Honest Pleasure (green silks) was the heaviest choice going into the Kentucky Derby since Citation, but bold, front-running Bold Forbes won by a length.
The choice for Horse of the Year was a foregone conclusion. It was Forego by a furlong. He clinched the title, his third straight, by overtaking Honest Pleasure in the stretch in the Marlboro Cup, despite a sloppy track—just the kind he supposedly hates—and the 137 pounds on his back. That was the most weight carried by a winner of a major race in 55 years. In trotting, Steve Lobell needed a rare fourth go-round to win the Hambletonian. The victor was so hot after all those heats that he collapsed.
Lobell won $132,000 in the Hambo, but almost lost his life.
In the Woodward, Forego gave away 57 pounds to three of the best 3-year-olds and still triumphed with a blazing finish.
Shoe, here's mud in your eye—and ear and nose and throat—for becoming the first jockey to win more than 7,000 races.