Big Brown Awaits Hoof Crack Repair

Prerace routine will include synthetic patch
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2008 3:48 PM CDT
Pins are seens in the left front hoof of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown.   (AP Photo/Jeff Zelevansky)
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(Newser) – Big Brown will get the equine equivalent of a pedicure on Friday, the day before he tries to sew up the Triple Crown. An acrylic and fiberglass patch will be placed on the Kentucky Derbu and Preakness champion’s left front hoof, the New York Daily News reports. The work was to take place today but was delayed to allow for more natural healing, the AP reports.

Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. said he never bets on the horse but he feels “as confident as I ever have” about Big Brown’s chances.