Thursday, December 7, 2000
Police reports show arrests, alleged threats
By Beth Harris Associated Press
PASADENA, Calif. -- A pattern of troubling behavior preceded
jockey Chris Antley's violent death, police reports show.
Chris Antley won his second Kentucky Derby in 1999 aboard Charismatic.
Antley was arrested twice on drug and alcohol charges, and his
pregnant wife claimed he threatened her in the months before he was
found dead, the reports said.
The two-time Kentucky Derby winner suffered from depression and
had problems with drugs and alcohol, which were evident in the
reports that Pasadena police released Wednesday at the request of
Antley, 34, was found dead in his Pasadena home Saturday with
severe head trauma. An autopsy conducted Tuesday was inconclusive, and further tests were expected to take six to eight weeks. Neither police nor the coroner have further explained the type of head trauma.
Cmdr. Mary Schander said police continue to investigate the
death as a homicide while awaiting the final autopsy results.
"We need to be sure from the coroner's report that the death
would be deemed a homicide," Schander said Wednesday. "If it's
not a homicide, we would not pursue the investigation."
Antley's arrests occurred in July and September, months after he
had stopped riding because he had ballooned to 23 pounds over his
riding weight of 117 pounds.
Antley was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and
marijuana on Sept. 28, when his wife could not reach him on the
phone from New Jersey and grew worried. Natalie Antley, who is a
feature producer for ABC Sports, lives on the East Coast.
Mrs. Antley, due to give birth to the couple's first child in
January, became so concerned that she called Pasadena police and
asked them to check up on her husband.
Officers arrived at Antley's home in an upscale neighborhood
near the Rose Bowl and found him and a house guest, 24-year-old
Timothy W. Tyler Jr. Police also found 1.05 grams of
methamphetamine, 3.60 grams of marijuana and equipment used in the
manufacture of methamphetamine, the report said. Both men were
Antley told police that Tyler had given him the drugs, the
Antley wasn't prosecuted because of an "inadmissible search and
seizure," according to the Los Angeles district attorney's office.
Tyler was charged with a misdemeanor related to his probation
from another drug case, the report said. Tyler was arrested Sunday
on three outstanding drug warrants. Police have said he is not a
suspect in Antley's death.
Antley told officers that he met Tyler while trying to obtain
marijuana and that he invited Tyler to his home, the report said.
However, Antley said Tyler took up residence in the house without
his consent, and police found the manufacturing equipment in the
room that Tyler had occupied, the report said.
When officers explained they were at the house in response to
his concerned wife, Antley replied that he did not want to pick up
the phone because "he was mad at his wife and did not want to deal
with her," the report said.
Antley's other arrest occurred July 26 after he was stopped in
Pasadena for driving under the influence and being an unlicensed
driver. His blood-alcohol level twice registered .26 percent, the
Antley told officers that he consumed a "big bottle of vodka"
when he awoke that day after having slept just three hours the
previous night, according to the report.
Police visited Antley's home Oct. 7 in response to a 911 hang-up
call. They found Tyler, his girlfriend Elizabeth Carlson, and their
baby in the house. Antley was not home at the time.
Carlson said Tyler was doing some work on the house for Antley
and was staying there, the report said.
Tyler was quoted in the police report that he had tried to leave
Antley's house in the past, but that "every time he had, Antley
had thrown away his tools."
Carlson told officers that Antley broke drinking glasses and was
throwing things the previous night. She said Antley kept telling
her that "he had a gun and would use it," according to the
While checking Antley's house, officers reported seeing broken
glass on the floor in each of the rooms, furniture that was tipped
over and "bizarre drawing on some of the walls."
Neither Tyler nor Carlson heard Antley make any direct threats
to anyone, but each told officers they were concerned by his
actions, the report said.
That day, Antley's wife was scheduled to arrive from New Jersey.
Antley said he was going to pick his wife up and told Carlson that
"she's gone" and "I'm going to do away with her," the report
Airport police were notified to see if Mrs. Antley was on the