04/18/2010 12:00AM

Tiz Chrome euthanized at Churchill Downs


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Tiz Chrome, a Bob Baffert-trained colt who was being pointed to the Derby Trial next weekend, broke down in a Sunday workout at Churchill Downs and had to be euthanized on the racetrack.

With Dana Barnes aboard, and working in company, Tiz Chrome suffered a compound fracture of his left front leg, according to track officials. Barnes was not injured, nor were any other horses or riders. The incident occurred shortly after all Kentucky Derby and Oaks horses had cleared the track following the 8:30-8:45 a.m. Eastern window reserved solely for them.

Baffert made a private purchase of Tiz Chrome, by Tiznow, on behalf of the partnership of Terry Lanni, Ernie Moody, and Bernie Schiappa after the colt posted an impressive maiden win for trainer Allen Crupper last November in his career debut at Churchill Downs. The colt was taken off the Derby trail after his final race, a fourth-place finish in February in the Robert Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita.