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Go for Gin (foaled April 18, 1991 in Kentucky) is an American thoroughbred racehorse best known as the winner of the 1994 Kentucky Derby. He was sired by Cormorant out of the dam Never Knock. He was ridden in the Derby by Chris McCarron, who had previously won the race on Alysheba.

Go for Gin
GrandsireHis Majesty
DamNever Knock
DamsireStage Door Johnny
Foaled (1991-04-18) April 18, 1991 (age 28)
CountryUnited States
BreederPamela duPont Darmstadt
OwnerWilliam J. Condren & Joseph M. Cornacchia
TrainerNicholas Zito
Record19: 5-7-2
Major wins
Remsen Stakes (1993)
Preview Stakes (1994) Triple Crown Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1994)
Preakness Stakes 2nd (1994)
Last updated on January 23, 2010

Born in Kentucky in 1991, Go for Gin 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.

Go for Gin is the second oldest living Kentucky Derby winner next to Sea Hero.


Racing historyEdit

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 won again, losing his last nine races.

1994 Kentucky DerbyEdit

The 120th Kentucky Derby was held on May 7, 1994, over a sloppy track. The race went 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. He started by ducking out, forcing Tabasco Cat into Brocco. By the 1/4 mile pole, Go for Gin moved up to second place behind Ulises. At the 1/2 mile pole, he led by half a length. As he entered the stretch, he increased the lead to four lengths. Strodes Creek and Blumin Affair both made late charges, closing the gap, but Go for Gin won by two lengths in a time of 2:03.72 and netted US$628,800 for the victory.[2] Tabasco Cat finished sixth in this race but won that year's other two legs of the Triple Crown. Go for Gin placed second in both of those races.

Race record at age 2Edit

Race Record at age 3Edit

Race record at age 4Edit

History at studEdit

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 earned 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]

Go For Gin enjoying fresh hay.


On August 11, 2011, Go for Gin moved to the Kentucky Horse Park, an equine-themed park and industry showplace in Lexington, Kentucky. Along with Thoroughbred champions Funny Cide, Da Hoss, and Point Given, he greets visitors to the Hall of Champions [7] Go for Gin is the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner in North America.[8]


Pedigree of Go for Gin[9]
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


  1. ^ Injury Retires Go for Gin at 4 - New York Times
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b Hot News Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Bonita Farm Stallions: Go For Gin Archived 2007-04-09 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Thoroughbred Times Interactive Stallion Directory
  6. ^ Pedigree Research: Go For Gin (Alan Porter) Archived 2007-04-09 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Go For Gin". Kentucky Horse Park. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  8. ^ Kenny, Tom (2017-05-04). "Oldest living Derby winner in North America reunites with jockey". ABC 36 News. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  9. ^ Stud card at Thoroughbred Times

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