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Nancy Hanks (horse)

Nancy Hanks (1886-1915) was a trotting horse named for Abraham Lincoln's mother. Foaled in 1886 by Happy Medium dam Nancy Lee (by Dictator) in Terre Haute, Indiana. While owned by John Malcolm Forbes, on September 28, 1892, the brown mare trotted a mile in 2 minutes and 4 seconds at Terre Haute's "Four Cornered Track" in a bicycle sulky,. breaking all previous records. Sunol had owned the mark of 2 minutes 8.25 seconds in 1891. Nancy Hanks died in 1915 and is buried in the Hamburg Place equine cemetery.

A statue of hr was created by sculptor Charles Cary Rumsey.

She was undefeated in harness racing and was inducted into the Standardbred Hall of Fame.

A passenger train that ran from Atlanta to Savannah from 1947 to 1971 was named in her honor.


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