08/12/2011 3:51PM

Saratoga: Recuperating 3-year-olds Nehro, Tapizar resume training

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Barbara D. Livingston
Nehro, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby and fifth in the Belmont Stakes, has resumed galloping following surgery to remove a chip from his knee.

While Dominus and Astrology disappointed in their most recent stakes tries, a pair of other Steve Asmussen-trained 3-year-olds who were injured earlier in the year are beginning to gear up for their return.

Nehro, the Kentucky Derby runner-up who had a chip removed from a knee following his fifth-place finish in the Belmont Stakes, arrived at Saratoga earlier in the week and is jogging. Tapizar, who won the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita in January before also being sidelined by a knee chip, breezed four furlongs in 52.90 seconds Friday morning over the main track. It was his first breeze since running fifth in the Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita in February.

Asmussen expects Tapizar to make it back to the races sometime this fall.

“He’s training very strong,” Asmussen said. “He’s an extremely athletic horse. I would be very surprised if he didn’t. He has a bunch of miles under him.’’

Asmussen said Nehro began walking under tack and started lighted training at Churchill before being shipped to Saratoga. There is no timetable for his return.

There are no set plans for Dominus, the Dwyer winner and third-place finisher in the Jim Dandy, or Astrology, who finished seventh in the Haskell Invitational.

Mucho Macho Man back to work

Mucho Macho Man breezed three furlongs in 35.35 seconds Friday morning over the Oklahoma training track, his first breeze since finishing seventh in the Belmont Stakes on June 11. Prior to that, Mucho Macho Man finished sixth in the Preakness and third in the Kentucky Derby.
“We wanted him to work easily,’’ trainer Kathy Ritvo said. “He went quickly, but he went well. We let him do it on his own. We’re putting a foundation under him, getting him ready for the races again.’’

Ritvo does not have a timetable for Mucho Macho Man’s return. Mucho Macho Man won the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes in February at Fair Grounds.