06/01/2012 6:37PM

Belmont: Boxeur Des Rues possible for Brooklyn; Gutierrez to ride

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Boxeur des Rues has had foot trouble and was fitted with a new shoe.

ELMONT, N.Y. - On Thursday, trainer Doug O’Neill said he didn’t think Boxeur Des Rues would make the Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap because of an issue with his right front foot.

But Boxeur Des Rues was fitted with a three-quarter shoe on that foot and trained better Friday. If he continues to train forwardly, Boxeur Des Rues will run in the June 8 Brooklyn with Mario Gutierrez aboard. This will give Gutierrez the opportunity to ride a 1 1/2-mile race prior to Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, when he will be aboard I’ll Have Another in the Belmont.

Gutierrez is due to arrive in New York on Monday. He was not named on any horses for next Wednesday’s card at Belmont.