TRAINER JACK CARAVA ANNOUNCES CAREER SHIFT AS HE’LL NOW SERVE AS AGENT FOR JOCKEY TYLER BAZE, WHO RETURNS TO RIDE AT SANTA ANITA
BAZE SET TO REJOIN LOCAL JOCKEYS’ COLONY ON OPENING DAY, SATURDAY, SEPT. 19
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 9, 2020)–Popular trainer Jack Carava, who notched an upset win with his penultimate starter on Monday at Del Mar, has announced he’ll hang up his morning stopwatch and embrace Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet Condition Book One as he’ll now serve as agent for jockey Tyler Baze, who is returning to ride full time at The Great Race Place after an eight month absence.
“The time is right,” said Carava, 54, who has operated both a public and private stable in Southern California for the past 33 years. “I’ve had a lot of success with Tyler over the years and he’s probably the hardest working jock I’ve ever known. I love training, but my stable has contracted over the past couple years and when Tyler called me, I realized this is a great opportunity.
“He rode at Oaklawn this winter and he’s been in Kentucky all summer. He’s excited to be back home with his family and he’s got a lot customers here that are anxious to get him back on their horses. It’ll take a little time to let everyone know that we’re working together, but with Tyler’s work ethic, I know we’re gonna be in good shape. The book is out, so I’ve already taken some calls and we’ll just approach everything day by day.”
The son of a trainer, Carava worked under trainers Jerry Fanning and Joe Griffin prior to setting out on his own in 1987. With his win in Monday’s fifth race at Del Mar with Harper’s Gallop ($15.80), Carava, who was Hollywood Park’s Spring Summer leader in 2001 and was leading trainer at Santa Anita’s 2002 Oak Tree Meet, leaves his shed row with 1,107 career wins, which contributed to stable earnings of $32.4 million and also included five graded stakes victories.
Baze, 37, who was America’s Eclipse Award winning apprentice jockey in 2000, won the $500,000 More Than Ready Stakes with longshot Barrister Tom ($90.00) for trainer Michael Ewing at Kentucky Downs on Labor Day, giving him 2,718 career wins. He and his wife Christina reside in nearby Monrovia with their two daughters, Emilia, six, and Isla, four, along with one son, Luca, three.
Santa Anita’s 18-day Autumn Meeting will open on Saturday, Sept. 19 and run through Sunday, Oct. 25.