12/08/2013 6:53PM

Hollywood Park: Millionaire Comma to the Top retired at 5

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Comma to the Top retires with 14 wins from 33 starts and earnings of $1,349,406.

Comma to the Top, a millionaire who won nine stakes from 2010-13, has been retired and will be retrained as a stable pony for Peter Miller, the trainer told Betfair Hollywood Park publicity Sunday.

Comma to the Top won 14 of 33 starts and earned $1,349,406 while racing for Hollywood film executives Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, and Kevin Tsujihara.

A 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by Bwana Charlie, Comma to the Top finished fifth in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar in July in his final start. His last win was the Grade 3 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park in May. Comma to the Top won the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity in 2010 and was 19th in the 2011 Kentucky Derby.

Comma to the Top was turned out following the Bing Crosby this year. At the time, Miller said Comma to the Top was battling a sore foot and could return to racing in 2014. A decision to end the horse's racing career was made recently.

Miller said Comma to the Top will need six months to be retrained as a stable pony.

Decision on Baze's return delayed

Jockey Tyler Baze must wait a few more days to learn whether he can return to riding in the near future from an alcohol-related suspension issued in June.

Baze met with Hollywood Park stewards Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer, and Tom Ward on Saturday in an effort to regain his license. The stewards said Saturday that a decision could come over the weekend. On Sunday, Chaney said the stewards had postponed their decision until Thursday at the earliest.

Baze has not ridden since June after failing a breath test. He underwent 60 days of counseling at an in-patient rehabilitation facility in August and September and recently completed an evaluation by the Winners Foundation, which aids people in Southern California racing with substance-abuse problems.

The Winners Foundation required Baze to sign a contract with provisions that, in part, require him to reside in a sober-living residence and attend a minimum of five 12-step program meetings per week.

Baze told the stewards Saturday that he had a relapse with alcohol as recently as Nov. 20.

The 31-year-old Baze, who was suspended for failing to take a breath test in 2011, is seeking to resume riding before the end of the Hollywood Park meeting Dec. 22.

Forego137 More than 1 year ago
He had a relapse as recent as Nov 20th ???? I was a big supporter of his return but it seems to be a waiste of time, the boy doesn't want to return to the saddle that bad if he can't controll his urges to drink. I say NO to his return and continue his rehab. It's for his owm good, he's still battling demons that he hasn't shaken off. Continue your rehab Tyler.
Luis Mendoza More than 1 year ago
I wish the best for Tyler Baze on his recovery and hope to see him racing again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Comma won me a decent score when I played him in a showvivor tournament. I knew he was honest, and it paid off, and the favorite was nowhere to be seen. Excited he gets to retire (relatively) healthy!
Mickey More than 1 year ago
Sorry to see Comma To the Top go..he was a real good horse and actually came out East to win earlier this year in a super game effort!. Since THIS rare "free" article has TWO stories....T. Baze asking to come back after drinking less then 3 weeks ago is just ridiculous......
Joseph Giambra More than 1 year ago
I can't ever see myself ever purchasing the print edition of the DRF again in the booklet format it is now sold in. I do not like to turn 3 pages back and forth to compare pp's of 3 or 4 different horses in the same race. With my twinspires account I can get free pp's with a wager at any track as opposed to drf account they want to charge up front and then credit my account a day or 2 later. I wonder what they are smoking at DRF's main office, it seems all they are interested in is selling selections.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Comma to the Top often ran through the stretch on the wrong lead. And he had these very short, choppy strides; it produced the illusion that he was stopping, but what he lacked for in a stride he made up for with a rapid turnover. He could really get those jackrabbit strides moving. You could add me to the list of observers who had concerns about his soundness, which only makes me more amazed they were able to get 33 starts from him. It seems like Comma has been around for a decade, but he was just 5; for a top-level racehorse, 33 starts is a lot for a horse still 5. And remember, he missed the 2nd half of his 3 year old season after a failed Kentucky Derby experiment. Winning 13 races, 9 stakes, 5 graded stakes, a grade 1, and over $1.3 million is quite the career. He won graded stakes on dirt, synth, and turf, from 6 furlongs to a mile and a sixteenth, on both coasts. His winning the gr.3 Tom Fool in NYC earlier this year but a week after running 3rd in the gr.2 San Carlos in Cali was one of the better accomplishments all year. Enjoy the retirement Comma, you deserved it.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Excuse me, 14 career wins.
zerosumzen More than 1 year ago
Will miss Comma to the Top. In good hands with Peter Miller, who is one of the good guys. Good luck in your new career, Comma! Quoted: "Baze told the stewards Saturday that he had a relapse with alcohol as recently as Nov. 20." Good luck in your new career as well, Tyler.
Ceil Rock More than 1 year ago
I hope he has as good a retirement as Lava Man, who is still the star of Doug O'Neill's barn.
Mark D More than 1 year ago
I loved this horse...made a lot of $$$ betting on him. His odds were always good...because the entire backside knew what a cripple he was. He was on bad step away from breaking down every race....but he was a rare one who just ran and ran, He never switched leads...but he kept running.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Do you think they shot him up to get him running so well? He was really good early this year.
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
I don't think it was drugs that got Comma his wins, it was something called ""HEART."
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
Comma To The Top, all connections, THANK YOU.
Michael More than 1 year ago
This article is about Tyler Baze and his fight against alcohol................not comma to the top. I know you are trying to get your comments in for free.......come on man
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Uh. The headline reads" Hollywood Park: Millionaire Comma to the Top retired at 5."