03/12/2010 12:00AM

Michael Baze prepares to move tack


ARCADIA, Calif. - Jockey Michael Baze is ready to start over.

Thursday, he said he plans to relocate to the Midwest this summer, focusing on the Arlington Park meeting from April 29 through Sept. 26. Baze is hoping the move will help him win a third riding title. He was leading rider at the 2007 Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting and Del Mar meeting, but has seen his success slump in the last year.

Currently, he is tied for 14th in the jockey standings at the Santa Anita meeting, with 10 wins.

"People need to see me winning again, and when they see you win they'll ride you again," Baze said.

Earlier this week, agent Ron Ebanks left Michael Baze and his cousin Tyler Baze and began representing Joel Rosario, who won three riding titles in Southern California last year and is second in the standings at this meeting.

Michael Baze said he plans to ride at Santa Anita for the next month, and then may ride briefly at Keeneland in April before heading to Arlington Park.

Baze, 22, has not won a stakes since Mi Sueno won the Grade 1 Darley Debutante at Del Mar last summer. He did not rule out a return to Southern California at some point.

Zenyatta's workmate debuts

El Vino makes his career debut in a one-mile turf race at Santa Anita on Sunday. Considering the company he has kept in recent workouts, his seven rivals should be a much easier group.

Trained by John Shirreffs for Jerry and Ann Moss, El Vino has been working with the two-time champion Zenyatta at Hollywood Park. During the workouts, El Vino had led Zenyatta to the stretch before being passed.

Shirreffs says El Vino is the sort of colt that can run at a steady pace.

"A distance will help him because he's the kind that goes at a 12-and-change clip," Shirreffs said.

Shirreffs said El Vino could benefit from the experience of the race, and that he's not necessarily expecting a win. The trainer is not known for winning with first-time starters.

Puglisi takes out his frustrations

Jockey Iggy Puglisi was scheduled to meet with Santa Anita stewards on Saturday after being involved in an incident after the finish of Thursday's eighth race that led to him and jockey Chantal Sutherland being unseated.

Puglisi finished third aboard Harmony's Hope in the maiden claimer over five furlongs, but was visibly frustrated with the loss. After the finish, he appeared to strike his mount on the shoulder with his whip, lost his balance, and fell off the right side of the filly.

Senior Security, who finished seventh, appeared to react to Puglisi being unseated and drifted to the inside, causing Sutherland's mount, Sky Brite Miss, to veer quickly to the inside and unseat her.

Neither jockey was injured and both walked away, although Sutherland was on the ground for several minutes.

Puglisi was remorseful about the incident after the race, while speaking on HRTV.

"My horse came running on late and I was upset," he said.

Puglisi works as an exercise rider for David Hofmans, who trains Harmony's Hope. Hofmans condemned the incident on Friday morning.

"I was disappointed that it happened," he said. "I know emotions run high when you don't win a race, and he wanted to win."

Hofmans said that Puglisi cited soreness and did not work on Friday morning.

Summer plans for Big Cap also-rans

Jeranimo and St Trinians, who finished fourth and sixth in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 6, are being pointed for stakes in June.

Jeranimo, who finished seven lengths behind winner Misremembered in the Big Cap, will be given a 30-day break before resuming exercise, trainer Mike Pender said. His next goal is the $600,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 12.

"I want to run him on dirt and see how he handles it," Pender said.

Jeranimo has been based on California's synthetic tracks in his career.

St Trinians will be pointed for the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park on June 13, trainer Mike Mitchell said. The winner of the Grade 2 Santa Maria Handicap in February, she finished 7 1/4 lengths behind Misremembered.

Dancing in Silks gets time off

Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Dancing in Silks has been turned out for 60 days at a local farm after two losses in sprint stakes at this meeting.

Dancing in Silks finished fifth in the San Carlos Handicap here on Feb. 20, a month after finishing third in the Palos Verdes Handicap, his first start since the BC Sprint.

Trainer Carla Gaines said that Dancing in Silks underwent a nuclear scan test last week, which revealed no injuries, She hopes to have Dancing in Silks back for the Del Mar meeting, with a push toward the 2010 BC Sprint at Churchill Downs in November.