Thoroughbred racehorse infobox
horsename = Forego

caption =
sire = Forli
grandsire = Aristophanes
dam = Lady Golconda
damsire = Hasty Road
sex = Gelding
foaled = 1970
country = United States flagicon|USA
colour = Bay
breeder = Martha Farish Gerry
owner = Lazy F Ranch (Martha Gerry). Racing silks: Yellow, black sleeves, yellow cap, black hoops.
trainer = Sherrill W. Ward
Frank Y. Whiteley, Jr.
record = 57: 34-9-7
earnings = $1,938,957
race = Woodward Stakes (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977)
Brooklyn Handicap (1974, 1975, 1976)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1974)
Gulfstream Park Handicap (1974)
Widener Handicap (1974 & 1975)
Carter Handicap (1974, 1975)
Suburban Handicap (1975)
Metropolitan Handicap (1976 & 1977)
Marlboro Cup (1976)
awards= U.S. Champion Sprint Horse (1974)
U.S. Champion Older Male (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977)
United States Horse of the Year (1974, 1975, 1976)
honours = United States Racing Hall of Fame (1979)
#8 - Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century
Forego Stakes at Turfway Park
Forego Handicap at Saratoga Race Course
updated= September 22, 2006

Forego (1970-1997) was a highly successful American thoroughbred racehorse. Born on April 30, 1970, the bay gelding was owned and bred by Mrs. Martha Farish Gerry's Lazy F Ranch. Over Forego's long years of racing, he had three trainers: first Sherrill W. Ward, then when he became ill, Frank Y. Whiteley, Jr. and his son David A. Whiteley. He had two main jockeys: Hall of Famer Bill Shoemaker and Heliodoro Gustines.

Two things kept him from making a splash in 1973's race for the Triple Crown. First, he was still awkward as a 3-year-old, still growing into his size. Second and more importantly, 1970 was also the year Secretariat was born. Forego was fourth behind Secretariat in a Kentucky Derby that was run in record time (1:59 2/5), and while he contended in many Grade I races that year, he proved to be a late bloomer. His size and fractiousness led to his being gelded in order to race, thus setting him up for a long career. As a gelding, he raced as a champion handicap horse long after Secretariat retired to stud.

Forego's champion reign began when he was a four-year-old.

Forego's achievements

In 57 starts, he won 34, placed in 9, and came in third 7 times. His lifetime earnings amounted to $1,938,957. Forego won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Sprint Horse in 1974, and Eclipse Award for Outstanding Older Male Horse for four years running—1974, 1975, 1976, and 1977. He was voted the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year for three years straight: 1974, 1975 and 1976. His countless handicap victories made this large son of Forli a handicap champion. His versatility is clearly demonstrated by his wins from 7 furlongs to the 2 mile Jockey Club Gold Cup. Because of his wins, he was constantly asked to carry more than 130 pounds, and still he won usually with a heart pounding burst of speed in the home stretch when he would close like a rocket and win in a photo finish against horses carrying up to 35 pounds less weight! His dramatic style became a crowd pleaser and the horse would draw people to the track who otherwise would not have come. Once, during a strike by betting machine workers, there was no wagering. Nevertheless, Forego drew over 10,000 people on a weekday who came out just to see him run in a warm up race. Forego was truly a champion handicap horse.

His most dramatic win -- which owner Martha Farish Gerry calls the most exciting moment of her racing career -- was Forego's victory in the 1976 Marlboro Cup at Belmont Park on Long Island. After contending for the lead, Forego faded to eighth of 11 horses on the backstretch, with Honest Pleasure holding the lead most of the way. But he kept sneaking up at the quarter pole. Sportscaster Dave Johnson's call in the final furlong was one for the ages:

:"Honest Pleasure has the lead. On the outside, here comes Forego! Father Hogan toward the rail. It's Honest Pleasure, Forego on the outside, Forego on the outside and Honest Pleasure! Here's the finish! TOO TIGHT TO CALL!"

Forego was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1979.

(Records are from "Champions, The Lives and Times and Past Performances of the 20th Century's Greatest Thoroughbreds," by the writers and editors of the Daily Racing Form.)


Forego moved to the Kentucky Horse Park in 1979, the year after his last race. He lived there for the rest of his life, enjoying his life and his fans until his death in 1997.

At 27, he broke his left hind leg in a paddock accident and had to be euthanized.

In the list of the top 100 U.S. thoroughbred champions of the 20th Century by Blood-Horse magazine, Forego ranks 8th.

ee also

* Repeat winners of horse races


* [ Forego's pedigree]
* [ Memorial to Forego from the Kentucky Horse Park]
* [ Forego's page in the Hall of Fame, video of his 1974 Vosburgh win]
* [ The Ultimate Horse Dictionary]
* [ Forego is company's namesake]
* [ Photo of Heliodoro Gustines on Forego]
* [ Forego Fan Page and race record]

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