Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Nehro, who finished second in the Louisiana Derby (G2), Arkansas Derby (G1), and Kentucky Derby (G1) earlier this year, joined trainer Steve Asmussen's string at Fair Grounds last week and has resumed daily gallops preparing for a 2012 campaign.
The Zayat Stables colorbearer came out of last summer's Belmont S. (G1) with a bone chip, which took him away from the racetrack until late summer, when he went to Asmussen's Saratoga barn. An preliminary plan to run in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) was shelved when Asmussen felt there wasn't adequate time to prepare, so Nehro was shipped to WinStar Farm in Versailles, KY, where he remained until making the trip to New Orleans.
Asmussen liked what he saw when the colt arrived. “He looked fabulous when he came in.”
Nehro has amassed a big bankroll of $885,140 with his good finishes on the Triple Crown Trail, but he is still eligible for an entry-level allowance race, giving Zayat and Asmussen plenty of options as they plan the 2012 campaign. Asmussen mentioned the $400,000 New Orleans H. (G2), on April 1 at Fair Grounds, as one possibility.
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