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.