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Jockey Michael Baze, found dead in car, was facing cocaine charge [Updated]

May 11, 2011 | 11:42 am

Baze_225 Michael Baze, the 24-year-old Southern California jockey found dead in his vehicle Tuesday at Churchill Downs, had been charged with first-degree possession of cocaine in November and was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday, according to court records.

Baze was arrested by Louisville police Nov. 18 in a parking lot near downtown, according to the arrest warrant, after a detective found a small bag of suspected cocaine in Baze's pants pocket during a search of the jockey's vehicle.

Louisville police said they were awaiting autopsy results from the Jefferson County coroner before filing a report on Baze's death.

[Updated at 1:03 p.m.: Preliminary autopsy results found no anatomical cause of death, a Jefferson County deputy coroner said Wednesday. He added that the toxicology reports will take three weeks.]

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Michael Baze. Credit: Benoit Photo

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