Baze’s “Super Sunday” Puts Him Back In Running For Ellis Park’s Rider’s Title

(Tyler Baze and Green Destiny winning the Ellis Park Debutante / Coady Photography & Courtesy of Ellis Park)

(Jockey Tyler Baze boots home Rowdy Yates to victory in the 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 Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes and the 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:

1Tyler Baze133191916$655,36114%5441%
2James Graham129192119$640,01515%5946%
3Corey J. Lanerie99202010$629,03820%5051%
4Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.98121116$575,81012%3940%
5Miguel Mena114131810$518,52711%4136%
6Florent Geroux4011310$440,51228%2460%
7Declan Carroll831389$332,63916%3036%
8Shaun Bridgmohan26753$309,25027%1558%
9Declan Cannon638612$273,06913%2641%
10Gabriel Saez624139$272,7236%2642%
11David Cohen78111212$263,09714%3545%
12Rayan Gazader7691211$256,87812%3242%
13Calvin H. Borel57788$252,23212%2340%
14Adam Beschizza53466$232,7128%1630%
15Edgar Morales79566$178,3916%1722%
16Chantal Sutherland54645$154,35311%1528%
17Channing Hill32531$148,52816%928%
18Martin Chuan21544$144,80524%1362%
19Joseph Rocco, Jr.43628$130,80814%1637%
20Jon Kenton Court57433$121,9527%1018%
21Jack Gilligan56536$119,5179%1425%
22Jesus Lopez Castanon17323$113,30318%847%
23Tyler Gaffalione6111$77,83017%350%
24Chris Landeros3300$74,400100%3100%
25Julien R. Leparoux4101$40,15025%250%

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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