Jockey Tyler Baze allowed to resume riding

Jockey Tyler Baze will be allowed to resume riding in races Jan.

1 as long as he abides by several conditions set by the California

Horse Racing Board.

Baze was able to exercise horses starting Saturday in his return

to the saddle after being sidelined since June when his license was

suspended after he failed a sobriety test at Betfair Hollywood


The 31-year-old rider completed a required 60-day residency in a

substance abuse program in early October, but was denied

reinstatement because he had not undergone an evaluation by the

Winner’s Foundation, a group that offers help and counseling to

racing industry members with alcohol and drug problems in Southern


The racing board ruled Friday that as long as he is licensed in

California, Baze must abide by the terms of a contract with the

Winner’s Foundation that he signed in late October; participate in

a sobriety monitoring program; appear in person before the CHRB

investigative staff each day he is named to ride; and promptly

report any interaction with law enforcement to the CHRB staff.

Among the requirements of Baze’s contract with the Winner’s

Foundation is that he stay in a sober living house for at least a

year and allow the foundation to test him with a field Breathalyzer

at its discretion.

Baze won the 2000 Eclipse Award as the nation’s top apprentice

jockey. He is a cousin of Russell Baze, thoroughbred racing’s

career wins leader among jockeys. Another cousin, rider Michael

Baze, died from an accidental overdose of cocaine and prescription

pain medication in 2011 at age 24.

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