Nehro, runner up in the 2011 Kentucky Derby, died of colic Saturday morning.
A 5-year-old son of Mineshaft, Nehro had been showing signs of discomfort in his stall at Churchill Downs earlier in the morning, and his condition “spiraled badly” according to trainer Steve Asmussen. Nehro died en route to a nearby clinic.
“I am deeply saddened,” said owner Ahmed Zayat. “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.”