10/18/2011 2:09PM

Santa Anita: Tyler Baze scheduled to appear before stewards


Jockey Tyler Baze, who has been suspended since early September after avoiding a Breathalyzer test at Del Mar, is scheduled to appear at a hearing with Los Alamitos stewards on Saturday, regarding alleged violations of three California Horse Racing Board rules.

In a complaint filed by racing board investigators, Baze has been cited for allegedly violating rules for failing to comply with license restrictions; for disorderly conduct, specifically being under the influence of alcohol; and for conduct detrimental to horse racing.

In the complaint, racing board investigators said that Baze left Del Mar’s first aid station on Sept. 1 before taking a mandated Breathalyzer test, and had consumed several alcoholic beverages the night before. On the morning of Sept. 1, Baze worked horses at Del Mar and “placed himself and others in danger,” according to the complaint.

Baze, who turned 29 on Wednesday, has not ridden since Aug. 31 at Del Mar. He was ordered to take a Breathalyzer test on Sept. 1 as part of a program stipulated by the jockey with the racing board after he failed a similar test in mid-August.

Baze later told the stewards that he left the track on the morning of Sept. 1 and was involved in a traffic accident. He later admitted that story was false.

When Baze was suspended in early September, Del Mar stewards indicated that they wanted the jockey to seek counseling. Baze, the champion apprentice jockey of 2000, had 10 wins from 134 mounts at Del Mar.

At Del Mar, Baze met with stewards Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer, and Tom Ward, but the forthcoming hearing will be heard by Los Alamitos stewards Albert Christiansen, Jim Dreyer, and George Slender. The Del Mar stewards were actively involved in Baze’s case on the morning of Sept. 1, seeking his whereabouts and later hearing his admission that he had not been in a traffic accident.

The Del Mar stewards are currently based at Santa Anita’s autumn meeting. Los Alamitos is approximately 35 miles from Santa Anita.

Unusual Suspect still on target for Melbourne Cup

Unusual Suspect, the winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Cup last December, remains on course for a start in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on Nov. 1 despite a sixth-place finish in the Caulfield Cup last Saturday.

Barry Abrams, who trained Unusual Suspect in California and retains a share of the horse, said that Unusual Suspect will be pointed for the $1 million MacKinnon Stakes over 1 1/4 miles at Flemington on Oct. 29 and then make a quick turnaround for the $6 million Melbourne Cup over two miles.

Abrams said he will not travel to attend those races because of recent treatments for cancer. Abrams, 57, was away from his stable for part of the summer while undergoing treatment, but has been at Santa Anita regularly in recent weeks.

“I’m getting better every day,” he said. “It’s still a fight.”