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Nehro Rerouted to Oaklawn Handicap

Nehro Rerouted to Oaklawn Handicap
Photo: Oaklawn Park
Zayat Stables' Nehro, runner-up in both the Arkansas Derby (G1) and the Kentucky Derby (G1) last year was scratched from the New Orleans Handicap Sunday after reportedly tying up after training Saturday at Fair Grounds and could possibly run now in the April 14 Oaklawn Handicap (G2).

 

Trainer Steve Asmussen called Oaklawn’s racing office to confirm that Nehro was indeed nominated for the race and owner Zayat Stable tweeted that they hope to now make the 1 1/8-mile race that shares the closing day card with the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), $250,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) and $100,000 Northern Spur Stakes.

 

Nominations to the Oaklawn Handicap will be announced Wednesday. Others expected for the race include defending champion Win Willy, two-time stakes winner this meet Alternation and Donn Handicap (G1) winner Hymn Book.



Busy Morning for Richard Runners

 

While some trainers usually make Sunday an easy day, Chris Richard took the opportunity to work one of his best older horses, It Happened Again, and his two top 3-year-olds Pee H Dee and Ring It Up. It Happened Again and Pee H Dee worked in company and got the bullet time of 1:00 3/5 for five furlongs over a fast track, while Ring It Up worked six furlongs, also in company, in 1:13 1/5.

 

“It Happened Again and Pee H Dee were head-to-head the whole way,” said Richard. “It was a very good work for both them. It was also a really good work for Ring It Up. I was very pleased with all of them.”

 

Richard is still undecided about It Happened Again’s next start after his fifth-place finish in the March 10 Razorback Handicap (G3) as the defending champion, while Pee H Dee may have worked himself into a spot in the $100,000 Northern Spur Stakes on the April 14 Arkansas Derby undercard. He was most recently ninth in the March 17 Rebel Stakes (G2). Ring It Up, fourth in the first division of the Southwest Stakes (G3) to Castaway Feb. 20, will leave early next week for Chicago where he will start in the $500,000 Illinois Derby (G3) next Saturday.

 

 

 

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Nehro breezed 5f in 1:02.20 (2/3) at Oaklawn Park on April 4.

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