Biography of Famous Horses and Jockeys: Nashua and Eddie Arcaro

Abou the famous award winning horse Nashua and his jockey Eddie Arcaro, history and biography.


Jockey--Eddie Arcaro

Nashua, the pride of Kentucky, was the culmination of the art and science of thoroughbred racing. His breeding was impeccable; his sire, Nasrullah, produced among others Bold Ruler. Nashua was trained by the legendary Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons and was ridden by Eddie Arcaro. The result was 22 wins in 30 starts.

Nashua was named Two Year Old Champion in 1954 and Three Year Old Champion/Horse of the Year in 1955. Although he lost the Derby to Swaps, Nashua came back to defeat his rival in a classic match race. He was retired to stud in 1956, the 1st horse to be syndicated for over $1 million.

George Edward Arcaro is one of only 2 men to win 5 Kentucky Derbies. In all, Arcaro won 17 Triple Crown races and 2 Triple Crowns (on Whirlaway, 1941, and Citation, 1948.) Yet, he lost 250 races in a row before ever riding a winner.

Eddie was leading money winner 3 times. When he retired, in 1962, he had won 549 stakes races and over $30 million, both records.

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