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Forego with Willie Shoemaker aboard and owner Martha Gerry in 1976

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The great Forego won the Woodward Handicap (G1) four straight years from 1974 through 1977. The last of the great weight carriers, Forego was named Horse of the Year three straight years (1974, 1975, 1976), and champion older male four straight years (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977). A testament to the Forli gelding’s incredible versatility, Forego earned the Eclipse Award as champion sprinter in 1974.

Bred and raced by Martha Gerry, Forego won 34 of 57 career starts and banked $1,938,957 in six seasons. He was induced into the Racing Hall of Fame in 1979. 

As a 5-year-old in 1975, Forego carried 134 pounds while winning the Carter Handicap (G2), set a track record while toting 132 pounds in the Brooklyn Handicap (G1), and prevailed under 134 pounds in the 1 ½-mile Suburban Handicap (G1). He carried 137 pounds in defeating Honest Pleasure in the 1976 Marlboro Cup Handicap (G1), which Gerry counted as her favorite Forego memory.

Forego moved to the Kentucky Horse Park in retirement in 1981 and was a popular attraction until his death in 1997. 

Gerry died in September 2007 at age 88. The Racing Hall of Fame named Gerry an exemplar of racing, the first female to be so honored. Gerry, the aunt of Lane’s End Farm principal William S. Farish, was chairman emeritus of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame and a member of The Jockey Club.

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