Hollywood Park to honor Michael Baze

Hollywood Park announced Wednesday that it will hold a memorial for jockey Michael Baze immediately following the races June 2.

All those who wish to honor Baze, who was found dead in his vehicle in the Churchill Downs barn area on May 10, are invited to attend the service, which will be held in the Sunset Room.

Baze, who was 24, was the leading rider during Hollywood Park’s 2007 spring-summer meet, the youngest jockey to accomplish the feat since Bill Shoemaker won the title at 19 in 1950.

He was also leading rider at Arlington Park last summer and finished fourth at this year’s Oaklawn Park meet, which concluded April 16.

Preliminary autopsy results found no anatomical cause of death, according to a Jefferson County deputy coroner. He also said toxicology reports would take three weeks.

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