On This Day...
Photo: Hialeah/Frutkoff
Nashua with trainer Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons.
Feb. 26, 1955
Nashua in Florida

Eddie Arcaro hoped things would work out differently aboard Nashua in the Feb. 26 Flamingo Stakes at Hialeah than they had in an exhibition race there five days earlier.

"There's just no way of making him win impressively," Arcaro told The Blood-Horse after Nashua's 1 1/2-length exhibition win in time 1 1/5 seconds off the track record. "He runs as fast as he can in the morning (six furlongs in 1:10 2/5), but he is just a lazy bum in the afternoon."

Trained by Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons for Belair Stud, Nashua won the Flamingo by the same margin, but in time 2 2/5 seconds off the track record. "If he had run as he should, he would have won the Flamingo by 10 lengths," Arcaro said.

Nashua went back to living dangerously. He eked out neck wins in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park under Arcaro and the Wood Memorial Stakes at Jamaica under Ted Atkinson. Returned to Arcaro, he met his match in the form of California invader Swaps in the Kentucky Derby and finished second. Swaps departed for his home state, and Nashua won the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

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