Updated on 10/06/2012 11:38PM

Santa Anita: Tyler Baze delivers $112 upset in first day back race-riding

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Tyler Baze rode his first race on Friday since August 2011.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Tyler Baze needed less than three hours to find the first winner of his comeback.

Returning from a suspension for substance-abuse problems, Baze won with his second and final mount at Santa Anita on Friday – the longshot Warren’s Sugarbuzz ($112.60) in the sixth race over six furlongs.

Baze was reinstated from a suspension last month by Los Alamitos stewards and began working horses in late September. He was suspended for failing to take a Breathalyzer test at Del Mar in September 2011.

With his first mount Friday, Baze finished ninth in the first race on Roulette It Roll. Warren’s Sugarbuzz was his second mount.

After the win, Baze expressed remorse over the events that kept him sidelined for more than a year.

“I’ve been getting my life straightened out,” Baze said. “I put myself in a bad situation. Right now, I need to focus on my day-to-day job.

“This is what I’ve lived to do and the only thing I know how to do.”

Warren’s Sugarbuzz races for owner-breeder Ben Warren and trainer Jorge Gutierrez. They earned Baze’s gratitude for giving him a chance in his comeback.

“Them putting me on is a big step in them having faith in me,” Baze said in the winner’s circle.

Best known for winning the Eclipse Award as the outstanding apprentice of 2000, Baze, 29, has been given a conditional license that requires frequent drug testing. As part of that agreement, Baze must check in with California Horse Racing Board investigators on a daily basis and is subject to random breath and urine tests.

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.

Baze, who has won 1,810 races, told Los Alamitos stewards last month that he was undergoing residency treatment for alcoholism at a clinic in Pasadena, Calif. Such treatment was required for Baze to be reinstated.  He met with Los Alamitos stewards on Sept. 22, seeking reinstatement.

HandicapperErni More than 1 year ago
Tyler Baze just brought a 55-1 shot home for the win in the 6th. Great to see him win especially on his 1st day back. I think that talent is still there. i've always prefered tyler over a few other riders here and am not a fan of maldonado or even martin garcia.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Good for you, Tyler!! Congratulations to you on the fine ride on Warren's Sugarbuzz.
Memo Viento More than 1 year ago
Pale Rider, You talk like a certifiable idiot. It is people like you that actually give racing the bad name some days with foolish statements like you saying. .."the boys set this up nice!" This sport is regulated more than any other professional sport. Do all of us carrying a license in this industry a favor and shut your mouth.
Dawood K More than 1 year ago
Your licence is no good, flush it down the toilet after you use it, ofcourse right away. I have no idea what area of the racing industry you are affiliated with, but it seems like you must be just a hang on type of guy trying to get a paying job in this industry. Racing industry is filled to the top with corrupt, sleazy guys. Roger Stein probably knows you all very well and hates your guts. Like to see you come on his radio show for defending your " Racing Industry "
Pale Rider More than 1 year ago
Dawood, you know and I know that things go on in horse racing. My observations over the years make me suspicious when I see something like this. I wish I had been at a sports book and saw Tyler coming back because i would have bet him on a hunch. That's all. Memo lost his marbles for some reason, maybe he knows more than he indicates. I love horse racing and just keep my eyes and ears open! An example is I love show betting when the bridge jumpers are out! It is real nice when it hits..
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
HA HA. As a player for 30 years,this "sport" is the dirtiest in the world,always has been and always will be
Pale Rider More than 1 year ago
You talk like an idiot yourself. Sorry I hit a raw nerve with you.. How many trainers are suspended for drugging horses? That's when they catch them. Check your facts before shooting off your dumb mouth!
Greg Fasching More than 1 year ago
Atta boy buddy. Proud of you man. You've come a long way in the last year. You're gonna do good.
Pale Rider More than 1 year ago
Wow, the boys set this up nice! Sorry, I'm always suspicious when a jock returns after a layoff and scores a big win! It happens a lot. I like Baze and if I was an owner i would ride him.
Dawood K More than 1 year ago
You are damn right. I have seen this happen since the last 50yrs in Southern Cal tracks. I hope he had a ton of money on this longshot, because he wont see the winner circle for a long time to come. Remember Steve Cauthen ? After winning the triple crown he went winless for almost 120 mounts at santa anita and hollywood park, finally he won on a horse trained by Frankel, after that he left for England and Europe where he broke nothing but records. This is life when you mess around with them ponies for a living.
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
I think what happened and why the horse paid so much is the fact that many people saw Tyler Baze name and did not bet it. So, it is not any "boys" setting up anything it is more like the public did not have faith that this young man pulled it together. That horse should have been more like an 8-1 shot.
Pale Rider More than 1 year ago
Sorry I offended some posters. I have seen this incident on many occasions. When a jock is returning from an injury or suspension they seem to get a good paying win. Maybe they are trying extremely hard to score a win. Also, I think if I knew when a jocks child support. alimony, or car payment was due I would be a millionaire.. Hey, Can't we have a little fun on this board...
Jim Syoen More than 1 year ago
Stay clear of P Val!
himmelle More than 1 year ago
Good for him!!
denali1 More than 1 year ago
Everyone deserves another chance Good Luck Baze!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Welcome back T.BAZE!!!!! way to go!!!!
georget More than 1 year ago
You can't ask for a better statement. At this moment, he's right where he should be, in the right frame of mind. Using those (&%^#*# ) drugs puts the mind in a false place of security, so strong that before you know it, you can't cope with reality. He's admitting that. He should not be castigated but understood. He's been his own victim and learned. And this has to last. He has to get a lot of time straight under his belt to gain the confidence of trainers and owners. This re-awareness and knowledge is fresh and real. He needs to remember to appreciates how much better of a place he's now in. He seems to appreciate life, and the opportunity that is knocking. Hopefully his family, comraderie from his fellow jocks, and perhaps some healthy spiritual understanding will continue to support, and be welcomed, by him.