Forego on Old Timers' Day at Belmont Park, 1983
©Barbara D. Livingston
Horse of the Year for three consecutive years and Champion Handicapper for four, Forego clearly was one of the best runners of this century. He was assigned 130 pounds or more in 24 races and won 13 of them. During his career he "owned" the Woodward, winning this race four times (1974-1977). He also won the Brooklyn Handicap three consecutive years.
Hall of Fame trainer Sherrill Ward characterized Forego as a 'fast stayer'. His most important victories at 3 included the Roamer and the Discovery. At 4 Forego won the Brooklyn, Woodward, Vosburgh, and Jockey Club Gold Cup. The leader in stakes earnings for the year, he was also named Horse of the Year, Champion Handicapper, and Champion Sprinter.
Forego placed in all but one start at five. He won the Seminole and Widener Handicaps in Florida, took the Carter under 134 pounds, set a track record under 132 pounds in the Brooklyn, and won the 1 1/2 mile Suburban under 134 pounds. At 6 Forego was the leader in stakes earnings for a second time; he also won the Brooklyn, Metropolitan Handicap, Marlboro Cup and the Woodward. In the Marlboro he carrried 137 pounds over a sloppy track to beat Honest Pleasure in a thrilling stretch run.
At 7 Forego repeated his victory in the Metropolitan Handicap and won his fourth consecutive Woodward. He also was named Champion Handicapper for the fourth time.
Forego ran two more times at 8 before chronic ankle problems brought an end to his career. He retired to a farm near Keeneland before moving to the Kentucky Horse Park in 1981. He was a featured attraction at the Park for many years. After his death in 1997 he was buried at the Park.
Forego was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1979.
Forego winning the 1974 Brooklyn
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