Quality Road still possible for Preakness and Belmont

Florida Derby winner Quality Road remains a possibility for the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, but will not run in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby due to a sore cracked hoof.

The 3-year-old colt missed a scheduled 5-furlong workout today at Belmont Park because of the injury to his right front hoof.

“It’s not terribly bad, but it’s not right,” trainer Jimmy Jerkens told USA Today. “He’s really sensitive on the quarter.”

Hoof specialist Ian McKinlay, who is working on Quality Road’s foot, is optimistic that the colt may compete in Pimlico’s Preakness Stakes on May 16.

“If this thing calms right down,” McKinlay said, “he’ll be back on track.”

Derby Festival Great Balloon Race colors Louisville sky



After two days of being canceled because of high winds, the Derby Festival Great Balloon Race took to the air in Louisville on Sunday.

The University of Louisville balloon beat out 33 others by landing its craft closest to an “X” marked on the ground, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

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