A hulking brute with chronic leg problems and a devilish temper, Forego was also an incredibly determined and consistent racehorse. Considered by many experts to be the last of the great American weight carriers, Forego turned in the finest race of his career in winning the Marlboro Cup Invitational Handicap USA-I.
Carrying pounds over a sloppy track that he despised, Forego made up four lengths in the final furlong to nip the top 3-year-old Honest Pleasure who carried pounds by a head at the wire. Second only to Kelso in total championships won during his career, Forego enjoyed a long and honorable retirement at the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions.
Highweighted at pounds on the Daily Racing Form 's Free Handicap for American older males of , the highest weight assigned in that division in the history of the Free Handicap. His margin of superiority over Foolish Pleasure , Master Derby and Royal Glint tied for second was 14 pounds, also a record.
He was gelded as an unraced juvenile partly because of his difficult temper and partly to keep his forehand from gaining extra weight that would have placed unacceptable strain on his fragile underpinnings. His ankles were a constant source of concern throughout his career and eventually forced his retirement at age 8. Connections Forego was br ed and owned by Martha Gerry, who conducted her breeding and racing operations under the name of her Lazy F Ranch.
He was foaled in Kentucky at Claiborne Farm. He was trained by Sherill Ward at ages 3 and 4 with assistance from Eddie Hayward, who was Forego's trainer of record for the gelding's last seven starts as a 3-year-old. After Ward became too crippled by arthritis to continue training, Forego came under the care of Frank Whiteley, Jr. Shelve Man o' War: Thoroughbred Legends. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
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