Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Jockey found dead in car at Churchill Downs

Jockey Michael Baze was found dead in his car, near gate 5 at Churchill Downs late Tuesday afternoon. Police don't believe there was any foul play involved, but are investigating.

Baze, from Washington state, had won some 918 race and made over $32 million during his horse racing career including nearly $1.2 million this year.

His last ride was nearly two weeks ago at Keeneland.

Baze was considered an up and coming star in the business and came from a family of Jockey's including his cousin, Russell Baze, the all-tiem leader in horse racing wins.

An autopsy on Baze is planned for today, so authorities can determine why he died.

Since we can't get any of the TV stories to embed, we'll have to show you an interview with young Mr. Baze done last year by Clocker's Corner.

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