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Nashua will forever be linked with his rival — the 1955 Derby winner Swaps. Although Nashua claimed both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes that year, his Triple Crown victory was upset by Swaps. Nashua would claim a solid victory in a seminal match race against Swaps later that year.

Nashua held the title of U.S. Champion 2-Year-Old Colt in 1954 and was named U.S. Horse of the Year in 1955.

During his racing career, he was owned by Belair Stud. Nashua was later purchased by a syndicate led by Leslie Combs II. He was the first Thoroughbred sold for over $1 million.

Nashua retired to stand at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington. He sired over 70 stakes winners, but his most important legacy may be the influential stallion Mr. Prospector.

Nashua’s sire line traces to the Darley Arabian, while his dam’s line traces to the Byerley Turk.

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Horse, Thoroughbred, Pedigree, Nashua, Eddie Arcaro