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

(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:

1 Tyler Baze 133 19 19 16 $655,361 14% 54 41%
2 James Graham 129 19 21 19 $640,015 15% 59 46%
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%
5 Miguel Mena 114 13 18 10 $518,527 11% 41 36%
6 Florent Geroux 40 11 3 10 $440,512 28% 24 60%
7 Declan Carroll 83 13 8 9 $332,639 16% 30 36%
8 Shaun Bridgmohan 26 7 5 3 $309,250 27% 15 58%
9 Declan Cannon 63 8 6 12 $273,069 13% 26 41%
10 Gabriel Saez 62 4 13 9 $272,723 6% 26 42%
11 David Cohen 78 11 12 12 $263,097 14% 35 45%
12 Rayan Gazader 76 9 12 11 $256,878 12% 32 42%
13 Calvin H. Borel 57 7 8 8 $252,232 12% 23 40%
14 Adam Beschizza 53 4 6 6 $232,712 8% 16 30%
15 Edgar Morales 79 5 6 6 $178,391 6% 17 22%
16 Chantal Sutherland 54 6 4 5 $154,353 11% 15 28%
17 Channing Hill 32 5 3 1 $148,528 16% 9 28%
18 Martin Chuan 21 5 4 4 $144,805 24% 13 62%
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%
21 Jack Gilligan 56 5 3 6 $119,517 9% 14 25%
22 Jesus Lopez Castanon 17 3 2 3 $113,303 18% 8 47%
23 Tyler Gaffalione 6 1 1 1 $77,830 17% 3 50%
24 Chris Landeros 3 3 0 0 $74,400 100% 3 100%
25 Julien R. Leparoux 4 1 0 1 $40,150 25% 2 50%

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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