Five headed down to post for this year’s renewal of the Nashua Stakes. A Grade 3 contest, exclusive for two-year-old horses raced over one mile, the Nashua has proven to be a gateway to some of the biggest three-year-old races in the calendar. Here is our 2022 Nashua Stakes Recap!
2022 Nashua Stakes Recap
Grade 3, Dirt, 1 mile, open to horses aged two. Total prize pool – $150,000
- Champions Dream +138
- Full Moon Madness +110
- Prove Right +1400
Pre-race favorite Signator was a late scratch for the contest making this year’s Nashua Stakes a wide-open affair.
In Signator’s absence recent winner Full Moon Madness was the slim favorite from Champagne Stakes entrant Champions Dream.
Full Moon Madness was handed the early initiative following Champions Dream getting off to a slow start.
Keen to dictate the pace, Full Moon Madness and Prove Right set the early fractions of the race.
With the running order remaining largely unchanged, Prove Right, Full Moon Madness, and Champions Dream were three abreast rounding for home.
Surging up the straight it was still Prove Right who held the lead but he was being heavily pressured by both Full Moon Madness and Champions Dream. Eventually, the pressure told and he gave away to let the two market leaders battle it out.
Deep inside the final furlong, it was Full Moon Madness who had the lead, but Champions Dream under Irad Ortiz was picking up a head of steam on the outside. With just 100 meters to run, Champions Dream surged past and would go on to win by a length at the line.
Full Moon Madness would finish second with front-runner Prove Right finishing in a gutsy third.
2022 Nashua Stakes Race Video
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