Nashua (horse)

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Nashua (1952-1982) was an American-born thoroughbred racehorse, perhaps best remembered for a 1955 match race against the horse that had defeated him in the Kentucky Derby.

Nashua's sire was the good, but temperamental, European champion Nasrullah. Nashua's dam was Segula, a good broodmare who has had influence through her female descendants.

Owned by William Woodward, Jr.'s famous Belair Stud in Bowie, Maryland, Nashua was trained by Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons and ridden by jockey Eddie Arcaro. As a two-year-old in 1954 Nashua entered eight races, winning six and finishing second twice, a performance that earned him champion 2-year-old honors. The following year, he earned the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year.

Nashua won his famous match race with the great thoroughbred Swaps who had defeated him in the 1955 Kentucky Derby.

Following the death of William Woodward, Jr., the Belair Stud horses were auctioned off. In 1955 a syndicate purchased Nashua for a record $1,251,200 from the estate of William Woodward Jr., with majority interests owned by the Christopher J. Devine senior partner and founder of C.J. Devine & Co. the largest dealer in U.S. Government Securities from 1933 to 1963, Leslie Combs 2d, and John W Hanes. John Wesley Hanes Sr. and his wife Hope were involved not only in the syndication of...
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