10/26/2013 4:45PM

Santa Anita: Suspended jockey Baze denied reinstatement

Benoit & Associates
Suspended jockey Tyler Baze was denied reinstatement by the Santa Anita stewards Saturday.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Jockey Tyler Baze, who has been suspended since June for failing a sobriety test at Betfair Hollywood Park, has been denied reinstatement by the Santa Anita stewards for failure to comply with the terms of his summertime suspension, according to a ruling issued Saturday.

In a two-paragraph ruling, the stewards said Baze failed to undergo evaluation with the Winners Foundation, which aids people in racing with substance-abuse problems. Saturday’s ruling states that Baze must be evaluated by the Winners Foundation “and abide by the terms set forth by that organization” before a fitness-for-license hearing will be held.

Baze did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment Saturday.

On Oct. 19, Baze attended a fitness-for-license hearing with stewards Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer, and Tom Ward, requesting reinstatement. At the time, California Horse Racing Board investigators argued that Baze should not be allowed to request reinstatement until Oct. 19, 2014, because of an arrest for driving under the influence in Santa Rosa, Calif., in late July.

Baze was involved in a traffic accident in Santa Rosa and was jailed for five days for driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. Baze had a blood-alcohol level of 0.354 percent, more than four times the California legal limit of 0.08, according to California Highway Patrol records.

At the Oct. 19 hearing, Baze’s attorney argued that the jockey should be reinstated under a conditional license that requires random substance-abuse testing.

On July 7, Baze was suspended 120 days, retroactive to June 13, for failing the sobriety test at Hollywood Park, a violation of a provisional license he signed with the racing board in 2012.

The terms of the suspension dictated that Baze attend a 60-day in-house residency rehabilitation program, undergo evaluation with the Winners Foundation, comply with the terms of a testing agreement with the racing board, and attend a fitness hearing with the stewards.

Baze did not attend the evaluation meeting with the Winners Foundation, the stewards said Saturday.

The July suspension was the second for Baze in two years. Baze, 31, was suspended at Del Mar in August 2011 for failing to take a breath test. The terms of that suspension required a 30-day residency rehabilitation program. Baze did not immediately comply with those terms and was reinstated under a conditional license in October 2012.

At the time of his suspension last summer, Baze was in the midst of an excellent 2013 season. On June 13, he was tied for the lead in the jockeys’ standings at the spring-summer meeting at Hollywood Park. Baze is best known for winning the Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding apprentice jockey of 2000.

TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
".354"!!! WOW! that's a lot of Wild Turkey! I think its safe to say,he should do a TOTAL reevaluation of his career. that being said.....hope he gets the RIGHT kind of help. good luck Tyler, and be thankful you didn't kill yourself or some other innocent driver!
Glenn Staubs More than 1 year ago
Another case of fame and fortune being lost to drugs . When will people realize that isn't the way to go , probably never, the temptation is too great for some
will More than 1 year ago
Kind of agreeing with some of the negative people. Soooo many jockeys never even get the chance to race (on a good horse), Tyler has had plenty. Its just like any other sport, I have no idea why Michael Vick was not only allowed back, but as a starting quarterback (well thats different the teams wanted him for his ability), but still Baze broke the rules, seems willingly so. Not much sympathy needed, others are waiting in the wings, let them have a go and see if they screw it up.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Vick deserved a 2nd chance & made the most of it. He has been an exemplary citizen after his incarceration. I don't agree w what he did, but he did his time and all worked out well afterwards. Regarding Baze, he deserved a reinstatement if he complied. However, he didn't comply w the regulations given to him. When he does, he should be reevaluated & reinstated if necessary
Hail No More than 1 year ago
vick deserves vick
Mortimer Post More than 1 year ago
As long as he's not drunk while riding in a race, I don't care--it's just another hurdle set up by the neo-prohibs.
John Nicoletti More than 1 year ago
Really.? A confirmed alcoholic, and Baze certainly is, will only jeopardize everyone around him. These folks are never ever really sober, and their minds and judgement, will always be compromised. I was a thoroughbred owner, and had first hand experience with riders with the same problem. Not a very good situation, for all concerned. He needs the counseling. Good luck Tyler.
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
so then when will they throw out all the people drugging up the horses, since we're so concerned about safety
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
I hope he can turn his life around. I have never bet him. I am a MSW, graded stakes, pick 4 better. Hope Gomez does not retire. Gomez and Pedroza those are my guys.
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
I never throw a horse out based on the Jockey. You never hit the longshots if you do that. I learned that lesson too many times
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
But Yeah, I can see MSW , and Grade I,II stakes races avoiding the little used Jocks. I do that. But to hit a good pick 4 you'll need the longshots and they're most likely the Jockeys people do not like,.
Scott Scheib More than 1 year ago
so so Jock and a drunk, he had enough chances. there are many young jocks that are better and want the mounts. move on
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
agree 100%.....
Kenny More than 1 year ago
bunch of self rightous ba#$%tards!!
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
So there is not a lot of young jockeys that want his mounts. He could go out of state small track put his life together then come back to the big tracks. Be a good comeback story. Its not self righteous. No one is asking him to be ban for life. He does not have the resume for a million excuses that is how life is. Hard
Scott Scheib More than 1 year ago
absolutely. I guess we can "assume" since he is drunk when driving that he is drunk when "riding" which is unacceptable for the animals and the other jocks. there is nothing self righteous about keeping everyone safe and giving opportunities to jockeys that value the mounts. just shows how stupid and hypocritical Kenny is. idiot
Brad Auger More than 1 year ago
Agree 100%........next
hialeah More than 1 year ago
"blood-alcohol level of 0.354 percent" A) you should be passed out B) you should be dead already C) you got a faulty reading or D) you need a better lawyer
Bob Rose More than 1 year ago
not impressed More than 1 year ago
He's a functioning alcoholic, that's why he can tolerate and function at that level. Sad, but if he keeps going this way, he won't live to see 40.
Mike Cavanagh More than 1 year ago
I hope that Tyler turns things around. He is a great Jock and an outstanding young man.
Mike Cavanagh More than 1 year ago
I really hope that Tyler turns it around. He is a great Jock and a good young man.
Marc More than 1 year ago
Give the kid a break, of course he MUST comply with the terms demanded by the stewards/racing board first. PVal was given many opportunities even when he didn't deserve them. More important right now is the situation with Garrett Gomez. What were his mounts for Breeders Cup and which jocks will be picking up his mounts. Bettors need to KNOW MORE.