Belmont Contender Casino Drive Has Bruised Hoof

Status of Casino Drive in Doubt

NEW YORK (AP) - Casino Drive, the early second choice behind Triple Crown favorite Big Brown, has a bruised hoof but there are no plans to scratch the horse from Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

The 3-year-old colt skipped his morning workout Friday after his trainer noticed Casino Drive wasn't walking normally.

The racing manager for the Japanese-bred colt's connections said the left hind hoof will be treated with ice and heat. The horse may have been injured when he stepped on a stone.

Casino Drive won his American debut at Belmont Park on May 10, easily winning the Peter Pan Stakes. The early line is 7-2 on Casino Drive, the only other undefeated horse other than 2-5 favorite Big Brown.

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