06/25/2012 8:38AM

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

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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.

Rosie More than 1 year ago
did you read this I'll Have Another camp?!?!?!? what did they find in New York that they didn't find in Kentucky?
Chris Szabo More than 1 year ago
There's a tremendous opportunity in literature for anyone who will catalogue the extensive list of /business decisions, horses either euthanized or had their racing careers end prematurely because of injury, and then able to provide insights and analysis of each horse and the group as a whole plus what steps can be taken, beginning right now, to rectify this phenomenon. It's depriving fans of quality racing as well as being able to watch superstars, and impacting the breeding aspect of the "business".
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
The insight is this: If you're horse has breeding value by winning or running in better races, He gets his career ended but life saved. If he has no value cause he can't win, or doesn't have successful bloodlines, and cost too much to maintain, and the outfit doesn't want to find a better alternative, or thinks in its opinion the horse would be better off Euthanized to save it from suffering, it will do that. Maybe the need for speed is the reason most horses become unsound sooner. Also by the way IHA had a funny conformation to his foreleg and it was known and reported way before the Triple Crown. maybe why he went off at 15-1.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
A lot of sour grapes being expressed on this thread. I choose to stay positive. Get well soon, Nehro
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When is the last time a horse got hurt in a Triple Crown race, missed a lot of time, then came back to be the same horse he was before?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So the top 2 finishers from last years Derby and the winner of this years have all turned out to be unsound. That's just dandy. I hope their offspring aren't as unsound as they are. Makes me appreciate horses that don't get hurt even more. I think Cigar and Skip Away are the last great "old-school" champions we'll see.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
As great as they were, Skip Away hasn't produce much as a stallion, and Cigar was a bust in the breeding shed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
yep. I was talking more about their racing careers. Running big over and over again without serious injuries.
James Turner More than 1 year ago
Wonderful horse with a lot of heart. Was at Oaklawn park and saw his Arkansas Derby run. Was impressed enough to use him as one of my Kentucky Derby horses in the tri and hit it for over $3,000. Any owner would be happy to have a horse who ran second in three Derby's plus the Pmlico Special in his stable. Guess D down below is jealous because people talk about this horse and not him. Don't think D ever heard of Zenatta either.
James Turner More than 1 year ago
Zenyatta
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My dad loved Nehro in the Derby. He bet $100 to win on him and had him singles with all in 2nd in the exacta, but he didn't put all over Nehro or Nehro to place.
Perl More than 1 year ago
I was alive to 7 horses in a juicy p4 and used Nehro. But I didn't use Animal Kingdom :-(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Speaking of my dad and pick 4's. He hit this year's Derby pick 4. 50 center. Had a 50 cent pick 3 too. Totaled up to like 9k. They took $2,400 in taxes. I might just pour all my money into next years pick 4 and hope for the best. It's always huge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He loved Shackleford too and regrets not having the pick 5 for like $24k.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Huge fan of the Shack Attack.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Over-rated? He's just another pop-out from the WalmsrtBaby Farm.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Problem being, these horses don't know that when they are run over their heads.
D More than 1 year ago
The race he won was a glorified claiming race this horse couldn't win a N1X race on a weekday card in NY! He was a HORRIBLE bet going into the KY Derby and he is still a horrible bet. One run horses are the worse bets at the track and when you get connections such as these they will always be over bet. This is AMERICAN RACING if your not within the first 3 lengths of the leader you have no chance to win on a consistence basis...
Perl More than 1 year ago
Well, he finished 2nd in the Derby at 9-1, so I'm thinking he probably wasn't the worst bet on that particular day.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
The horse had tremendous potential but got hurt and was brought back and thrown to the veterans. He should'v e run in lighter races to get his game back on track before going after the Pimlico Special, and Stephen Foster types
D More than 1 year ago
OVER-RATED I will miss being able to bet against him at the track. Please come back soon and train like a monster so you can suck some more money at the windows!! They should have a match race Nehro and THAS another OVER-RATED TB the people just love to talk about!!
Perl More than 1 year ago
This horse has been a major disappointment. From looking like the derby winner at the 3/8ths pole to still eligible for n2x.
Trey Alexander More than 1 year ago
How is hitting the board in 3 derbies a disappointment? He may not be a triple crown winner but show some respect. He was basically a head bob away from claiming the Pimlico Special this year too.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Well, it's true he did almost win the Pim Special, but I'm saying overall he had the look of a classic contender and he has just come up a bit mediocre. I know through a friend that Steven Assmusen was very high on this colt. He still has never won a stakes race, but sure I respect Nehro just the same as I respect any other horse, including bottom of the barrell claimers, who come to the track and give it their all.
ECarlos727 More than 1 year ago
I agree, lots of hype because he RAN in big races, never won them though.