|Breeder||Eaton Farms & Red Bull|
|Owner||Estéban Rodriguez Tizol
Silks: Red, Black Diamond Frame, Black Sleeves, Black Cap
|Clasico Dia de Los Padre (1975)
Saratoga Special Stakes (1975)
Tremont Stakes (1975)
Wood Memorial Stakes (1976)
Kentucky Derby (1976)
Belmont Stakes (1976)
Bay Shore Stakes (1976)
San Jacinto Stakes (1976)
Vosburgh Stakes (1976)
San Vicente Stakes (1976)
|American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse (1976)|
|Last updated on September 24, 2006|
Bold Forbes was a bay horse bred in Kentucky by Lee Eaton.
1975: two-year-old season
Bold Forbes was campaigned in Puerto Rico as a two-year-old, where he won seven of eight starts in 1975. He was then transferred to the United States where he won the Saratoga Special Stakes and the Tremont Stakes.
1976: three-year-old season
On the first Saturday in May 1976, Bold Forbes contested the Kentucky Derby. Ridden by Angel Cordero, he led from the start, setting a "blistering pace," and won by half a length from the 2/5 favourite Honest Pleasure. In the Preakness Stakes Bold Forbes again took an early lead and set an exceptionally fast pace, but after a prolonged battle with Honest Pleasure, both horses tired in the final stages and were beaten by Elocutionist. In the Belmont Stakes, Bold Forbes again led from the start and won by a neck from McKenzie Bridge with Great Contractor a further neck away in third.
Bold Forbes was retired to stud after his three-year-old season with earnings of $546,536. He stood at Stone Farm in Paris, Kentucky. He sired 13 crops through 1990 with 460 named foals and 304 winners, 30 of which were stakes winners, and his offspring have won over $18 million. Some of Bold Forbes' offspring include champions Tiffany Lass (winner of the Kentucky Oaks) and Bold Apparel, as well as Grade I stakes winner Air Forbes Won.
The dark bay/brown champion was moved to the Kentucky Horse Park in April 1991. He was a resident of the Hall of Champions for nine years. Until his death, he was the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner. He died on August 9, 2000, at the age of 27 after being humanely euthanized due to renal failure and complications from gastroenteritis. Bold Forbes is buried at the Hall of Champions, where a memorial is dedicated to him in the "Memorial of Champions."
In 1975, at age two, Bold Forbes started 8 times, winning seven times and finishing third once, for earnings of $86,250. In 1976, as a three-year-old, he made 10 starts, winning six, placing second once, and placing third three times. He won a total of $460,286.