Quality Road’s Derby hopes ride on Ian. Watch him work

The hoof specialist who patched up Quality Road’s quarter crack this week made a video explaining exactly what he did.

Ian McKinlay inserted a drain inside the Kentucky Derby hopeful’s patch to allow any blood or fluid to flush out. It is not a procedure McKinlay normally performs on a quarter crack, but he did it as a precautionary measure because the stakes are high.

If Quality Road misses any training, it may cost him the Kentucky Derby.

McKinlay, who also worked to solve Big Brown’s feet problems last year, filmed the procedure to educate other hoof specialists and promote his company Tenderhoof Solutions. The video, which is narrated by McKinlay, was released on Fran Jurga’s Hoof Blog Thursday and Quality Road is not the horse being worked on, but he had the same procedure.

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