04/28/2014 12:56PM

Chitu re-shod with conventional shoe

Barbara D. Livingston
Chitu (left) did not sustain any damage to his hoof when he lost a shoe early in Sunday's workout. He will wear a conventional shoe training this week and in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Chitu, who lost his special right front shoe Sunday during his final workout for the Kentucky Derby, was re-shod in a conventional shoe and will wear that for training the rest of the week as well as for the Derby itself Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Chitu had the morning off Monday, which is standard procedure the day after a drill for trainer Bob Baffert.

Baffert said Chitu did not suffer more damage to that hoof as a result of losing the shoe a furlong into the six-furlong work. The adhesive Equilox was applied to the hoof in concert with the new shoe, and if you look at the hoof now, you would not know there ever was a problem there.

Chitu had seedy toe, a fungus that can cause damage if not treated quickly and appropriately. The fungus is long gone, but until the hoof wall grows down, special care needs to be taken, including wearing the spider-bar shoe in which he worked and applying Equilox to the hoof.

Chitu won the Sunland Derby in his last start and went through a similar program prior to that race.

Geronimo2123 . More than 1 year ago
The hoof issue in not new with Chitu. He ran in the Robert Lewis and won the Sunland Derby with the hoof shaved at the wall due to the fungus infection. The only news here is that he lost his shoe/plate and still worked 6f in 1:13, and did it from the gate.
Scott Merideth More than 1 year ago
I was thinking Chitu could be one of the live long shots in this field, but as someone alluded to below, you need to be better than you've ever been on Derby Day. That goes double for a horse that needs racing luck to help him win as well. I'm definitely weary of his chances now. I will be watching him VERY closely in the Post Parade.
john patterson More than 1 year ago
horses are slaves. if you don't like it write a constitution of rights for horses and get the senate and congress of the U. S. to pass it. Horses are realy better than people. Horses don't currently have individual rights.
Robin Cardoza More than 1 year ago
There is a photo of Chitu's foot when he had the special shoe on. You can very visibly tell that his hoof is bad. I can't believe he is running him. With a regular shoe that horse will be in pain. I ride horses with good feet and after getting shod they can be tender never mind a rotting hoof! UGH!!!
Geronimo2123 . More than 1 year ago
You should have seen Big Brown's hoof where the quarter was pulled...it looked much worse (even pre-Derby). This is an old injury several months old. There is not pain typically associated with this type of hoof issue. The horse brought Baffert here with his win in the Sunland Derby and his 2nd place in the Lewis where he did not really even see Candy Boy go past until too late. Let me run if all systems are go. He could really affect the pace and we know he can go 9f with a decent pace...Hopper looks really good as well.
Ruben Flores Diaz More than 1 year ago
If the track is wet i am all for the Eurton horse
Lacoste Green More than 1 year ago
This year's Kentucky Derby is all about California horses. All you need to do is to box the 5 Cali horses entered and boom, cha..ching. Honestly, my trifecta is Chrome-Hoppertunity-Chitu. Good luck to all.
Cocoa Matheis More than 1 year ago
That's not good. Chitu is well bred, and could contend, but you have to be more than 100% for the Derby. We've seen this before, and it always translates into a broken down colt.
Stephen Mercier More than 1 year ago
If he gets a soft enough pace and a big enough head start... any horse will get any distance....in any event all will be revealed Saturday
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Last year i loved BEHOLDER in the oaks. But lets get real HENNY HUGHES and SEEDY TOE and ADHESIVE EQUILOX +1 1/4 miles= too much to overcome.
Craig More than 1 year ago
Chitu is there to guarantee an honest pace.That sets it up for Bafferts #1 clients horse.
B More than 1 year ago
Bad foot or good foot, it doesn't matter. He doesn't belong and will only hurt other better front runners.