(Tyler Baze and Green Destiny winning the TwinSpires.com Ellis Park Debutante / Coady Photography & Courtesy of Ellis Park)
(Jockey Tyler Baze boots home Rowdy Yates to victory in the TwinSpires.com Ellis Park Juvenile on Sunday / Coady Photography & Courtesy of Ellis Park)
Tyler Baze had a “Super Sunday” at Ellis Park.
His horses won both the TwinSpires.com Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes and the TwinSpires.com Ellis Park Debutante Stakes. Impressively. Easily. Convincingly.
Rowdy Yates was an easy winner in the Juvenile.
Green Destiny was an easy winner in the Debutante.
And, if that was not enough, and it truly wasn’t, Baze won another race, as well.
As a result, Baze — riding the entire meet for the first time and riding first saddle for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen — has, er, galloped his way back into contention for the meet’s leading rider as we head into the final days of the 2019 meet. After Sunday’s races were all said and done, Baze has now accomplished a 19-19-16 record in 133 mounts and has amassed a total of $655,361 in purses.
That puts Baze just a single win behind 5-time meet Champ Corey Lanerie, who has a 20-20-10 mark in just 99 rides this meet.
James Graham, one of the more likable and affable riders in any meet, is also tied with 19 wins, and has added 21 seconds and 19 thirds in 129 mounts.
As Ellis puts a ribbon on this year’s meet by Labor Day, it now appears all three riders are in a race to the wire to see who can win this meet’s Jockey Title.
Here’s a look at the Top 25 riders:
|3||Corey J. Lanerie||99||20||20||10||$629,038||20%||50||51%|
|4||Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.||98||12||11||16||$575,810||12%||39||40%|
|13||Calvin H. Borel||57||7||8||8||$252,232||12%||23||40%|
|19||Joseph Rocco, Jr.||43||6||2||8||$130,808||14%||16||37%|
|20||Jon Kenton Court||57||4||3||3||$121,952||7%||10||18%|
|22||Jesus Lopez Castanon||17||3||2||3||$113,303||18%||8||47%|
|25||Julien R. Leparoux||4||1||0||1||$40,150||25%||2||50%|