The Brock Talk

Monday, April 27, 2009

Quality Road Out Of Derby

Florida Derby (gr. 1) winner Quality Road will miss the Kentucky Derby due to a minor hoof injury according to trainer Jimmy Jerkens. Quality Road has a quarter crack on his right front hoof, that is much akin to a split toe nail in a human, and while not serious, "it's not right," said Jerkens.
Quality Road overcame a different quarter-crack on his right hind foot suffered during his track-record victory in the Florida Derby on March 28, developed this injury late last week. An acrylic patch was applied by noted hoof specialist Ian McKinlay on Sunday morning, but the colt has not recovered to the satisfaction of Jerkens.
The Preakness Stakes (gr. 1) on May 16 or the Belmont Stakes (gr. 1) on June 6 are possibilites according to owner Edward P. Evans.
In the absence of Quality Road, Tampa Bay Derby (gr. 3) runner-up Join The Dance now moves up to the 20th spot on the graded earnings list and into the Derby.

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