|Breeder||Dr. J. D. Nest|
|Owner||August Belmont, Jr.|
|Trainer||John J. Hyland|
|Hastings is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Cinderella by Spendthrift. He was born around 1893 in the United States, and was bred by Dr. J. D. Nest.|
American Classic Race wins:|
Belmont Stakes (1896)
|Leading sire in North America (1902, 1908)|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
Hastings (1893 - June 17, 1917) was a good American Thoroughbred racehorse and stallion. Foaled in Versailles, Kentucky, he was bred by Dr. J. D. Nest. He was sired by Spendthrift (Belmont Stakes winner) out of the imported Cinderella (dam of Plaudit, winner of the Kentucky Derby) by Blue Ruin.
Originally, Hastings was bought by David Gideon and John Daly at auction as a yearling for $2,800. He was sent to New York and raced for the partners successfully as a two-year-old, winning several until the partnership was dissolved by public auction and Hastings was purchased by August Belmont, Jr. for a record $37,000.
He was shipped to Saratoga Race Course but unfortunately fell ill. It is believed that his illness may have compromised his form for he finished fifth in his next race, the Futurity at Sheephead Bay.
At three, Hastings came into his own. He placed second in the Withers Stakes behind Handspring by a head. He went on to defeat older horses in the Toboggan Handicap. Then, following in his sire's hoofprints, he won the Belmont Stakes beating his rival, Handspring by a head.
His record at four was 12 starts, 4 wins and 6 places, carrying weights as high as 140 pounds.
Hastings was known not only for his speed, but also, unfortunately, for his nasty temper. Handlers and grooms had to carry large sticks in his presence to control him.
He was retired to Nursury Stud outside Lexington, Kentucky and became one of the most successful sires of 1902 and 1908. Of his crops, he sired graded stakes race winners Gunfire, Field Mouse, Masterman, and Fair Play, sire of the great, Man o' War.
On June 17, 1917, at age 24, severely crippled with paralysis, Hastings had to be euthanized.