We got this update via email from Spring Hill Farm manager Chris Baker on Tuesday evening:
QR is galloping daily and should have the crack patched late this week or early next week.
With luck we might make the Belmont. Ten weeks between races going a mile and a half, I guess we’ll find out how good our horse is. We’ve got to get back into a normal training pattern before any of this is realistic, I’ll let you know.
In hindsight, we may have been fortunate to miss the Derby.
We believe Baker is referring to the fact that so many Derby starters got beat up in a crowded race over a very difficult wet racetrack. Seems as Mine That Bird found the only spot (the rail) with decent traction while those in the middle of the track struggled and got nicked up doing so…