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.
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:
(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.)
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.