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Forego

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Forego (NMR Collection)
Forego
Induction Year: 
1979
Foaled: 
1970
Breeder: 
Lazy F Ranch
Owner: 
Lazy F Ranch
Trainer: 
Sherrill Ward, Frank Y. Whiteley, Jr.
Sire: 
Forli
Dam: 
Lady Golconda
Damsire: 
Hasty Road
Career Years: 
1973-1978
Starts: 
57
First: 
34
Second: 
9
Third: 
7
Earnings: 
$1,938,957.00

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Bio

A three-time Horse of the Year and winner of eight Eclipse Awards, Forego was one of the most accomplished and popular horses of the 1970s.

 

Foaled at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., Forego was a bay gelding by Forli out of the Hasty Road mare Lady Golconda. He was bred and owned by Martha F. Gerry’s Lazy F Ranch.

 

Forego arrived at the races as a 3-year-old in 1973. He won the Roamer and Discovery handicaps that year, finished fourth in Secretariat’s Kentucky Derby and posted an overall record of 9-3-3 from 18 starts with earnings of $188,909. Forego came into his own the following year, winning Eclipse Awards for Horse of the Year, Champion Older Male and Sprint Horse.

 

Forego’s wins in 1974 included the Woodward Stakes, Brooklyn Handicap, Widener Handicap, Don Handicap, Carter Handicap, Gulfstream Park Handicap, Vosburgh Handicap and Jockey Club Gold Cup. He carried 131 pounds to victory in the Vosburgh that year, winning for the first of 13 races in which he carried 130 pounds or more.

 

As a 5-year-old in 1975, Forego was again named Horse of the Year. His victories included Woodward, Brooklyn, Widener and Carter for the second consecutive year, as well as the Suburban and Seminole handicaps. In the Brooklyn, Forego set a track record of 1:59⅘ for 1¼ miles under 132 pounds while giving the runner-up 23 pounds.  

 

In 1976, Forego won five times under 130 pounds or more, including a 137-pound impost when he defeated Honest Pleasure by a head in the Marlboro Cup. His wins that year included his third score in both the Woodward and Brooklyn, as well as wins in the Metropolitan and Nassau County handicaps. With a record of 6-1-1 from eight starts and earnings of $491,701, Forego was named Horse of the Year for the third consecutive year.

 

As a 7-year-old in 1977, Forego won the Woodward for the fourth consecutive year and repeated Metropolitan and Nassau County handicaps. His fourth Woodward victory was the final of Forego’s 14 Grade 1 wins. He also won his fourth straight Eclipse Award for Champion Older Male.

 

Forego raced twice as an 8-year-old in 1978, winning once, before he was retired with a career record of 34-9-7 from 57 starts and earnings of $1,938,957. Twenty-four of his wins were in stakes races.

 

Following his retirement, Forego spent time at John Ward’s farm near Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., before being moved to the Kentucky Horse Park in 1981. He lived there until he died Aug. 27, 1997 at the age of 27. 

 

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