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Dictionary Definition

forego v : be earlier in time; go back further; "Stone tools precede bronze tools" [syn: predate, precede, antecede, antedate] [ant: postdate] [also: forewent, foregone]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /'foɻgo/, /'/


forgan (for + gan).


  1. To precede, to go before.
  2. alternative spelling of forgo
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Usage notes

  • In sense 1, usually found in the form of the participles foregone (especially in the phrase "a foregone conclusion") and foregoing (usually used either attributively, as in "the foregoing discussion", or substantively, as in "subject to the foregoing").
  • In sense 2, many writers prefer the less common spelling forgo, on the grounds that it avoids ambiguity.


To precede.


Extensive Definition

Forego (1970-1997) was a highly successful American thoroughbred racehorse. Born on April 30, 1970, the bay gelding was owned and bred by Mrs. Martha Farish Gerry's Lazy F Ranch. Over Forego's long years of racing, he had three trainers: first Sherrill W. Ward, then when he became ill, Frank Y. Whiteley, Jr. and his son David A. Whiteley. He had two main jockeys: Hall of Famer Bill Shoemaker and Heliodoro Gustines.
Two things kept him from making a splash in 1973's race for the Triple Crown. First, he was still awkward as a 3-year-old, still growing into his size. Second and more importantly, 1970 was also the year Secretariat was born. Forego was fourth behind Secretariat in a Kentucky Derby that was run in record time (1:59 2/5), and while he contended in many Grade I races that year, he proved to be a late bloomer. His size and fractiousness led to his being gelded in order to race, thus setting him up for a long career. As a gelding, he raced as a champion handicap horse long after Secretariat retired to stud.
His time in the sun began when he was a four-year-old.

Forego's achievements

In 57 starts, he won 34, placed in 9, and came in third 7 times. His lifetime earnings amounted to $1,938,957. Forego won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Sprint Horse in 1974, and Eclipse Award for Outstanding Older Male Horse for four years running—1974, 1975, 1976, and 1977. He was voted the Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year for three years straight: 1974, 1975 and 1976. His countless handicap victories made this large son of Forli a handicap champion. His versatility is clearly demonstrated by his wins from 7 furlongs to the 2 mile Jockey Club Gold Cup. Because of his wins, he was constantly asked to carry more than 130 pounds, and still he won usually with a heart pounding burst of speed in the home stretch when he would close like a rocket and win in a photo finish against horses carrying up to 35 pounds less weight! His dramatic style became a crowd pleaser and the horse would draw people to the track who otherwise would not have come. Once, during a strike by betting machine workers, there was no wagering. Nevertheless, Forego drew over 10,000 people on a weekday who came out just to see him run in a warm up race. Forego was truly a champion handicap horse.
His most dramatic win -- which owner Martha Farish Gerry calls the most exciting moment of her racing career -- was Forego's victory in the 1976 Marlboro Cup at Belmont Park on Long Island. After contending for the lead, Forego faded to eighth of 11 horses on the backstretch, with Honest Pleasure holding the lead most of the way. But he kept sneaking up at the quarter pole. Sportscaster Dave Johnson's call in the final furlong was one for the ages:
Honest Pleasure has the lead. On the outside, here comes Forego! Father Hogan toward the rail. It's Honest Pleasure, Forego on the outside, Forego on the outside and Honest Pleasure! Here's the finish! TOO TIGHT TO CALL!
(Records are from "Champions, The Lives and Times and Past Performances of the 20th Century's Greatest Thoroughbreds," by the writers and editors of the Daily Racing Form.)


Forego moved to the Kentucky Horse Park in 1979, the year after his last race. He lived there for the rest of his life, enjoying his life and his fans until his death in 1997.
At 27, he broke his left hind leg in a paddock accident and had to be euthanized.
forego in Japanese: フォアゴー
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