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Sire Forli
Dam Lady Golconda
Grandsire Aristophanes
Damsire Hasty Road
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1970
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Martha Farish Gerry
Owner Lazy F Ranch
Trainer Sherrill W. Ward & Eddie Hayward
Frank Y. Whiteley, Jr.& David A. Whitely
Record 57: 34-9-7
Earnings $1,938,957
Forego is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Lady Golconda by Forli. He was born around 1970 in the United States, and was bred by Martha Farish Gerry.
Major wins
Roamer Handicap (1973)
Discovery Handicap (1973)
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)
Nassau County Handicap (1976, 1977)
American Champion Sprint Horse (1974)
American Champion Older Male Horse
(1974, 1975, 1976, 1977)
American Horse of the Year
(1974, 1975, 1976)
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
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Forego (1970–1997) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse.

Foaled on April 30, 1970, Forego was owned and bred by Mrs. Martha Farish Gerry's Lazy F Ranch.

Over the year, Forego would have four trainers; Sherrill W. Ward, Eddie Hayward, and eventually Frank Y. Whiteley, Jr. and his son David A. Whiteley. Forego had two main jockeys;Hall of Famer Bill Shoemaker and Heliodoro Gustines.


1973 Racing Career

Forego might have made a splash in the 1973 Triple Crown but was awkward as a 3-year-old, and was still growing into his size. Forego was fourth behind Secretariat in a Kentucky Derby that was run in record time (1:59 2/5). Eddie Hayward, assistant trainer to Sherrill Ward, took over when Ward was ill and is officially listed as Forego's trainer in his wins in his final two races of 1973, the Roamer and Discovery Handicaps. [1]

Forego's Achievements

In 57 starts, Forego 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 in a row; 1974, 1975, 1976, and 1977. He was voted the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year for three years in a row; 1974, 1975 and 1976. His versatility was clearly demonstrated by his wins from 7 furlongs to the 2 mile Jockey Club Gold Cup. Due to his wins, he was constantly asked to carry more than 130 pounds, and even so usually won with a burst of speed in the home stretch.

Forego's most dramatic win was his victory in the 1976 Marlboro Cup at Belmont Park. 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. Forego eventually made his way to the the quarter pole.

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

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


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

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

See also


  • Champions, The Lives and Times and Past Performances of the 20th Century's Greatest Thoroughbreds, by The Daily Racing Form.


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