Nashua Stakes

The Nashua Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York. Named for Nashua, the 1955 United States Horse of the Year, it was first run in 1975. A Grade II race, it is open to two-year-olds and has been raced over a distance of one mile since 1994. Held in late October or early November, it currently offers a $200,000-added purse.

Nashua Stakes
Grade II race
LocationAqueduct Racetrack
Queens, New York
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance1 mile (8 furlongs)

The race returned to Grade II status in 2009 when the American Graded Stakes Committee upgraded it from Grade III.[1]

In 2001, the race was run at Belmont Park. The distance was set at a mile and 70 yards for 1985, at a mile and a sixteenth from 1987 to 1993. The race was not run in 1995.


Time record: (at current 1 mile distance)

  • 1:35.32 - Violence (2012)

Most wins by an owner

Most wins by a jockey

Most wins by a trainer

Winners of the Nashua StakesEdit

2019 Independence Hall Jose Ortiz Michael J. Trombetta Eclipse Thoroughbreds and Twin Creek Stables 1:34:66
2017 Avery Island Joe Bravo Kiaran McLaughlin Godolphin 1:37.58
2016 Hemsworth Antonio Gallardo Thomas Albertrani Godolphin 1:38.70
2015 Mohaymen Junior Alvarado Kiaran McLaughlin Shadwell Stable 1:36.01
2014 Blofeld John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Glencrest Farm/JSM Equine 1:38.89
2013 Cairo Prince Luis Saez Kiaran McLaughlin Namcook Stables/Braverman/et al 1:37.59
2012 Violence Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Black Rock Stables 1:35.32
2011 Vexor David Cohen John Kimmel Goldmark Farm 1:10.71
2010 To Honor and Serve Jose Lezcano William I. Mott Live Oak Plantation 1:35.86
2009 Buddy's Saint Jose Lezcano Bruce N. Levine Kingfield Stables (Eli Lomita) 1:35.67
2008 Break Water Edison Alan Garcia John Kimmel Eli Gindi 1:35.86
2007 Etched Alan Garcia Kiaran McLaughlin Darley Stable 1:36.96
2006 Day Pass John R. Velazquez Kiaran McLaughlin Darley Stable 1:36.09
2005 Bluegrass Cat John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher WinStar Farm 1:38.02
2004 Rockport Harbor Stewart Elliott John Servis Fox Hill Farms Inc. 1:36.60
2003 Read the Footnotes Jerry D. Bailey Richard Violette Jr. Klaravich Stables 1:36.40
2002 Added Edge Patrick Husbands Mark Casse Team Valor 1:36.60
2001 Listen Here Jerry D. Bailey William I. Mott Kim Nardelli 1:37.60
2000 Ommadon Aaron Gryder Thomas M. Walsh Sorin Stables 1:36.60
1999 Mass Market Mike E. Smith Ben W. Perkins Jr. New Farm 1:38.60
1998 Doneraile Court Jerry D. Bailey Nicholas P. Zito M. Tabor / J. Magnier 1:36.00
1997 Coronado's Quest Mike E. Smith C. R. McGaughey III Stuart S. Janney III 1:37.00
1996 Jules José A. Santos Alan E. Goldberg Jayeff B Stables 1:36.80
1995 No Race
1994 Devious Course Frank Alvarado H. James Bond Rudlein Stable 1:37.40
1993 Popol's Gold Herb McCauley William H. Turner Jr. Stephen Stavrides 1:46.60
1992 Dalhart Mike E. Smith Thomas Bohannan Loblolly Stable 1:44.40
1991 Pine Bluff Craig Perret Thomas Bohannan Loblolly Stable 1:46.00
1990 Kyle's Our Man Jerry D. Bailey John M. Veitch Darby Dan Farm 1:45.40
1989 Champagneforashley Jacinto Vasquez Howard M. Tesher Lions Head Farm 1:45.20
1988 Traskwood Angel Cordero Jr. George R. Arnold II Loblolly Stable 1:45.20
1987 Cougarized José A. Santos D. Wayne Lukas Lloyd R. French Jr. 1:46.00
1986 Bold Summit Chris Antley Richard E. Dutrow Jr. Alvin J. Akman 1:45.00
1985 Raja's Revenge Robbie Davis Frank LaBoccetta Edward Anchel 1:44.40
1984 Stone White Robbie Davis Gilbert Puentes Gilbert Puentes 1:38.20
1983 Don Rickles Angel Cordero Jr. John Parisella Theodore M. Sabarese 1:38.40
1982 I Enclose Ruben Hernandez Edward I. Kelly Brookfield Farms 1:37.60
1981 Our Escapade Don MacBeth Roger Laurin Reginald N. Webster 1:36.80
1980 A Run Chris McCarron Larry S. Barrera Arron U. Jones 1:37.20
1979 Googoplex Laffit Pincay Jr. Pancho Martin Robert N. Lehmann 1:36.40
1978 Instrument Landing Jeffrey Fell David A. Whiteley Pen-Y-Bryn Farm 1:37.00
1977 Quadratic Eddie Maple Woody Stephens August Belmont IV 1:35.40
1976 Nearly On Time Jacinto Vazquez Leroy Jolley Mrs. Moody Jolley 1:35.60
1975 Lord Henribee Eddie Maple William H. Turner Jr. Milton Ritzenberg 1:35.60
* In 1980, Willow Hour finished first, but was disqualified and placed last.