.Fleet Nasrullah
A Time To Remember

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Nasrullah  --  Happy Go Fleet
1955 -- 1979

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 Fleet Nasurllah, who earned most of his reputation as a racehorse and sire here in California, died of a heart attack at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky. The son of Nasrullah -- Happy Go Fleet spent the first decade of his life in the West. It was here that he ran all of his best races, including a spectacular performance in the 1960 Premier Handicap at Hollywood Park. 

That afternoon Fleet Nasrullah coasted under the wire three lengths on top in the amazing time of 1:08 1/5. This speed was a legacy he would later pass on.

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My sincere thanks 
to the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association 
for permission excerpt this article that those new to the sport of racing 
may also re-live the moment.

In a 1965 Blood-Horse interview, Ellwood Johnston of Old English Rancho
 told of how he came to buy the colt from owner/breeder John Hertz. "I heard Mr. Hertz tell someone that Fleet Nasrullah wouldn't go more than six furlongs.  I thought that was wrong. I paid $165,000 for him and when I handed over the check I said I thought he'd run all day and I was going to prove it.  Mr. Hertz smiled and said, "You're entitled to your opinion." A short time later Fleet Nasrullah set an American record for nine furlongs on the turf, won the $100,000 Californian at a mile and one-sixteenth and lost the ten-furlong Santa Anita Handicap by a nose in the final stride.  Johnston reportedly turned down a $750,000 offer from Hertz soon thereafter.

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Fleet Nasrullah went to stud at Old English Rancho from 1962 through 1965, 
during which time he got 26 of his 41 stakes winners. In the fall of 1965, he was syndicated for $1.2 million and sent to Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, where he remained until his death on January 29, 1979. Although he left California early in his stud career, a number of his best sons stayed behind to take his place and today (March 1979) no fewer than 17 stallions by Fleet Nasrullah reside in the state. Among them were Gummo, Don B., Fleet Allied, Dusty Canyon, Exhalted Rullah and Sailing Along -- all successful sires of stakes winners.

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