Three-year-old contender Girvin has suffered a quarter crack in his right hoof. The Girvin injury could be serious, but trainer Joe Sharp advocated that the horse’s connections are still optimistic about competing in the 2017 Kentucky Derby. This story is still developing.
“He’s very sound on it now. It’s just one of those deals where we were just monitoring it. And every quarter crack is different,” Sharp explained to the media. “This one threw us for a little bit of a turn and we expected it be routine. And obviously, the last thing I wanted to do was throw up a red flag any earlier than needed.”
Girvin is a strong 3-1-0 in four starts and was last out winning both the Risen Star and the Louisana Derby in fine form. He has 17/1 odds right now to win the derby according to the KDFW Pool 4 results which essentially registers him as an outside shot. Sharp continued to outline how a Girvin injury is going to play out.
“I wanted to see how it was going to go. I wanted to see which way it was going to go before I had to get asked about what I thought if we could make it. We are planning on breezing, and as long as he’s able to breeze and come out of it well, he’ll run in the Derby. But if he’s not sound enough to make the breeze, we’re not going to go into the Derby not having breezed in two weeks.”
A quarter crack certainly sounds like a severe problem but Sharp further expressed that Girvin had dealt with one before. “When he popped the last quarter crack, he never missed a day. He was never sore on it. He was great,” Sharp said. “The long and short of it is the quarter crack wasn’t where we wanted it. On Tuesday we weren’t happy with it. So we took him to Raul Bras at Rood & Riddle, we utilized KESMARC’s hyperbaric chamber.”
Recovery and injury management is pivotal at this stage of the game for all contenders, and we’ll keep you abreast if the Girvin injury gets worse in the days leading up to the Kentucky Derby.