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Wood Memorial winner Air Forbes Won dies

AIR FORBES WON, the winner of the Wood Memorial Stakes in 1982, was put down due to the infirmities of old age last monthat the age of 30.

A son of Bold Forbes, Air Forbes Won was bred in Ohio by Howard B. Noonan out of the Tobin Bronze mare Bronze Point.

He made his debut at three with a seven-and-a-half length win at Aqueduct, and added victories in the Gotham Stakes and Wood Memorial Stakes before starting favourite for the Kentucky Derby.

After finishing seventh to Gato Del Sol in the Churchill Downs Classic, Air Forbes Won, who was trained by Frank LaBoccettaand ran in the colours of Edward and Judith Anchel, filled the runner-up spot in the Pennsylvania Derby and Ohio Derby, in which he injured his tendon and was subsequently retired.

Air Forbes Won spent his entire stallion career at Wintergreen Farm in Kentucky.

His best progeny were Merecedes Won, a winner of the Hopeful Stakes and Florida Derby, and Yanks Music, who scored in the Mother Goose Stakes, Alabama Stakes, Ruffian Handicap and Beldame Stakes to be crowned the US champion three-year-old filly of 1996.






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