03/15/2012 4:15PM

Santa Anita: Tyler Baze in rehab facility


Troubled jockey Tyler Baze has entered a local rehabilitation facility, according to his former agent, Ivan Puhich, who has regularly visited the rider since his absence from the track dating to last fall.

“He’s been in there about four or five days now,” Puhich said. “He was in the hospital for several days. He had liver and kidney problems. They had to wait for his blood-alcohol level to go down. I’m glad he finally went in.”

Puhich confirmed what has been widely suspected, that among the issues impacting Baze was the death last year of his cousin, Michael, another jockey.

“He took his cousin’s death quite hard,” Puhich said. “They were very, very close.”

Baze was suspended last fall by California Horse Racing Board stewards. Under the terms of the suspension, Baze is not eligible to ride until completing a rehabilitation program.

Turbulent Descent back in training

Turbulent Descent, winner of the Test Stakes last summer at Saratoga, has returned to light training at the barn of Mike Puype, who gave her a vacation following a poor effort in the La Brea Stakes earlier this meet.

“She came in about a week ago,” Puype said. “We’re just ponying her now, getting some miles in her. She should be ready to go at Hollywood Park. The main goal there is the A Gleam, which is a Win and You’re In race for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. I’d like to get one race in her before that.”

◗ The Grade 2, $150,000 San Luis Rey Stakes for older turf horses, scheduled for Sunday, will be postponed one week owing to the dire weather forecast, Santa Anita’s racing office announced Thursday.

◗ Mizdirection, who defeated Unzip Me in the Monrovia earlier this meet, worked a half-mile on turf for Puype on Thursday morning in 47.80 seconds, the fastest time of seven at the distance. Orange cones, known as dogs, were up.

◗ Turf may in the future for Charm the Maker, who disappointed in the Santa Anita Oaks in her last start. She worked a half-mile on grass in 51.20 seconds for trainer Ron McAnally.