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Plugged Nickle

Plugged Nickle
Sire Key To The Mint
Dam Toll Booth
Grandsire Graustark
Damsire Buckpasser
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1977
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder John M. Schiff
Owner John M. Schiff
Trainer Thomas J. Kelly
Record 21: 11-3-1
Earnings $647,206
Summary
Plugged Nickle is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Toll Booth by Key To The Mint. He was born around 1977 in the United States, and was bred by John M. Schiff.
Major wins
Laurel Futurity (1979)
Remsen Stakes (1979)
Hutcheson Stakes (1980)
Florida Derby (1980)
Wood Memorial Stakes (1980)
Vosburgh Stakes (1980)
Stuyvesant Handicap (1980)
Jim Dandy Stakes (1980)
Tom Fool Handicap (1980)
Awards
American Champion Sprint Horse (1980)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on September 4, 2008

Plugged Nickle (foaled 1977 in Kentucky) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. Bred and raced by John M. Schiff, he was trained by future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Tommy Kelly.

At age two in 1979, Plugged Nickle won the Laurel Futurity and Remsen Stakes and in 1980 his wins in the Hutcheson Stakes, Florida Derby, and the Wood Memorial made him the second choice among bettors behind favorite Rockhill Native in the 1ΒΌ mile Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the U.S. Triple Crown series. The favorite finished fifth and Plugged Nickel, who raced near the lead until tiring in the homestretch, wound up in seventh place behind the winning filly, Genuine Risk.

Plugged Nickle did not run in the Preakness or Belmont Stakes but was switched to run in shorter sprint races. The move saw him win several more important Graded stakes races and be voted the 1980 Eclipse Award as American Champion Sprint Horse.

Syndicated and retired to stud duty, Plugged Nickle's first crop of foals were born in 1983. He stood in the United States until age eleven when he was sent to breeders in South Africa. His modestly successful offspring includes twenty stakes winners.

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