Lukas Double-Trouble in Forego

In Honor of Forego

ForegoSaratoga is somewhat winding down and it is time for the 2013 Forego Stakes. Now we have to go back in history to see just who or what was “Forego”. I know that most of you know the answer to this, but just bare with me while I enlighten the newcomers to the Sport of Kings and maybe even broaden the horizons of some of you old timers as well. First of all, Forego was a great racehorse. Maybe he isn’t in the class of Secretariat, but he was great nonetheless. As a 3 year old he finished fourth behind Secretariat in the Kentucky Derby. During that 3 year old campaign he had 18 starts and won nine of them with 3 seconds and 3 thirds for earnings of $188,909. He raced up until he was 8 years old when chronic fetlock problems ended his career. Forego won numerous awards among which was the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Male Horse four years in a row and was voted Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year three years in a row. That was quite an accomplishment. At 27 years of age, Forego broke his left hind leg in a paddock accident and had to be euthanized.

The Lukas 1-2 Punch

Fast BulletToday we honor Forego’s memory with the running of the stakes race in his name over a distance of 7 furlongs. This is a Grade 1 event for three year olds and up with a purse of $500,000. The morning line favorite is the D Wayne Lukas entry of Fast Bullet and Justin Phillip. The duo is set in at even money and it pains me to see that. I like Fast Bullet and my mouth was watering until I saw the morning line odds. You know how I hate betting favorites. But this horse has all the earmarks of going wire to wire in this race. Now Fast Bullet is raced sparingly, having only 1 outing since December and that was in June. There are reasons for this, but only Lukas and a handful of others know what those reasons are. Still he has been training very well as of late.

Justin PhillipFast Bullet will have some company for a while in Strapping Groom. He will try and keep up with the Bullet for a while but I believe he will fade like my favorite jeans. Still it could cause some problems for Fast Bullet. Sage Valley is set in at 7/2 in the morning line and is a stalker type horse. But personally I don’t believe he has the class to get the job done. He rose from the claiming ranks and managed to win a Grade 3 race with a perfect trip but I just don’t see it happening here. Another stalker in the race is the stable mate of Fast Bullet, Justin Phillip. He is coming off a Grade 1 win and has consistently proved that he is capable of winning at this level. ToughJackson Bend is one that likes to come from behind and he will make his presence known down the stretch. Whether he can get there or not is anyone’s guess.

Here is how I see this race shaking out. I believe Fast Bullet will hold on by the slimmest of margins and his buddy Justin Phillip will be second with a hard charging Jackson Bend third.

Good luck gals and guys!




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