Epicharis, who had to be treated for a sore right front foot Wednesday, has been fitted with a glue-on shoe on that foot, according to Dr. Scott Palmer, the New York State Equine Medical Director.
Palmer on Friday morning at Belmont Park said Epicharis had his old shoe removed on Wednesday when the foot was examined, then a glue-on was affixed.
Epicharis remains an intended runner for the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. His connections on Friday morning told NYRA's Martin Panza, the VP of racing, that Epicharis would walk with a rider at the barn Friday morning after both a private vet and a vet from the Japan Racing Association examine him.
It was doubtful that Epicharis would go to the track to train, but obviously this is a very fluid situation. Epicharis did not go to the track to train on Thursday.