Baze is “Ablaze” at Ellis Park & Leads the Jockey Standings

(Jockey Tyler Baze / Photo Courtesy of Del Mar)

When Tyler Baze moved his tack from the troubled waters of West Coast racing earlier this spring, many in the Midwest thought that the talented jockey would definitely live up to his name and reputation.

In other words?

He would set the circuit, ahem, ablaze, and that he could and would become one of the most sought after riders in any jockey room that he decided to hang his game and his riding helmet.

It took awhile.

It may have taken a bit longer that most wanted.

But it is happing.

Tyler Baze is currently setting Ellis Park on fire, so far this meet. After just 47 mounts, the former California-based rider has compiled 9 wins, 7 seconds and 2 thirds. He has won 19% of his races, and his horses have hit the bard a whopping .38% of the time.

The 9 wins give Baze a 2-win edge over Miguel Mena in the race for the Jockey’s Title at the “Pea Patch.” Men has a tidy 7-5-2 mark in just 38 races, to date. Another win back, and alone in third place with 6 wins is veteran James Graham, who has a record of 6-9-7 in 49 rides.

The most impressive riding statistic, though, may be held by another former California rider. Chris Landeros, who has now switched his tack to Saratoga, has ridden three horses at Ellis Park this meet.  All three of them found the wire first, and ended up tin the winner’s circle. That’s hard to beat.

Here’s a closer look at the Top 25 riders so far this meet:

1Tyler Baze47972$251,17719%1838%
2James Graham49697$201,61512%2245%
3Miguel Mena38752$195,94818%1437%
4Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.32536$174,77716%1444%
5Corey J. Lanerie24562$154,16321%1354%
6Rayan Gazader25522$139,71820%936%
7Florent Geroux16413$125,96425%850%
8Declan Carroll29345$116,81310%1241%
9Shaun Bridgmohan6220$99,90033%467%
10Calvin H. Borel18224$87,76811%844%
11David Cohen26472$82,41815%1350%
12Gabriel Saez19156$80,1815%1263%
13Chris Landeros3300$74,400100%3100%
14Declan Cannon21335$67,99514%1152%
15Edgar Morales32123$61,3143%619%
16Adam Beschizza25034$59,1140%728%
17Channing Hill14220$58,47314%429%
18Jesus Lopez Castanon12123$50,6888%650%
19Chantal Sutherland24220$43,5788%417%
20Joseph Rocco, Jr.12203$41,47317%542%
21Julien R. Leparoux4101$40,15025%250%
22Jack Gilligan18301$34,66017%422%
23Stewart Elliott7010$17,8900%114%
24Martin Chuan4101$13,03025%250%
25Jon Kenton Court19002$12,2250%211%

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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