomes understandable.
But it all …