BOLD FORBES (1973 - 2000)
Kentucky-bred Bold Forbes won two legs of the Thoroughbred Triple Crown: the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1976, ridden by the legendary jockey Angel Cordero, Jr. He was named Champion Three Year Old Colt that year. After a successful career at stud, where he sired two champions, he retired to the Kentucky Horse Park where he lived for nine years. He is buried behind the Hall of Champions.
Sired by Irish Castle, out of the mare Comely Nell, by Commodore M., Bold Forbes was foaled on March 31, 1973. He was bred by Lee Eaton and Red Bull Stables, and was foaled at Eaton Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. His bloodline can be traced to champion stallions Bold Ruler, Nasrullah and Bull Lea.
Bold Forbes won seven of eight starts in 1975, and was named Champion Two-Year-Old Colt in Puerto Rico. He also won the Saratoga Special and the San Jacinto Stakes, as well as the 1976 Wood Memorial and the Bay Shore Stakes. Bold Forbes was named Champion Three-Year-Old Colt of 1976 after he captured the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, and finished third in the Preakness, having been ridden in all three classics by Angel Cordero, Jr.
Bold Forbes was retired to stud after his three-year-old season with earnings of $546,536. He sired 13 crops through 1990 with 460 named foals and 304 winners, 30 of which were stakes winners, and his offspring have won over $18 million. Some of Bold Forbes' offspring include champions Tiffany Lass (winner of the Kentucky Oaks) and Bold Apparel, as well as Grade I stakes winner Air Forbes Won.
This dark bay/brown champion was moved to the Kentucky Horse Park in April 1991, retiring from a stud career at Stone Farm in Paris, Kentucky. He was a resident of the Hall of Champions for nine years. Until his death, he was the oldest living Kentucky Derby winner. He died August 9, 2000 at the age of 27. He was humanely euthanized due to renal failure and complications from gastroenteritis. He is buried at the Hall of Champions.
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Thoroughbred Dark Bay (foaled, March 31, 1973, in Kentucky) 15.3 hands by Irish Castle - Comely Nell, by Commodore M. Owner: A Syndicate; raced by E. Rodriques Tizol: on loan from Stone Farm, Inc. Breeder: Lee Eaton and Red Bull Stables Trainer: Lazaro S. Barrera Jockey: Angel Cordeo, Jr.
Accomplishments Champion Three Year Old-1976 Champion Two Year Old-Puerto Rico-1975 Winner of the 1976 Kentucky Derby, The Belmont Stakes, the Wood Memorial, San Jacinto and Saratoga Special Stakes. Oldest Living Kentcky Derby winner from 1995 to 2000
BOLD FORBES' Sire Record: 13 crops,460 named foals,304 winners,30 stakes winners,broodmare sire of 30 stakes winners, total progeny earnings of $18,606,620.Bold Forbes was pensioned in 1991. BOLD FORBES SIRED: TIFFANY LASS(1983 filly)-Champion 3 yr old filly,Ky Oaks(G1),Fantasy Stakes(G1),etc $534,943 BOLD APPAREL(1980 filly)-Champion 2 yr old filly(Italy),Premio Umbria (IT-II),etc FOBBY FORBES(1983 colt)-Capitol Handicap,Garden State Stakes,etc $498,270 DANEBO(1979 colt) San Pasquel(G2),San Carlos(G2),etc $381,888 DAME MYSTERIEUSE(1978 filly)Black Eyed Susan Stakes(G2),Bonnie Miss Stakes,etc $346,245 AIR FORBES WON(1979 colt)-Wood Memorial Stakes(G1),Gotham Stakes(G2),etc $237,700
Bold Forbes arrived at the Kentucky Horse Park in April 1991, and resided until his death due to infirmities of old age on August 9, 2000.
Bold Forbes' Career Record Totals and Pedigree