Go for Gin
|Go for Gin|
|Damsire||Stage Door Johnny|
|Breeder||Pamela duPont Darmstadt|
|Owner||William J. Condren & Joseph M. Cornacchia|
|Go for Gin is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Never Knock by Cormorant. He was born around 1991 in the United States, and was bred by Pamela duPont Darmstadt.|
American Classic Race wins:|
Kentucky Derby (1994)
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on January 23, 2010|
Go for Gin (foaled 1991 in Kentucky) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse most well known as the winner of the 1994 Kentucky Derby. He was sired by Cormorant out of the dam Never Knock. For his Derby win, Chris McCarron was his jockey, who had previously won the Kentucky Derby on Alysheba.
In total, Go for Gin started 19 races, winning five and running in the money 14 times. Though he challenged for the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, he never achieved a win again, losing nine races after his last victory at the Kentucky Derby.
1994 Kentucky Derby
The 120th Kentucky Derby was held on May 7, 1994 and featured a sloppy track. The race set off at 5:34 p.m. local time. Go for Gin entered the race at 9.10:1 odds, behind Holy Bull at 2.20, Brocco at 4.30, Tabasco Cat at 6.10, and Strodes Creek at 7.90. Go for Gin started by ducking out, forcing Tabasco Cat into Brocco. By the 1/4 mile pole, Go for Gin had reached 2nd place behind Ulises. At the 1/2 mile pole, Go for Gin had captured the lead by half a length. As he entered the stretch, he'd increased the lead to four lengths. Strodes Creek and Blumin Affair both made late charges, closing the gap some but not enough to close. Go for Gin finished with a time of 2:03.72. He won by two lengths, and netted US$628,800 for the victory. Of note, Tabasco Cat finished in sixth place in this race, but went on to win that year's other two legs of the triple crown. Go for Gin placed second in both of those races.
Race record at age 2
- Won Remsen Stakes
- Won Maiden
- Won Chief's Crown Stakes..
Race Record at age 3
- Won Preview Stakes
- Won Kentucky Derby
- 2nd at Preakness Stakes
- 2nd at Belmont Stakes
- 2nd at Fountain of Youth Stakes
- 2nd at Wood Memorial Stakes
- 3rd at Forego Stakes
Race record at age 4
- 3rd at Churchill Downs Handicap
History at stud
Go for Gin was retired to stud in 1995 at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky. In 2004, he was sold to Bonita Farm in Darlington, Maryland. His stud feed as of 2007 is US$4000. He is the sire of Albert the Great, who retired with lifetime winnings in excess of US$3 million and has sired Nobiz Like Shobiz. His runners have an average US$71,742 per starter. He has sired seven stakes winners. In total, Go for Gin offspring have netted more than US$22 million in career winnings.
|Stage Door Johnny
- ↑ Injury Retires Go for Gin at 4 - New York Times
- ↑ http://www.kentuckyderby.com/2006/derby_history/derby_charts/pdf/1994.pdf
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Hot News
- ↑ Bonita Farm Stallions: Go For Gin
- ↑ Thoroughbred Times Interactive Stallion Directory
- ↑ Pedigree Research: Go For Gin (Alan Porter)
- ↑ http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/stallion-directory/media/gallery/goforgin.pdf Stud card at Thoroughbread Times
- Go for Gin's Derby, including video of race.