Owner Ernie Moody has announced (Paulick Report, 2/18/14) that the Bob Baffert-trained Tiz the Truth (below) is dead from an infection, contracted, apparently, on the owner’s farm. The 3-year-old colt last raced at Santa Anita in the fall. Moody has since severed his working-relationship with Baffert, claiming no ill will, just hoping to reverse “some bad luck.” Baffert, remember, lost seven horses to “sudden death” in a recent 16-month period (’11-’13). No word on whether that figured into Moody’s decision.
We can also confirm that 3-year-old He’s Not Too Shaby is dead after breaking down in Monday’s 9th race at Santa Anita. The gelding was trained by Peter Miller and owned by Camille Paris Jr. This is Miller’s second death there in four days (Code of Conduct).