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Big Brown's hoof specialist to attach acrylic-fiberglass patch Friday

Updated: June 2, 2008, 8:17 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Big Brown's cracked left front hoof won't be patched until Friday, the day before he races in the Belmont Stakes for a shot at Triple Crown history.

Hoof specialist Ian McKinlay planned to apply the acrylic and fiberglass patch Monday, but decided to wait a few days so the crack could heal naturally.

"This is just a slight, slight crack," McKinlay said, standing outside Big Brown's barn. "As the clock ticks, it's gotten better and better. We're being extra cautious ...

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