(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:
|4||Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.||32||5||3||6||$174,777||16%||14||44%|
|5||Corey J. Lanerie||24||5||6||2||$154,163||21%||13||54%|
|10||Calvin H. Borel||18||2||2||4||$87,768||11%||8||44%|
|18||Jesus Lopez Castanon||12||1||2||3||$50,688||8%||6||50%|
|20||Joseph Rocco, Jr.||12||2||0||3||$41,473||17%||5||42%|
|21||Julien R. Leparoux||4||1||0||1||$40,150||25%||2||50%|
|25||Jon Kenton Court||19||0||0||2||$12,225||0%||2||11%|