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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Scat Daddy: Bar Shoes Will Come Off Before Derby Day

This just in from the Daily Racing Form:

Scat Daddy, winner of the Florida Derby and Fountain of Youth Stakes in his last two starts, has been training with bar shoes on his front feet and had them on for his final workout Sunday at Keeneland. However, he will remove them for Saturday's Derby and race in conventional plates, trainer Todd Pletcher said.

Bar shoes are usually used to protect a tender part of a hoof. The shoes Scat Daddy was wearing "keep him from putting pressure on his inside quarters," Pletcher said.

"He won't run in them, but he has trained in them," Pletcher said. "It's not something new. He's had bar shoes, or similar shoes, since July. I'd say that in the last year, for 10 months he's trained in bar shoes. He might not need them any more, but I'm not going to take a chance now."

Note: Scat Daddy's regular farrier is Ray Amato, who is based with Pletcher's stable at Belmont Park in New York and Saratoga. While Scat Daddy and Pletcher's other five (or more) Derby starters are in Kentucky, they are in the hands of Kentucky track farrier Steve Norman. I visited Scat Daddy and Pletcher's other Keeneland-based horses for a few minutes last week with therapist Dianne Volz and her crew. He looks fantastic and has really matured since he left Saratoga last August. Then again, they all looked great, as you would expect from horses in the care of the nation's leading trainer. Thanks to Dianne for letting me tag along!

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