Zayat Stables’ Nehro (Mineshaft--The Administrator, by Afleet), runner-up in the 2011 GI Kentucky Derby, died suddenly Saturday after being stricken with colic. The 5-year-old had been in training with Steve Asmussen at the time, but appeared uncomfortable in his stall that morning and passed away en route to a local clinic. "I can’t put into words how much respect I have for Nehro," said Asmussen, who also sent out the bay to second-place finishes in the GI Arkansas Derby and GII Louisiana Derby at three and the GIII Pimlico Special S. last year at four. "He was loved by everyone around the barn. What a cool horse. Quality animal. Just a horrible, horrible deal." Owner Ahmed Zayat added, "I am deeply saddened. Nehro was my favorite horse whom I had a deep bond with. Everyone who came in contact with this horse loved him. He cannot be replaced, and I’m devastated." Racing Manager Justin Zayat offered, "I was very sad to get the news from Steve first-thing this morning. We’re extremely heartbroken and stunned. For him to run so great and be second in the Derby, and now for this to happen on Derby Day, it’s just very emotional." A $170,000 KEESEP yearling, Nehro earned $978,381 on the track with a 12-2-4-0 record.
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