Surgery to repair a small chip in the right front ankle of Nehro, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), went “extremely well” and the colt could recover in time for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), according to owner Ahmed Zayat.
Zayat, who campaigns the son of Mineshaft in the colors of his Zayat Stables, said the June 15 surgery performed by Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington was simpler than initially expected because of the minor nature of the injury.
“He came out perfect,” Zayat said June 17, noting that the colt was back in his stall at trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn at Churchill Downs. He said there are no plans to send Nehro to a farm for recovery.
Zayat said the schedule calls for two weeks of stall rest followed by three weeks of being hand-walked. After that, Nehro can resume training, with plans for one or two races leading up to the Nov. 5 Classic at Churchill Downs. Zayat said the final plan will be determined by Asmussen based on how well the colt is doing.
The injury was detected following Nehro’s fourth-place finish in the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Zayat has previously said he hopes to campaign Nehro as a 4-year-old.