KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER DIES

10 Mar 2022 10:42


 

Hall of Champions resident Go for Gin died due to heart failure March 8 at the Kentucky Horse Park, where he had lived since retiring from stud duty in June 2011. The 31-year-old was the oldest living Kentucky Derby (G1) winner.

As a 2-year-old, the son of Cormorant won the Remsen Stakes (G2). At 3, he was one of the few racehorses to beat the mighty Holy Bull, which he did in winning the 120th Kentucky Derby with Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron. He followed that win with a second in the Preakness Stakes (G1) and the Belmont Stakes (G1) losing both races to Tabasco Cat. From ages 2 to 4, Go for Gin had a record of 5-7-2 from 19 starts and earning $1,380,866.

He took up stud duty at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky and was later sold to Bonita Farm in Maryland, where he had been standing since 2004. His progeny have earned more than $19.5 million and include grade 1 winner Albert the Great, winner of more than $3 million.



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