Epicharis, a contender for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, did not go to the track to train Friday for the second straight morning.

The horse wore a glue-on shoe on his right front hoof, which was given two grams of phenylbutazone, an analgesic, by IV Wednesday afternoon after trainer Kiyoshi Hagiwara said he detected lameness.

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Epicharis was examined by a veterinarian Friday morning, and the Japan-based colt’s connections expressed optimism that he can run in the Belmont, according to New York Racing Association executive Martin Panza.

The colt walked around the barn with a rider on him and later stood with his affected hoof in an ice bucket. Glue-on shoes often are used to protect sore or damaged hoof walls.