Although the abscess had healed, another quarter crack
on the same hoof was revealed on Thursday when the patch was removed.
He had a quarter crack
, which caused a few problems after York, so we stopped and let his foot grow out.
Desormeaux said he could not rule out the possibility the quarter crack
on Big Brown's front left hoof was a factor in the colt's poor performance, but the 38-year-old rider was sure of one thing.
Whether it was the steamy weather, the quarter crack
or just simple exhaustion after winning the first two legs of the Triple Crown, this was not the same Big Brown who looked so invincible and had the racing industry poised to celebrate.
Had a quarter crack
not interrupted his season, he would have been a formidable opponent in the Kentucky Derby as well.
Ian McKinlay, the foot specialist who has been treating the quarter crack
on Big Brown's left front foot, stopped by to examine the colt Wednesday morning.
Shaw said: "He showed a bit one day at Kempton last year, but then he developed a quarter crack
in a hoof so we gave him time off to let it grow out.