Quality Road Returns To Track, May Run In Belmont

Quality Road has returned to the racetrack after
being pulled from Kentucky Derby consideration because of a quarter
crack in his hoof.
The Florida Derby winner galloped 1¼ miles Sunday at Belmont
Park.
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Quality Road remains a possibility to
run in the Belmont Stakes on June 6, the final leg of the Triple
Crown.
"Everything will have to go perfectly," he said.
Quality Road developed a quarter crack on the inside of his
right front hoof on April 23. Although treated and covered with a
supportive acrylic patch, the crack did not respond quickly enough
and Jerkens pulled him from Derby consideration two days later.
The colt likely would have been the wagering favorite in the
Derby, which was won by 50-1 long shot Mine That Bird in a
6¾-length romp.
"It was weird," Jerkens said. "I can't imagine Quality Road
would back up like the rest of them did. I can't understand so many
horses backing up like that."


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