Jack Carava, who saddled better than 1,100 winners in a career dating back to 1986, has announced he is trading in his stopwatch in exchange for a condition book, as he will book mounts on behalf of Tyler Baze beginning with the Santa Anita fall meet Sept. 19. Baze is returning to California following 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.”
Carava, the son of a trainer, worked for Jerry Fanning and Joe Griffin before launching his own stable in 1987. Carava celebrated the best year of his career in 2001, sending out 74 winners from 355 starters (21%) and was the leading conditioner at the Hollywood Park Spring/Summer meeting that year and at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meet in 2002. He retires with stable earnings of $32.4 million and five graded wins, including the 2006 GI Bing Crosby H. with Washington-bred Pure As Gold (Stolen Gold).