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Forbes’ Firsters is a series that takes a glance at the pedigrees and sales histories of select 2-year-olds who are making their debuts in maiden special weight races at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, or Saratoga Race Course. Many of history’s best horses have commenced their careers in New York, and Forbes’ Firsters will help fans find the stars of tomorrow as they head postward for the first time.

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, November 9, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, November 9, 2013

Race 1, All 2-year-olds, Six Furlongs, Dirt, 12:20 p.m.

SPECIAL AGENT (bay colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Secret Status, by A.P. Indy) is out of a mare who won the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and Grade 1 Mother Goose. Secret Status, a full-sister to Grade 3 Ben Ali and Grade 3 Fayette victor Alumni Hall and a half-sister to listed stakes winner Private Gift, also is the dam of Dunkirk, runner-up in the Grade 1 Florida Derby and Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. Three of six starters out of Secret Status have won.

Owner: W.S. Farish

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Manuel Franco

 

UNKNOWN ROAD (dark bay or brown colt, Bernardini—Banshee Winds, by Known Fact) is a half-brother to Banshee Breeze, who won five Grade 1 races (Coaching Club American Oaks, Alabama, Spinster, Apple Blossom Handicap, Go for Wand Handicap) and placed twice in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Kentucky Oaks. She was voted Champion Three-Year-Old Filly for 1998. Unknown Road also is a half-brother to restricted stakes winner Unbridled Wind. Banshee Winds has produced eight winners from 12 starters. 

Owner: Dennis Narlinger

Trainer: Michael Hushion

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

 

COUP DE GRACE (chestnut colt, Tapit—Home Court, by Storm Cat) is out of a Grade 3-placed (third in the Iowa Oaks) daughter of Champion Older Mare Jewel Princess, who won 10 stakes, including the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and three other Grade 1 races. Home Court, a full-sister to stakes winner One Nice Cat, has produced five winners from as many starters.

Owner: Fox Hill Farms

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $215,000 Fasig-Tipton November weanling; $300,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, November 7, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, November 7, 2013

Race 1, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/18 Miles, Dirt, 12:20 p.m.

CASPIAN SEA (dark bay or brown colt, Street Cry—Sea Chanter, by War Chant) is the first foal out of his dam, who raced primarily on the grass and won the Grade 3 Miesque as a 2-year-old and three other turf stakes. In six dirt starts, she won once, taking a restricted stakes at Belmont Park.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Luis Saez

 

MATTERHORN (bay colt, Tapit—Winter Garden, by Rahy) is a half-brother to Title Contender, who has won the Grade 3 Ohio Derby and Grade 3 British Columbia Derby. Title Contender is by Pulpit, the sire of Tapit. Matterhorn’s dam won the Grade 3 Bessarabian Handicap and Grade 3 George C. Hendrie and was third in the Grade 1 Selene. All three foals out of Winter Garden to race have won.

Owner: Michael Tabor, John Magnier & Derrick Smith

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $110,000 Keeneland September; $625,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, November 3, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, November 3, 2013

Race 1, 2-year-old Fillies, Six Furlongs, Dirt, 12:20 p.m.

SACRED MOON (chestnut filly, Malibu Moon—Madagascat, by Tale of the Cat) is out of an unplaced half-sister to three turf stakes winners: Lindsay Jean, who won the Grade 3 Brown Bess Handicap and a total of four turf stakes, as well as a single stakes on the dirt; Crozet, who took the listed Bay Meadows Oaks; and Honour Colony, who captured the listed Lady Canterbury Breeders’ Cup. Madagascat has produced two winners from as many starters, with Exchange Cat having won a race on the dirt and the turf and placed in a pair of overnight stakes on the grass at Belmont Park.

Owner: John D. Gunther

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $230,000 Keeneland November weanling

 

LAURA GOLIGHTLY (dark bay or brown filly, Indian Charlie—Chasenthebluesaway, by Real Quiet) is out of a winning half-sister to Gibson County, who won three sprint stakes for California-breds and was third in the Grade 2 San Vicente. Chasenthebluesaway, a daughter of multiple stakes-winning sprinter Miss Gibson County, has produced one other starter, Knoydart, who was unplaced in five starts in England.

Owner: Stonestreet Stables

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $160,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

TIZ SO SWEET (bay filly, Tiznow—Sweet Fervor, by Seeking the Gold) is out of a sprinter who won three stakes, including the Grade 3 Shirley Jones Breeders’ Cup Handicap. Tiz So Sweet is the first starter out of her dam, a half-sister to graded stakes winners Concerto (Grade 2 Jim Beam, Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Club, Grade 3 Clark Handicap) and Illusioned (Grade 3 Ack Ack Handicap, second in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop).

Owner: Kinsman Stable

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

Race 4, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, Turf, 1:47 p.m.

CLASSIC SENSE (dark bay or brown colt, Street Sense—Classic Strike, by Smart Strike) is a half-brother to Handsome Mike, who has won the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby routing on the dirt and the Grade 3 Commonwealth sprinting on a synthetic surface. Handsome Mike, entered in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Saturday, also has finished third in the Grade 3 Generous on the grass. Handsome Mike is the only winner from two starters out of Classic Strike, whose sole win came on the turf. Classic Strike is a half-sister to From Away, who captured a pair of stakes on the dirt.

Owner: Paul P. Pompa, Jr.

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history:  $195,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling; $300,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 4/5 seconds, video)

 

BLAST AWAY (chestnut colt, First Samurai—Hidden Reserve, by Mr. Prospector) is a half-brother to Philanthropist, who won the Grade 3 Queens County on the dirt, and Defer, who took the Grade 3 Laurel Futurity on the dirt and won two races and placed in a pair of stakes on the grass. Their dam placed in three graded stakes on the dirt (Grade 2 Demoiselle, Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses Handicap, Grade 2 Shuvee Handicap) and is a full-sister to Grade 1 Frizette and Grade 1 Top Flight Handicap heroine Educated Risk and a half-sister to Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner, Champion Older Female, and Hall of Fame inductee Inside Information.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Mike Luzzi

 

Coming to America: January 18, 2013

NYRA Press Office

Friday, January 18, 2013

Dominguez has been riding in the United States since 1996, the year he relocated from Venezuela to Florida to begin a new phase of his riding career. His first day of competing in the United States came on March 18, 1996 at Hialeah Park, and he finished second aboard his lone mount that day, Solo Moondance, a 3-year-old filly, in a $10,000 claiming race.

Nine days later, he won his first race in the U.S. when he rode the same filly to victory in another $10,000 claimer at Hialeah.

“My first racetrack was Hialeah, which was a beautiful racetrack,” said Dominguez. “I had a great time. Once I had set foot in this country and got a taste of racing, I knew there wasn’t any going back for me as far as doing this professionally anywhere else. This is home for me now.”

Dominguez said he, like many other jockeys in South America, had long aspired to ride in the U.S.

“Most South American countries follow racing from the United States. From the beginnings of a jockey, that’s anybody’s long-term dream, to be able to come to the United States, and so was mine,” said Dominguez. “I raced as an apprentice for a little less than a year in Venezuela, and when I had the chance to come and expand and try in the United States, I did.”

Dominguez downplayed the difficulty of having to adapt to living in a new country.

“From Day 1, I felt like this was home,” said Dominguez. “I got accustomed to everything here pretty quickly. I was young enough where I molded to the differences pretty quickly. I was pretty impressed with how organized everything was, not only in the racing world but in the outside as well. I kind of liked that. I got used to living here pretty quickly. Being in Florida, it was sort of home for me, too. A lot of Hispanic people, so I didn’t feel like I was out of my element.”