Big Brown's Cracked Hoof Is Patched

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NEW YORK -- Big Brown has had a patch applied to his cracked hoof a day before his bid for the Triple Crown.

Hoof specialist Ian McKinlay applied an acrylic and fiberglass
patch to the cracked left front foot Friday. The work comes the day
before the undefeated colt races in the Belmont Stakes.

McKinlay says the procedure was routine and Big Brown never even knew he was hurt. Big Brown is trying to become the first Triple
Crown winner since Affirmed swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont in 1978.

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