05/11/2004 11:00PM

Sore feet hamper The Cliff's Edge


BALTIMORE - The Cliff's Edge was troubled by sore feet on Wednesday morning at Pimlico, and was to be treated by both a veterinarian and a blacksmith, but trainer Nick Zito said he still intended to enter the Blue Grass Stakes winner in Saturday's 129th Preakness Stakes.

The Cliff's Edge finished fifth in the Kentucky Derby and lost both his front shoes. Zito said earlier this week that The Cliff's Edge's feet were "stinging him" after the Derby. On Wednesday, The Cliff's Edge walked around the shedrow for an hour before his routine training session. Afterwards, Zito summoned a blacksmith.

Zito said he would enter The Cliff's Edge in the Preakness on Wednesday morning, when entries close, and would not make a decision on whether to run in the race until at least Thursday. He said the right front foot was most problematic.

"Something's jamming him," Zito said. "He's stiff all over. It took him a long time to warm up today in the barn. He's got pulsation in the foot. We've been going along good until this morning."