Jockey Tyler Baze, suspended last year after failing to submit to a California Horse Racing Board mandated Breathalyzer test, has been admitted into a Southern California hospital for what Daily Racing Form, citing an unnamed family friend, reports as an “alcohol-related illness.” Baze, 29, has a history of suspensions due to problems related to alcohol. His former agent, Ivan Puhich, told Daily Racing Form the jockey is going to be taken to a rehabilitation facility for treatment following his release from the hospital.
Darrell Haire, western regional manager for the Jockeys' Guild and board member of the Winners Foundation, a Southern California racetrack counseling program, told the Form he has had “numerous” meetings with Baze. “He's not been listening to people who love and care for him,” Haire said. “We've spent a lot of time with him. We're all there for him. We don't know what to do. Everyone is doing what they can to help him.”
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