Go For Gin, 1994 Kentucky Derby winner, dies at 31


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Go For Gin, who won the Kentucky Derby in 1994 and was the race’s oldest living winner, has died. He was 31 years old.

Kentucky Horse Park announced on its website that Go For Gin died Tuesday of heart failure. He had been living there since retiring from stud in June 2011.

Coached by Hall of Famer Nick Zito, the son of Kentucky Cormorant and Stage Door Johnny’s Never Knock has won five times with seven and two-thirds in 19 starts. He earned $1.380 million for life and his offspring earned over $16.5 million.

With Hall of Famer Chris McCarron on board, Go For Gin started the 120th Derby from the No. 8 post on a sloppy track, but were ahead at the half mile on their way to a two-length win over Strodes Creek. Favorite Holy Bull finished 12th after breaking badly from the No. 4 post.

McCarron said he was saddened to learn of the horse’s passing and added, “My memories of him giving me a second Kentucky Derby victory will live on indelibly in my heart for as long as I live. Rest in peace, my old friend.

Go For Gin finished second to Tabasco Cat in the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes by ¾ and two lengths respectively.

Kentucky Horse Park Executive Director Lee Carter called Go For Gin an ambassador for the park who will be missed. The champion will be buried at his Memorial Walk of Champions with a public memorial service to be held at a later date.


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