1970 - 1997


Determined and Consistent Racehorse

Lifetime Race Record: 57-34-9-7, $1,938,957

Bred and raced by Mrs. Edward H. Gerry
Trained by Sherrill Ward (3-6), Frank Whiteley (6-7)

1974-1976 - Horse of the Year
1974-1977 - Champion Handicap Horse
1979 - Inducted into National Racing Hall of Fame
1974 - Champion Sprinter

Marquee Races Won

Roamer Handicap — 1973
Discovery Handicap — 1973
Woodward Stakes — 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977
Brooklyn Handicap — 1974, 1975, 1976
Widener Handicap — 1974, 1975
Carter Handicap — 1974, 1975
Donn Handicap — 1974
Gulfstream Park Handicap — 1974
Jockey Club Gold Cup — 1974
Vosburgh Handicap — 1974
Suburban Handicap — 1975
Seminole Handicap — 1975
Metropolitan Handicap — 1976, 1977
Nassau County Handicap — 1976, 1977
Marlboro Cup — 1976

On June 9, 1973, history will remember Secretariat’s thirty-one length march into Triple Crown immortality, but it was an allowance race winner earlier on the card that day which would dominate the handicap ranks for years to come. Forego was characterized by his Hall of Fame trainer Sherrill Ward as a ‘fast stayer’ and he earned his place in history as one of the greatest weight carriers of the second half of the twentieth century.

A massive bay gelding with delicate underpinnings, Forego was unraced at two, but started eighteen times at three, winning half and earning the first two of his twenty-four stakes wins.

Forego began his dominance of the handicap ranks at four. He earned the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year honors three straight seasons (1974-1976), Champion Handicap horse four straight (1974-1977) and Champion Sprinter in 1974.

Asked to carry 130 pounds or more twenty-four times, he won or placed in twenty-one of those races. He carried 137 pounds to victory in the Marlboro Cup, 134 pounds in his Carter Handicap and set a track record carrying 132 pounds in the Brooklyn Handicap. He won the Woodward Handicap four consecutive years (1974-1977), the Brooklyn Handicap three straight (1974-1976) and the Metropolitan Mile in 1976 and 1977. In total, Forego won thirty-four races, placed in sixteen others and he earned $1,938,957.

Foaled at Claiborne Farm, Forego retired in 1978 as the second leading money earner of all time, $40,000 shy of Kelso’s record. He spent his retirement years continuing to thrill his fans as a treasured member of the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park. He was buried at the Horse Park upon his death in 1997.