Friday, May 1, 2009

QUALITY ROAD OUT OF PREAKNESS

Quality Road, who was forced to miss the Kentucky Derby due to a quarter crack in his right front foot, has not yet returned to the track and will not be ready to run in the Preakness on May 16.

"If we could get him back [training] early enough, we wouldn't rule the Belmont out, but he has to get going pretty quick that's for sure," trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Thursday by phone from Belmont Park.

Equine hoof specialist Ian McKinlay put in a new set of laces to secure the crack on Thursday, and Jerkens said Quality Road would be equipped with a bar shoe. Since Monday - when the horse was ruled out of the Derby due to soreness in the foot - Quality Road has been walking under tack in the shed row.

"Once he gets the bar shoe on and he's good and sound, we'll jog him," Jerkens said.

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