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Go for Gin
Sire Cormorant
Grandsire His Majesty
Dam Never Knock
Damsire Stage Door Johnny
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1991
Country United States United States
Colour Bay
Breeder Pamela duPont Darmstadt
Owner W. J. Condren & J. M. Cornacchia
Trainer Nicholas Zito
Record 19: 5-7-2
Earnings $1,380,866
Major wins
Remsen Stakes (1993)
Preview Stakes (1994)
American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1994)
Infobox last updated on: June 12, 2007.

Go for Gin (foaled 1991 in Kentucky) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse most well known as the winner of the 1994 Kentucky Derby. He was sired by Cormorant out of the dam Never Knock. For his Derby win, Chris McCarron was his jockey, who had previously won the Kentucky Derby on Alysheba.

Born in Kentucky in 1991, he was bred by Pamela duPont Darmstadt and trained by Nick Zito, who also trained 1991 Kentucky Derby winner Strike the Gold.

In 1995, Go for Gin suffered a small tear of a tendon sheath in his left foreleg while working out at Belmont Park.[1] This precipitated his retirement to stud.


Racing history

In total, 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 achieved a win again, losing nine races after his last victory at the Kentucky Derby.


1994 Kentucky Derby

The 120th Kentucky Derby was held on May 7, 1994 and featured a sloppy track. The race set 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. Go for Gin started by ducking out, forcing Tabasco Cat into Brocco. By the 1/4 mile pole, Go for Gin had reached 2nd place behind Ulises. At the 1/2 mile pole, Go for Gin had captured the lead by half a length. As he entered the stretch, he'd increased the lead to four lengths. Strodes Creek and Blumin Affair both made late charges, closing the gap some but not enough to close. Go for Gin finished with a time of 2:03.72. He won by two lengths, and netted US$628,800 for the victory.[2] Of note, Tabasco Cat finished in sixth place in this race, but went on to win 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

Race Record at age 3

Race record at age 4

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.[3] His stud feed as of 2007 is US$4000.[4] 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.[5] His runners have an average US$71,742 per starter.[6] He has sired seven stakes winners. In total, Go for Gin offspring have netted more than US$22 million in career winnings.[3]


Pedigree of Go for Gin[7]
b. 1974
His Majesty
b. 1968
b. 1952
Flower Bowl
b. 1952
Flower Bed
Song Sparrow
b. 1967
Tudor Minstrel
br. 1944
Owen Tudor
Swoons Tune
b. 1962
Swoon's Son
Never Knock
dkb/br. 1979
Stage Door Johnny
ch. 1965
Prince John
ch. 1953
Not Afraid
Peroxide Blonde
ch. 1960
Folie Douce
Never Hula
br. 1969
Never Bend
br. 1960
Hula Hula
br. 1952
Black Helen


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