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Forbes' Firsters

 

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 24

Jon Forbes

RACE 3, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, SIX FURLONGS, 12:56 P.M.

GALICO (chestnut colt, Mr. Greeley—Safari Queen, by Lode) is out of a mare who won Group 1 races on dirt and turf in Argentina en route to being named that country’s Champion Two-Year-Old filly. After coming to the United States, Safari Queen won the Grade 2 Long Island Handicap, Grade 3 Orchid Handicap, and Grade 3 Bewitch on the grass and took an off-the-turf edition of the Grade 2 La Prevoyante. Galico is the second foal and first to race out of Safari Queen, a full-sister to Argentine group-placed runners Safari Lady and Safari River.

Owner: Arindel Farm
Trainer: George Weaver
Jockey: Eddie Castro

 

ABLE BAKER CHARLIE (dark bay/brown colt, Indian Charlie—Plaid, by Deputy Commander) is out of a mare who won five route stakes and was third in the Grade 3 Gardenia Handicap. Dance for Dixie has one other foal of racing age, Starship Sapphire, whose lone victory to date came in a maiden claimer at River Downs.

Owner: Crossed Sabres Farm
Trainer: John Hertler
Jockey: Keiber Coa
Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland November weanling

 

GLOBAL ASSET (bay colt, Indian Charlie—Dance for Dixie, by Unaccounted For) is a half-brother to Summer Doldrums, who won the Whirlaway on dirt, the Grade 3 Colonial Turf Cup on the grass, and the Presque Isle Mile over a synthetic surface. Their dam was third in the listed Pocahontas as a 2-year-old and is half-sister to listed stakes winner Cielo Girl.

Owner: Lewis Lee
Trainer: Mark Hennig
Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez
Sales history: $225,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10

Jon Forbes

RACE 4, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, 6 ½ FURLONGS, DIRT, 1:47 P.M.

LOGAN’S MOON (bay colt, Malibu Moon—Press Camp, by Comic Strip) is out of a mare who won two stakes at Golden Gate Fields and was second in the Grade 3 Miss Preakness. As a broodmare, Press Camp has produced two other foals to race with one winner who captured a maiden special weight and three claiming races.

Owner: Marc C. Ferrell
Trainer: Nick Canani
Jockey: Pablo Morales
Sales history: $65,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

VALID (dark bay/brown colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Grand Prayer, by Grand Slam) is a half-brother to Malibu Prayer, who won four stakes, including the Grade 1 Ruffian Invitational Handicap. Valid’s only other sibling to race has one placing in three starts. Their dam won a route stakes at Monmouth Park and is a half-sister to Grade 2 Bonnie Miss heroine Tap Dance.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Eddie Castro
Sales history: $500,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

Jon Forbes

RACE 5, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, ONE MILE, 2:35 P.M.

SNIFTER (dark bay/brown colt, Bernardini—Brandy Rose, by Distinctive Pro) is a half-brother to three stakes winners, including Grade 1 Alabama winner Sweet Symphony. A.P. Indy sired Sweet Symphony as well as Bernardini. Snifter’s dam is a half-sister to Hall of Fame inductee Holy Bull, whose exploits included Grade 1 wins in the Futurity, Florida Derby, Blue Grass, Metropolitan Handicap, Haskell Invitational, and Travers. Snifter was the fourth most expensive of 51 yearlings by his sire to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: Michael Tabor, John Magnier & Derrick Smith
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Eddie Castro
Sales history: $875,000 Keeneland September yearling



TIZ CHRIS (bay colt, Tiz Wonderful—Foolish Kiss, by Kissin Kris) is out of a stakes-placed half-sister to Saintly Prospector, who took the Grade 3 Omaha Gold Cup and was second in the Grade 1 Super Derby. One of two foals out of Foolish Kiss to race has won. Tiz Chris is the most expensive of 26 juveniles by his sire to sell at auction this year.

Owner: Stonestreet Stables
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez
Sales history: $52,000 OBS August yearling; $525,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 seconds, video)



FEDERAL AGENT (chesnut colt, Curlin—Gwenjinsky, by Seattle Dancer) is a half-brother to three stakes winners, including Lead Story, who posted Grade 2 wins in the Falls City Handicap, Louisville Handicap, and Churchill Downs Distaff Handicap. Gwenjinsky is a half-sister to Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff heroine Unbridled Elaine, who in turn produced dual Grade 2 winner Etched and Grade 3 victor Out of Bounds. Glitter Woman, another half-sister to Gwenjinsky, took the Grade 1 Ashland and produced Grade 1 Suburban winner Political Force. 

Owner: W.S. Farish & Lazy F Ranch
Trainer: Angel Penna, Jr.
Jockey: Alan Garcia