Baze Removed From Mounts Due to ‘Sobriety Setback’

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Rider Tyler Baze was removed from his Thursday mounts at Betfair Hollywood Park by officials following a violation of his contract with the California Horse Racing Board. Stewards told the Daily Racing Form that the violation stemmed from substance abuse testing.

“He’s had a setback pertaining to sobriety,” said track steward Scott Chaney.

Baze missed over a year of riding between 2011 and 2012 due to issues with alcohol and was given a conditional license last fall which requires frequent testing for banned substances, and also requires that he check in daily with racing board investigators.

Since his reinstatement, Baze has ridden 100 winners and finished the most recent Santa Anita meet fifth in the jockey standings.

Read more at the Daily Racing Form

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  • ziggypop

    It is a tough disease, and a lifetime battle. Blessings to him as he continues his fight.

  • blackcatlover

    Very sad to learn this. Always liked him as jockey.

  • Leo M.

    It’s a tough thing to conquer especially if you are surrounded by people that can influence you. Stay strong Tyler and surround yourself with people that truly care about you and don’t suspend him for a long period as this will only make it worse for him.

  • KatraB

    I pray for Tyler to get this “monkey off his back”! It is a difficult thing, but he can do it. Tyler is
    such an awesome race rider and such a natural. Keep the faith Tyler! God’s got your back!
    You have many fans who are sending good energy your way! ;)

  • Richard C

    It is best for a recovering addict to remove himself from the comfortable environment which can help trigger the run with personal demons. Perhaps he needs to relocate to another region in this nation for a real fresh start — where the focus can be on rebuilding the foundation of his life without so many (easy) temptations pulling him away from his successful career on the track.

  • we’re watching

    Stay with the program, it’s the only thing that works Tyler.

  • Francis Bush

    Tyler falls short of performance in life. Another person with fine potential and gifted life seeks help through useless habit. Imagine what he could achieve with a little more relief without alcohol, etc. How sad.

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