“He had told me many times he was not afraid of dying.
Life is too short to sit around and wonder what if,” she said.
Michael Baze was fond of donating toys to the families of backstretch workers and bringing doughnuts for the grooms in the mornings.
“He was always sweet, like he didn’t have a mean bone in his body,” jockey Chantal Sutherland said.
“He had fallen on hard times recently and was battling depression,” she said. He wanted the best for me and felt he couldn’t give it.
“It would have been our third wedding anniversary.” The couple was separated at the time of Baze’s death, with Kelly living in suburban Glendora and her husband trying to revive his career back East.“MC may be gone from this earth, but his memory will live forever in our hearts.” MC was her husband’s initials, Michael Carl. “You get used to it and you know what it’s like and you want it all the time. “I just know he was a real sweetheart.” It was the third memorial for Baze since his death, with others held at Churchill Downs and Emerald Downs near Seattle, where the family is from.Baze moved to Chicago last year and won the riding title at Arlington Park. Tyler Baze recalled he and Michael were more like brothers than cousins. “We’d walk out of the jocks’ room and say, ‘OK, let’s get the exacta.’ I don’t know how many times we got the exacta, but it was a lot.” Baze’s family said those wanting to contribute to the Michael Baze Memorial Fund to help defray funeral expenses may do so at any Bank of America location nationwide.In episode two, 19-year-old arrogant young jockey Joe Talamo is riding I Want Revenge in an important qualifying race.Joe’s issue is that he is so young and he needs to show everyone that being young is not a detriment in racing horses.In the first episode, Kristin owns a horse that she decides to run in a claiming race and wants Chantal to race it.At first, it looks like another trainer has claimed the horse, but Kristin has managed to fool everyone into not placing a claim on her horse.“Before I knew it, he was kicking my butt out on the racetrack.I was always so proud of him, kind of felt like I had a little piece of (his success).” Baze took out his jockey’s license at Hollywood Park on his 16th birthday.“From March on, he’s been really good,” she said, speaking in present tense about her late son.“I talked to him Monday before this happened and he was happy as could be.” That’s how Baze’s family, friends, fellow jockeys and racetrack regulars chose to remember the young man who hailed from a family famous for producing jockeys, including his cousin, Russell Baze, thoroughbred racing’s all-time leading rider.