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Jockey Michael Baze died of accidental overdose, coroner reports

June 3, 2011 |  2:49 pm

Michael Baze, the jockey who was found dead in his vehicle at Churchill Downs last month, died of an accidental overdose of cocaine and a prescription pain medication, the Jefferson County, Ky., coroner's office said Friday.

Deputy coroner Jim Wesley said the 24-year-old Glendora resident died of multiple substance intoxication, with significant amounts of cocaine and oxymorphone in his system.

Baze had been scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing on a charge of first-degree possession of cocaine days after his May 10 death. He was arrested near downtown Louisville in November after a detective found a small bag of cocaine in his pants pocket, according to the arrest warrant.

In his nine-year horse racing career, Baze won 918 of nearly 7,000 starts and earned more than $32 million.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Michael Baze. Credit: Associated Press / Benoit Photo