Wednesday, January 31, 2001
Friend who found jockey doubts findings
LOS ANGELES -- Cuts and bruises on Chris Antley's body, and
blood spattered on his clothing, the floor and walls of his home
initially led police to suspect the jockey was the victim of a
But after an autopsy concluded he died of an overdose of several
drugs, police and a county coroner returned to Antley's Pasadena
home for a followup investigation that "does not support foul
play," according to the final autopsy report released Wednesday.
Friend Cathy Park, who along with Antley's brother discovered
the jockey's body Dec. 2, read the report and said she believes
Antley was involved in a struggle the night he died.
As evidence, she cites the trauma to Antley's head, as well as
bruises and abrasions to his arms, hands and right foot. However,
the autopsy found his scalp and arm injuries were nonfatal.
"I just don't know how he got all those injuries. There's quite
a few," said Park, who regularly looked in on Antley. "Chris
couldn't have done that to himself, I don't think."
Police initially investigated the death as a homicide, saying
the 34-year-old Antley had "severe head trauma." But the 40-page
autopsy report said there were no skull fractures and puncture
marks on Antley's body did not extend through his scalp or into his
"I think there was a struggle there," said Park, who last saw
and spoke to Antley the afternoon of his death. "I was there every
day. He didn't have any bruises on him. When I saw Chris and talked
to him, he was not high on anything."
In early January, the coroner ruled Antley's death was
accidental, the result of multiple drug intoxication. The cuts and
abrasions were attributed to Antley being in a drug-induced haze
and possibly falling down while under the influence.
Toxicology reports showed Antley had a lethal level of
Clobenzorex, a diet pill that metabolized into amphetamine in his
blood. Also, methamphetamine and Tegretol, an anti-seizure
medication, were "at or near toxic levels in the blood," the
The autopsy report provides greater detail of the scene at
Antley's home and the injuries on his body.
Numerous pill containers and medications were found in the
bedrooms, scattered pills were on the floor and 35 gel capsules --
later identified as Clobenzorex -- were collected. The coroner's
office said it had never before seen Clobenzorex, which is not sold
in the United States.
Police continue to look into how Antley, a two-time Kentucky
Derby winner, obtained the drugs.
Antley was found lying in a hallway, where blood was spattered
low on the walls as though he had been crawling, the coroner's
report said. His white T-shirt and beige jeans were covered with
The coroner's report included initial observations at the scene
that called Antley's death a homicide, described arm bruises as
appearing to be "defensive wounds from warding off blows" and
stated that there were "obvious signs of a struggle throughout the
A bedroom was in disarray and the door was torn from its hinges.
Blood was on the door and the location of drops of blood inside the
bedroom suggested to the investigator that Antley had stood behind
the door "trying to stave off his attacker."
The report noted there was no forced entry and no indication of