Go for Gin
|Go for Gin|
|Damsire||Stage Door Johnny|
|Breeder||Pamela duPont Darmstadt|
|Owner||William J. Condren & Joseph M. Cornacchia|
American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1994)
Preakness Stakes 2nd (1994)
|Last updated on January 23, 2010|
Go for Gin (foaled April 18, 1991 in Kentucky) is an American thoroughbred racehorse best known as the winner of the 1994 Kentucky Derby. He was sired by Cormorant out of the dam Never Knock. He was ridden in the Derby by Chris McCarron, who had previously won the race on Alysheba.
Go for Gin is the second oldest living Kentucky Derby winner next to Sea Hero.
Go for Gin started 19 races, winning five and running in the money 14 times. Though he challenged for the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, he never won again, losing his last nine races.
1994 Kentucky Derby
The 120th Kentucky Derby was held on May 7, 1994, over a sloppy track. The race went off at 5:34 p.m. local time. Go for Gin entered the race at 9.10:1 odds, behind Holy Bull at 2.20, Brocco at 4.30, Tabasco Cat at 6.10, and Strodes Creek at 7.90. He started by ducking out, forcing Tabasco Cat into Brocco. By the 1/4 mile pole, Go for Gin moved up to second place behind Ulises. At the 1/2 mile pole, he led by half a length. As he entered the stretch, he increased the lead to four lengths. Strodes Creek and Blumin Affair both made late charges, closing the gap, but Go for Gin won by two lengths in a time of 2:03.72 and netted US$628,800 for the victory. Tabasco Cat finished sixth in this race but won that year's other two legs of the Triple Crown. Go for Gin placed second in both of those races.
Race record at age 2
- Won Remsen Stakes
- Won Maiden
- Won Chief's Crown Stakes
Race Record at age 3
- Won Preview Stakes
- Won Kentucky Derby
- 2nd at Preakness Stakes
- 2nd at Belmont Stakes
- 2nd at Fountain of Youth Stakes
- 2nd at Wood Memorial Stakes
- 3rd at Forego Stakes
Race record at age 4
- 3rd at Churchill Downs Handicap
History at stud
Go for Gin was retired to stud in 1995 at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky. In 2004, he was sold to Bonita Farm in Darlington, Maryland. His stud feed as of 2007 is US$4000. He is the sire of Albert the Great, who retired with lifetime winnings in excess of US$3 million and has sired Nobiz Like Shobiz. His runners have earned an average US$71,742 per starter. He has sired seven stakes winners. In total, Go for Gin offspring have netted more than US$22 million in career winnings.
On August 11, 2011, Go for Gin moved to the Kentucky Horse Park, an equine industry showplace in Lexington, Kentucky. Along with stablemates, including Cigar and Funny Cide, he greets visitors daily.
|Stage Door Johnny
- Injury Retires Go for Gin at 4 - New York Times
- Hot News
- Bonita Farm Stallions: Go For Gin
- Thoroughbred Times Interactive Stallion Directory
- Pedigree Research: Go For Gin (Alan Porter)
- http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/stallion-directory/media/gallery/goforgin.pdf Stud card at Thoroughbread Times
- Listing at Bonita Farms
- Go for Gin's Derby, including video of race.
- Pedigree at Pedigree Online
- Post-Retirement at KyHorsePark