Triple Crown contender Big Brown has missed two
days of training with a slight injury to his left front foot that
has trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. concerned about the colt's status for
the Belmont Stakes in less than two weeks.
"We're all concerned with a big race coming up, but it's better
that it happened now," a subdued Dutrow said Sunday. "It's not
going to be an issue. It's bad that it happened, but we're going to
be able to fix him up."
The injury was detected by Dutrow on Friday, and the trainer
summoned hoof specialist Ian McKinlay, who treated the Kentucky
Derby and Preakness winner for more serious front foot issues late
McKinlay says he will have a better idea Monday when Big Brown
can return to training after treating the injury with an iodine and
alcohol solution and repairing the injury he's calling a slight
quartercrack. He says it's not serious and should not prevent Big
Brown from attempting to win the Belmont on June 7 and become the
first Triple Crown champion since Affirmed in 1978.