Quality Road, one of the favorites for the upcoming Kentucky Derby was withdrawn yesterday because of residual soreness from a quarter crack. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
Whenever hoof issues become headline news I always turn to Fran Jurga’s Hoof Blog as she always has the inside story from the farriers treating the problem. Today is no exception.
Quality Road’s Withdrawal: What Did Others Do? puts the quarter crack in historical perspective. I had no idea how many other racehorses have been cursed by quarter cracks: In addition to Big Brown, quarter cracks plagued some of racing’s greats including, A.P. Indy, Unbridled’s Song, Buckpasser and Northern Dancer.
Read the article — it’s facinating!