04/18/2012 4:51PM

Santa Anita: Tyler Baze delays meeting with stewards


Jockey Tyler Baze, who has not ridden since August because of a suspension for failing to take a Breathalyzer test, postponed a hearing with Los Alamitos stewards last weekend that could have led to his reinstatement.

A new hearing could be held as early as this weekend, according to Bob Fletcher of the Winners Foundation. The Winners Foundation works with people in Southern California racing.

According to Darrell Haire, the Jockeys’ Guild western region manager, Baze asked that the hearing be “put off a little bit.”

Baze was not available for comment on Wednesday morning.

The cancellation surprised Los Alamitos stewards, who issued Baze’s suspension last fall.

“We were called and he said he had canceled the hearing,” steward Jim Dreyer said. “That was all we got. We weren’t given any information at all.”

The Eclipse Award winner as the nation’s outstanding apprentice of 2000, Baze, 29, was cited at Del Mar last August for failing to abide by a testing agreement, conduct detrimental to racing and for lying to Del Mar stewards about the circumstances of a missed Breathalyzer test on Sept. 1.

The case was heard by the Los Alamitos stewards because Del Mar stewards Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer, and Tom Ward were actively involved in Baze’s case on the morning of Sept. 1, seeking his whereabouts.

The Los Alamitos stewards suspended Baze for 90 days last October, retroactive to Sept. 1. Under the conditions of the suspension, Baze was required to complete a 30-day residency rehabilitation program.

Baze could have started the residency rehabilitation program last fall, but did not do so until early March after he was hospitalized on the first weekend of the month because an alcohol-related illness.

“Since he’s entered rehab he’s done what they’ve asked of him,” Fletcher said of Baze.”Tyler wants his life to get better.”

Baffert pleased by Liaison’s work

Liaison, first in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park in December, but winless in three starts at Santa Anita this year, worked six furlongs in 1:13 at Hollywood Park on Wednesday and remains a possible starter in the Kentucky Derby on May 5.

Owned by Arnold Zetcher and trained by Bob Baffert, Liaison had his first workout on Sunday since a sixth-place finish in the Santa Anita Derby on April 7.

“Today was a positive work,” Baffert said. “We’re going day-to-day with him. There is no rush. He looks good and is healthy.”

Charity walk, paddock party Sunday

Santa Anita is hosting a charity walk on the racetrack on behalf of cancer fund raising after the final race of the meeting on Sunday.

First held in 2011, the event supports the nearby City of Hope’s hospital research into women’s cancers. For a $10 donation, walk participants will receive a T-shirt, a wrist band, and be able to stroll down the stretch of the main track.

Last year, the event drew more than 2,000 participants and raised $100,000 for cancer research, the track said at the time.

Also after racing on Sunday, the track is hosting a “Party in the Paddock” on the grass walking ring, surrounding the famous Seabiscuit statue. The event features a classic rock cover band and food and drink services.