LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A 24-year-old jockey who rode this year's
Kentucky Derby second-place finisher to his only win has been found
dead in his vehicle at Churchill Downs.
Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Jim Wesley says Michael Baze of
Glendora, Calif., was pronounced dead at 4:47 p.m. EDT Tuesday in
his vehicle parked in the stable area of the track.
Louisville police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley says there were no
signs of foul play and the case was being treated as a death
investigation. An autopsy is planned.
Churchill Downs spokesman John Asher says Baze was a cousin of
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, the all-time leading rider in
thoroughbred racing, and son of retired jockey Mike Baze.
Michael Baze rode Nehro to a win Feb. 21 at Oaklawn.