My favorite racehorse analyst, Steve Haskin, is talking my horse Nehro for the Belmont this Saturday.
Here’s part of what he says:
When Nehro’s connections decided to skip the Preakness and wait for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), the first thought was that the son of Mineshaft – The Administrator, by Afleet was going to be the buzz horse in the Test of the Champion.
Despite having run second in his last three starts – the Louisiana Derby (gr. I), Arkansas Derby (gr. I), and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). But surprisingly, there really hasn’t been much buzz surrounding Nehro, at least to the extent it was originally expected.
If you can overlook the fact that Nehro has won only one race in his career in six starts, he has a much going for him in regard to being an ideal Belmont Stakes horse as anyone. His female family doesn’t exactly shout mile and a half, but there is certainly enough there to suggest he will have little problem with the distance.
What he does having going for him is temperament, versatility, and consistency. Actually, when you think of it, what he has accomplished in his last four starts has been pretty remarkable.
First off, however, his temperament is as close to perfect as you can hope for. This horse is extremely laid back, will eat grass all day if you let him, does everything you ask of him, and you can’t school any better in the paddock than he did on Wednesday when he never as much as turned a hair in sweltering temperatures.
It is that temperament, along with his natural ability, that enabled him to turn in the four efforts we alluded to.
Steve Haskin is the author of Hangin’ with Haskin for The Blood-Horse.