06/25/2012 8:38AM

Nehro to have surgery for ankle chip; to return next year


Nehro, the 2011 Kentucky Derby runner-up, came out of his sixth in the June 16 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs with an ankle chip. It will be removed by Dr. Larry Bramlage by arthroscopic surgery this week.

The injury is not career-threatening, according to Ahmed Zayat, whose Zayat Stables owns the 4-year-old colt.

Nehro has been sent from the Churchill barn of trainer Steve Asmussen to WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., where it was expected the colt will be taken to the Rood and Riddle equine hospital sometime this week, said Zayat.

“We absolutely hope to have him back to run as a 5-year-old,” said Zayat.

This will be the second extended layoff for Nehro, a son of Mineshaft. The colt also came out of a fourth-place finish in the 2011 Belmont Stakes with an ankle injury and was off more than eight months before returning to action at Fair Grounds in late February.

Nehro has won twice from 11 career starts while also running second in the Louisiana, Arkansas, and Kentucky derbies, as well as the Pimlico Special last month.