Jockey who rode Nehro to February win at Oaklawn dies

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.