Alcohol puts jockeys Borel, Tyler Baze in hot water
Calvin Borel, three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby, a 2011 Hall of Fame finalist, and currently leading rider at Ellis Park in Kentucky, was arrested in Evansville, Ind., Saturday for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.
Borel, 44, reportedly was stopped by police at about 10 p.m. as he was pulling into a hotel in Evansville where he has been staying. Borel was released on a $100 bond Sunday morning from the Vanderburgh County Jail, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, which quoted Borel’s agent, Jerry Hissam, saying the jockey’s blood-alcohol level was slightly over the 0.08 legal limit in Indiana. Borel is due in court on Monday.
Meanwhile, Daily Racing Form reports that Tyler Baze, the 2000 Eclipse Award-winning apprenctice jockey, has been off his mounts at Del Mar since Friday after failing a breathalyzer test earlier that day. The Form said Baze arrived at the track to view films of an incident that occurred on Thursday, and his behavior led stewards to send the 28-year-old jockey to the track physician, who tested Baze both for pain medication and alcohol. Steward Scott Chaney told the Form tests were negative for pain medication but that Baze was over the legal limit for alcohol. Baze is to meet on Wednesday with stewards to determine whether he can ride his scheduled mounts that day.
Baze previously failed a brethalyzer test and taken off his mount in the $500,000 Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park in October 2005.
Baze currently ranks ninth in the Del Mar rider standings with nine victories from 106 mounts.
Previous published reports, quoting his agent, Craig O’Bryan, said Baze took himself off mounts because of a tailbone injury.