03/12/2011 1:46PM

Jockey Michael Baze fined after failing breathalyzer at Oaklawn


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Jockey Michael Baze has been fined $500 by the Oaklawn Park board of stewards for failing a breathalyzer test on Friday. He was taken off all his Friday mounts. The ruling was issued on Saturday.

Jay Fedor, who is Baze’s agent, said neither he nor Baze had a comment.

Baze is scheduled to ride at Oaklawn on Saturday, among his mounts is Rigoletta in the Grade 3, $125,000 Honeybee Stakes and It Happened Again in the Grade 3, $125,000 Razorback Handicap.

Baze, 23, is new to the Oaklawn meet after having ridden in Southern California. He ranked third in the standing through Friday, with 19 wins from 123 mounts for earnings of $526,301.