Remembering Mighty Forego

May 2018
East Coast Of U.S.A.

For many years I had the same reserved seats in the clubhouse on Belmont Day. Attending the wedding ceremony of a niece did not prevent me from being in my seat on the first Saturday in June. (I made it to the reception.)

Affirmed was the last Triple Crown winner I witnessed, and one of the last Belmont’s I attended.

1978 – Affirmed

1977 – Seattle Slew

1973 – Secretariat

FOREGO by Richard Stone Reeves

NOTE: Forgo finished fourth in Secretariat’s Kentucky Derby when he was locked inside. Later in his racing career his trainers knew he had to have racing room. I still believe that he would have beat Secretariat in that small field:

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May 2018
East Coast Of U.S.A.

Forgo finished fourth in Secretariat’s Kentucky Derby when he was locked inside.
Forego was the victim of a bad ride. I suspect that the same is true of Restoring Hope:

“Justify is a super horse. He is a Triple Crown winner and he’s undefeated,” said Repole, emphasizing his admiration for the powerful, 6-for-6 colt. “But I can see the stewards looking into this over the next couple of days. I probably expect them to look into reckless riding by Florent and bring him in to question him about what he was thinking and what his tactics were.”

While Justify and Mike Smith, his Hall of Fame rider, smoothly accelerated after breaking from the rail to seize the early lead, Geroux rode vigorously to hustle Restoring Hope toward the front. He soon assumed a position just behind Justify and to his outside.

“It definitely seemed to me he was more of an offensive lineman than a racehorse trying to win the Belmont,” said Repole of 37-1 Restoring Hope, “and Justify was a running back trying to run for a touchdown.”

“I have no earthly idea what Florent was thinking or what his race strategy was,” he said in an email response to a request for an interview. “Had I known better, the first eighth of a mile I would have thought it was a quarter-horse race, not the mile-and-a-half Belmont. Maybe the horse was completely out of control and Florent had no choice. I will never know.”​

Belmont controversy erupts: Did alliance ensure a Justify victory?
By Tom Pedulla
June 10, 2018 | 3:08pm
The greatest jockey of his day made a mistake in the greatest field that ever went to post in the greatest Kentucky Derby ever ran:

Shoemaker’s Miscue in ’57 Is Still Being Discussed
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On the other hand many experts say the greatest thoroughbred of all-time, Man o' War, was the victim of a bad ride when he lost his only race to a horse appropriately named Upset.

But Man o’ War (1917 – 1947) possibly the greatest horse of all-time never won the 1920 Kentucky Derby because he was never entered into the race.

Man o’ War had won his first six races before his first and only loss which came as a two-year-old at the Sanford Memorial in Saratoga, NY on August 13, 1919.

Man o’ War’s defeat was due to a combination of many factors including a bad ride by the jockey and Man o’ War not breaking cleanly at the start because he was facing the wrong way (there were no starting gates back then). When the race began Man o’ War was still being turned around into position as the other horses broke from the post.​

The Greatest Horse Of All-Time Did Not Win The Kentucky Derby

The Greatest Race Horse of All-Time Didn't Win the Kentucky Derby

Finally, I always thought that little men riding big horses is a better sport than scantily clad big men throwing a round ball threw a hoop.