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.
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.
Big Brown is scheduled to have an acrylic patch applied to the quarter crack
on his left front foot Friday morning.
Meanwhile, Big Brown galloped 11/2 miles over Belmont Park's oval Sunday morning under exercise rider Michelle Nevin, who confirmed the colt was scheduled to have an acrylic and fiberglass patch placed on the small quarter crack
on his left front foot this morning.