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Baze Heads back to Derby on Mad

May 4, 2005
By Daily News Staff and Wire Services
Los Angeles Daily News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Tyler Baze, the 22-year-old emerging star among Southern California jockeys, was named Tuesday to ride Don't Get Mad in Saturday's Kentucky Derby. It will be Baze's second Kentucky Derby. He finished 14th aboard Indian Express in 2003.

Trainer Ron Ellis made the announcement a day after Don't Get Mad was assured a spot in the 20-horse Derby because of the withdrawal of injured Consolidator.

Baze, of the Washington state racing family that produced Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, rode Don't Get Mad in all three of his Santa Anita starts this year, running second to Fusaichi Rock Star in the San Vicente, third behind Consolidator in the San Felipe and sixth behind Buzzards Bay in the Santa Anita Derby.

Gary Stevens rode Don't Get Mad in last Saturday's Derby Trial at Churchill Downs when the colt rallied from last to win by seven lengths and earn a Derby berth. Stevens had already committed to Florida Derby runner-up Noble Causeway for the Derby.

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