09/23/2012 6:00PM

Santa Anita: Tyler Baze allowed to resume riding

Benoit & Associates
Tyler Baze began working out horses Sunday, but may not resume riding in races until next month at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Jockey Tyler Baze, who has not ridden since August 2011 because of substance abuse problems, began working horses at Santa Anita on Sunday, a day after having his license reinstated by Los Alamitos stewards.

Baze, who is currently undergoing residency treatment for alcoholism at a clinic in Pasadena, Calif., according to Los Alamitos stewards, is expected to resume riding in October at the Santa Anita fall meeting.

The Santa Anita meeting opens on Friday.

Baze met with Los Alamitos stewards Albert Christiansen, Jim Dreyer, and George Slender on Saturday to request reinstatement and discuss his ongoing treatments, Slender said. The jockey, best known for winning the Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding apprentice of 2000, has been given a conditional license that requires frequent drug testing and other terms, Slender said.

“He’s got to abide by the restrictions we place on him,” he said.

Slender said that Baze’s current residency treatment requires daily testing for alcohol, and that the rider is expected to reside there in the near future.

“I think he’ll be there for some time,” Slender said.

Slender noted that the rider’s demeanor has changed since the stewards last met with Baze in the spring.

“He was a lot different than last time,” Slender said. “He was very happy.”

Baze did not return a phone call seeking comment on Sunday afternoon.

It is not clear when Baze will return to riding. He told Los Alamitos stewards that he wanted to work horses to regain fitness before taking mounts.

Baze was suspended 90 days by Los Alamitos stewards last October after failing to abide by a testing agreement, conduct detrimental to racing, and for lying to Del Mar stewards about the circumstances of a missed Breathalyzer test on Sept. 1, 2011. In addition to the suspension, he was ordered to attend a 30-day residency treatment facility for alcoholism.

The case was heard by the Los Alamitos stewards because Del Mar stewards were actively involved in Baze’s case on the morning of Sept.1.

Baze could have been reinstated to ride last December, but did not attend the 30-day in-house treatment required by stewards until earlier this year. He was hospitalized in early March because of an alcohol-related illness.  The current residency treatment was not part of the October 2011 stewards ruling.

Baze approached Los Alamitos stewards about a possible reinstatement in April, but the case was postponed after the rider was arrested on an alcohol-related misdemeanor charge in Monrovia, Calif., in May. He was also arrested in late February and late April on unknown misdemeanor charges. Earlier this year, the Monrovia police department declined to state the nature of the charges against Baze.

Baze has won 1,809 races. He missed more than six months of riding,  from late July 2010 to April 2011, after he suffered facial injuries in an accident behind the starting gate at Del Mar.


Cover2 More than 1 year ago
Don't think Ty will make it in so cal, few mounts, move tack out of state & do well like a lot of athletes, excel when high, but not sober
HandicapperErni More than 1 year ago
Is he finally getting his act together?? Oh I hope so because he's such a talent isn't he!!
John Flynn More than 1 year ago
I wish him the very best. This photo - Tyler looks like he has been to Hell & Back. I remember seeing him on TVG - very young with braces on his teeth & young girls were in pusuit. Who knows how any of us will end up on this road of life. I just hope we all end up in a good way!!!
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
It sounds like Tyler is trying to "get his act together this time. It was hopeful that one of the Los Alamitos stewards noticed a change about him in that he was happy. Hope he conquers the alcohol and gets his life back. My prayers are with this young man.
Lenny Mamola More than 1 year ago
My God Ty You have god given talent ... whats between your ears?? Be cool dude, .. GO for the stars as a Jock...Is this what you want??? Then do it ....Sounds simple to me ....
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Good luck Tyler. Wish you the best in recovery.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
why does racing put up with all this nonsense,if you refuse to play by the rules out and thats it.this isnt a just a sport it a sport with a legalized gambling mandate,people put up large amounts of money and should expect that the jockey is not drunk or on drugs or dishonest and that the trainers are not cheating and actually in the race to win.if a casino had a rigged roulette wheel or the the card shoe at black jack was rigged it would be unacceptable and there would be an outcry and federal investigations,yet in this form of gambling because of the "sport"part anything goes,trainers dope horses jockeys pull horses and ride while drunk or worse and the circus goes on.
myjockwon More than 1 year ago
no one makes you follow horse racing if you don't like the way things are go else where
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
very smart defend drugged up drunk jockeys endangering themselves the horses and your money,way to go,you are a real smart fan.
myjockwon More than 1 year ago
i've been in the business for 32 years and i have to tell you not everyone is a crook,not the jocks not trainers as in every business were there is a lot of money to be made there will always be somebody trying to cheet. There is still a lot of good people in the game.
Babette Cade More than 1 year ago
Agreed myjockwon. Racing was here before gambling and gambling has brought with it notorious problems. It is a relief and a burden. You gambling dollar is not God Almighty. Could we get the politicians to remember this as well? How do the owners/trainers/vets/jocks get such a bad rap with attitudes like this from gamblers?
Five More than 1 year ago
Gambling dollar is the GOD Almighty. Without the gambling dollars, aka % takeout for the politicians, tracks, owners/trainers There would be no horse racing. Period. Politicians would not give a damn if not for their % of the takeout. You would not have a takeout if there's no gambling..........get it ? God bless the gambling dollar(s).
david More than 1 year ago
Yeah, if I were you I'd bet my hard earned money on the NFL or NBA. The contestants in those games never play drunk or high on pain killers. And they would never influence the outcome of a contest. Seriously dude, any person who bets money on a horse race, other than for pure entertainment, should have their head examined.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
lets see david acording to you,theres cheating and drug use in the nfl and nba therefore its acceptable in horseracing.you are forgetting one little detail its illegal in most states to bet on the nba or the nfl.racing has a federally mandated legal gambling status,therefore it has a responsability to be clean.just like its unacceptable for a legal casino roullete wheel or blackjack to be rigged,so too it should be in racing.if it was just a sport not a legalized form of gambling,thats paid for by people who bet on the races,i would not care if it was crooked.
david More than 1 year ago
No, you missed my point entirely. I was making fun of people who bet money on the NFL, NBA, or horse racing.
Josh More than 1 year ago
Lost cause, vice president of the P Val club for losers!
Jack More than 1 year ago
Tyler in case yout treatment doesn't work, which I hope it does, you should read the BOOK,"How to beat the SYSTEM and RIDE High FOREVER" by P.VAL...................
Steven G More than 1 year ago
good luck tyler you are 1 of my HEROS you are a very good rider ! STAY STRONG YOU DONT NEED THAT ALC
Guy More than 1 year ago
This young man has such a great opportunity again...hope he makes the best of it. Stay clean and healthy Tyler!