Bold Forbes

Bold Forbes overcame his humble beginnings in Puerto Rico and used his brilliant speed to wire the field in both the 1976 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. Rider Angel Cordero was a perfect fit for the horse he referred to as his Puerto Rican Rolls Royce.

Bold Forbes’ weapon was his intense natural speed, made even more devastating by his game and genuine attitude when challenged. Voted Champion Three Year Old Male Horse, he lost Horse of the Year honors to his future Hall of Champions stablemate Forego.

Retired to stud after his 3-year-old season, he sired 13 crops of foals through 1990. Some of his offspring include Kentucky Oaks winner Tiffany Lass and Air Forbes Won.

Watch Bold Forbes win the 1976 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes.


Bay Stallion

Foaled on March 31, 1973 at Eaton Farms in Lexington, Kentucky

Died on August 9, 2000 at the Kentucky Horse Park

By Irish Castle, out of Comely Nell, by Commodore M

Breeder: Lee Eaton and Red Bull Stables

Owner: E. Rodriquez

Trainer: Lazaro S. Barrera

Titles / Awards

Champion Two-Year-Old in Puerto Rico (1975)

Champion Three-Year-Old (1976)

Oldest living Kentucky Derby winner (1995 to 2000)

Lifetime earnings: $546,536

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Notable Wins

Tremont Stakes

Saratoga Special Stakes (G2)
San Jacinto Stakes (G2)
Bay Shore Stakes (G3)
Santa Anita Handicap (G1)
Wood Memorial Stakes (G1)
Kentucky Derby (G1)
Belmont Stakes (G1)

Sire Record



stakes winners


broodmare sire

30 stakes winners in 13 crops

total progeny earnings


Successful Progeny

Air Forbes Won (1979 colt)

Wood Memorial Stakes (G1)
Gotham Stakes (G2)
Earnings: $237,700

Dame Mysterieuse (1978 filly)

Black Eyed Susan Stakes (G2)
Bonnie Miss Stakes
Earnings: $346,245

Danebo (1979 colt)

San Pasquel (G2)
San Carlos(G2)
Earnings: $381,888

Fobby Forbes (1983 colt)

Capitol Handicap
Garden State Stakes
Earnings: $498,270

Bold Apparel (1980 filly)

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly (Italy)
Premio Umbria
Earnings: Not Available

Tiffany Lass (1983 filly)

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly
Kentucky Oaks (G1)
Fantasy Stakes (G1)
Earnings: $534,943

Thoroughbred Horse Racing

Thoroughbred horse racing is the most popular form of horse racing in the world. Thoroughbreds were developed in England by crossing three foundation sires from the Middle East with native English mares. These horses race on dirt, turf or synthetic surfaces.

Hall of Champion Resident

April 1991 to August 2000

Cam Fella

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