Forego Handicap

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Forego Stakes
Grade I race
Location Saratoga Race Course
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1980
Race type Thoroughbredflat racing
Race information
Distance 7 furlongs
Surface Dirt
Track left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds and up
Weight Handicap
Purse $700,000 (since 2015)[1]

The Forego Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. Open to horses three years old and up, it is a Grade I event run at a distance of seven furlongs on the dirt. The race can be a prep race for either the Breeders' Cup Sprint at 6 furlongs, or the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. In 2015, the purse was increased to $700,000.

Inaugurated in 1980 at the Belmont Park racetrack in Elmont, New York, where it remained through 1983, the Forego Handicap was initially run a distance of eight furlongs (one mile). From 1982 to 1999 it was raced at seven furlongs, then for 2000 through 2002 at six and a half furlongs before reverting to the seven furlong distance in 2003.

This race is named for Forego, the American Horse of the Year for three straight years between 1974 and 1976.

The Forego is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series. The winner receives a "Win and You're In" berth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.


Time record: (at current 7 furlongs distance)

Most wins:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Lynda S. Stokes (1988, 1989)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Forego Handicap[edit]

2016 A. P. Indian 6 Joe Bravo Arnaud Delacour Green Lantern Stables 1:20.99
2015 Private Zone 6 Martin Pedroza Jorge Navarro Good Friends Stable 1:21.09
2014 Palace 5 Cornelio Velasquez Linda Rice Antonino Miuccio 1:21.95
2013 Strapping Groom 6 Junior Alvarado David Jacobson Jacobson/Drawing Away Stable 1:22.27
2012 Emcee 4 Alan Garcia Kiaran McLaughlin Godolphin Racing 1:21.00
2011 Jackson Bend 4 Corey S. Nakatani Nicholas P. Zito Robert LaPenta 1:22.08
2010 Here Comes Ben 4 Alex Solis Charles Lopresti Marianne/Brandon Chase. 1:22.50
2009 Pyro 4 John Velazquez Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:21.48
2008 First Defence 4 Channing Hill Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:21.55
2007 Midnight Lute 4 Shaun Bridgmohan Bob Baffert M. Pegram/Watson & Weitman 1:21.06
2006 Pomeroy 5 John R. Velazquez Milton Wolfson Silverleaf Farms Inc. 1:23.39
2005 Mass Media 4 Javier Castellano Robert J. Frankel Gary & Mary West Stables 1:22.59
2004 Midas Eyes 4 Edgar Prado Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann 1:22.22
2003 Aldebaran 5 Jerry D. Bailey Robert J. Frankel Flaxman Stable 1:21.26
2002 Orientate 4 Jerry D. Bailey D. Wayne Lukas Bob and Beverly Lewis 1:15.68
2001 Delaware Township 5 Jerry D. Bailey Ben Perkins, Jr. New Farm 1:15.53
2000 Shadow Caster 4 Jorge Chavez John P. Terranova II Gatsas Stables 1:15.00
1999 Crafty Friend 6 Gary Stevens John C. Kimmel Ahmed bin Salman 1:21.32
1998 Affirmed Success 4 Jorge Chavez Richard Schosberg Albert Fried, Jr. 1:21.98
1997 Score A Birdie 6 Herb McCauley Guadalupe Preciado Joseph Imbesi 1:22.47
1996 Langfuhr 4 Jorge Chavez Michael Keogh Gus Schickedanz 1:21.90
1995 Not Surprising 5 Robbie Davis Judson Van Worp Robert Van Worp 1:21.91
1994 American Chance 5 Pat Day David M. Carroll John D. Gunther 1:22.74
1993 Birdonthewire 4 Mike E. Smith Philip M. Serpe Robert Kaufman 1:21.88
1992 Rubiano 5 Julie Krone Flint S. Schulhofer Centennial Farms 1:22.54
1991 Housebuster 4 Craig Perret Warren A. Croll, Jr. Robert P. Levy 1:21.08
1990 Lay Down 6 Chris Antley C. R. McGaughey III Ogden Mills Phipps 1:22.80
1989 Quick Call 5 Pat Day Sidney Watters, Jr. Lynda S. Stokes 1:21.80
1988 Quick Call 4 Pat Day Sidney Watters, Jr. Lynda S. Stokes 1:21.00
1987 Groovy 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. Jose A. Martin Prestonwood Farm 1:21.80
1986 Groovy 3 Jose A. Santos Jose A. Martin John A. Ballis 1:21.20
1985 Ziggy's Boy 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. Walter A. Kelley John B. Singer 1:21.20
1984 Mugatea 4 Robbie Davis John O. Hertler Paul Hoffman 1:22.40
1983 Maudlin 5 Angel Cordero, Jr. Jan H. Nerud Tartan Stable 1:21.60
1982 Engine One 4 Ruben Hernandez Sylvester Veitch Benjamin Ferguson II 1:21.20
1981 Fappiano 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. Jan H. Nerud John A. Nerud 1:33.80
1980 Tanthem 5 Jorge Velasquez Doug Worswick Ronald Worswick 1:35.00


  1. ^ "Forego Handicap Statistics". Retrieved 27 August 2016.