He won the 1955 Preakness in then-record time, and the Belmont by nine lengths. Then Nashua avenged a second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby by defeating Swaps, the horse who'd beaten him, in a match race. By nearly seven lengths. The last racing prodigy of Belair Stud, Nashua was a strapping mahogany bay with 22 lifetime victories and nearly $1.3 million in earnings -- the second horse to top $1 million. He took Horse of the Year honors after routing Swaps in a $100,000 winner-take-all match race at Washington Park in Chicago. Eddie Arcaro rode Nashua; Willie Shoemaker, the loser. When owner Billy Woodward died that October, Nashua was bought by a Kentucky syndicate, and the 3,200-acre Belair Stud was sold to develop the town of Bowie.
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