Rick Samuels

Ankle Chip Sidelines Nehro for Three Months

The colt finished sixth in the Stephen Foster (gr. I) in his last start June 16.

Zayat Stables’ Nehro, a dull sixth in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) in his last start, exited the race with an ankle chip and will miss about three months of training, the Zayat family said June 24.

Through Twitter, Justin Zayat said the 4-year-old Mineshaft  colt will spend some time at WinStar Farm in Kentucky and “return to training when he tells us he’s ready.” Zayat said plans call for Nehro to race as a 5-year-old.

Nehro, bred in Kentucky by Mt Brilliant Farm, rallied a bit in the June 16 Stephen Foster but didn’t show the same kick he did May 18 when he closed strongly to finish second, a nose behind Alternation , in the Pimlico Special (gr. III). Though he only has two wins—in maiden and allowance company—Nehro finished second in the Arkansas Derby and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (both gr. I) in 2011.

Nehro. Trained by Steve Asmussen, has earned $976,731 in 11 starts.