05/18/2012 3:37PM

Tyler Baze return on hold after arrest


INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Jockey Tyler Baze’s expected return to riding this spring following a suspension last summer has been postponed indefinitely after he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge in Monrovia Calif., on Tuesday.

Officials with the Monrovia Police Department on Thursday would not state the nature of the arrest, citing a privacy policy. According to a person familiar with the case, Baze was arrested for an alcohol-related offense.

The arrest casts doubt on whether Baze will be restored to good standing in the near future. The Eclipse Award winner as the nation’s outstanding apprentice of 2000, Baze is currently suspended by the racing board for failing to take a Breathalyzer test at Del Mar last summer.

Baze was arrested at 9:25 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday and released at 5:50 a.m. on Wednesday. Bail was set at $250. It was his third arrest in 2012 by Monrovia police, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept.

Baze was arrested on Feb. 27 and on April 25 on unknown charges.

California Horse Racing Board investigators declined to discuss Baze’s case on Thursday.

Baze, 29, did not return a phone call on Thursday.

In a decision issued last October by Los Alamitos stewards, Baze was suspended 90 days, retroactive to Sept. 1, 2011, and instructed to complete a 30-day in-house alcohol counseling program at a rehabilitation facility before a possible reinstatement to riding.

The suspension was issued after Baze was cited for failing to abide by a testing agreement, conducted detrimental to racing, and for lying to Del Mar stewards about the circumstances of a missed Breathalyzer test on Sept. 1.

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, seeking his whereabouts.

Baze could have started the residency rehabilitation program last fall, but did not so until early March after he was hospitalized on the first weekend of the month because of an alcohol-related illness. The hospitalization occurred shortly after his Feb. 27 arrest.

Baze approached Los Alamitos stewards in April about a possible reinstatement. An initial hearing was conducted, but a second hearing, to discuss reinstatement terms, was postponed by the rider in late April.

As of Thursday, it was unclear how the case would proceed, and what it would take for Baze to regain the ability to ride. “He’s back to square one,” said one person familiar with the case.

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.

Last spring and summer, he slowly regained leading mounts, winning such major races as the Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap at Hollywood Park aboard Crown of Thorns and the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on Ultra Blend in early August.

When Baze completed the in-house residency program earlier this spring, some people close to the rider emphasized that the immediate priority was his long-term well-being and not necessarily being reinstated to ride.

Rob Brown More than 1 year ago
Miss you Tyler, get back soon buddy!!!
Clint More than 1 year ago
It's too bad that someone don't care enough to help him clean house. . He has had the same mooching scum bags living off him since he started riding. Until he ties a can to them he will never get back to the point that he was. The young man has some real inherited skills ans was taught by some real riders. get it together Tyler. If you cn get your drinking and fears of getting hurt again under control you can get back to the top. You have the skills, so use em!
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
I appreciate reading most of the decent comments below. Yes, he needs someone who is not after his hard earned money. Jockeys work so hard for their money and I hate to think he may be encouraged by anyone who supports his drinking. Yes, I too wish I was on the west coast to help him. There are however jockeys east of the Rockies, south and north of the US borders and around the globe with similar problems. Hope that the tracks can offer help in the way of chaplains, sponsors and 12 step programs to help these brave guys. Tyler, hang in there and I do hope you can find that good person who will help., If anyone do gooders offer to buy you a drink, run as far away as possible from them because that drink will ultimately coast you both money and your career I will keep you in my prayers
Lynda Tanner More than 1 year ago
Miss those Friday night skeet and trap shoots in Phonix Tyler. You had so much fun ding that.
julien richards More than 1 year ago
Ifeel for this young man, and hope he gets the help he needs.
oddsncarrollton More than 1 year ago
been wit ya from the start & we'll b here t-bone
littlelouis99 More than 1 year ago
tyler,don't let the demons win,you come from superior solid racing blood,take time off,come back to pacific northwest,don't worry about dough,get healthy,start enjoying the game again and re-break,baze=salty dog,don't be a pu--y,be a dog!!!
LAURA More than 1 year ago
I wish someone would reach out to him. We are sorry that we weren"t on west coast for Michael . This is a person that has a talent for for the horses. He is hurting his buddy died.
ECarlos727 More than 1 year ago
This kid needs help awesome person, but has to be hanging with the wrong crowd. Needs a something or someone or might end up like micheal!!