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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, December 14, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, December 14, 2013

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, Six Furlongs, Dirt, 1:18 p.m.

JEREMY’S SONG (dark bay or brown colt, Unbridled’s Song—Pampered Princess, by Indian Charlie) is out of a mare who won eight route stakes, including the Grade 1 Spinster. Pampered Princess has produced three starters, and two of them have won a single race.

Owner: J. Moirano, L. Green, M. Valentine, Harold Lerner LLC & A. Moirano

Trainer: Gary Contessa

Jockey: Abel Castellano

Sales history: $50,000 Keeneland September yearling; $280,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, November 30, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, November 30, 2013

Race 2, 2-year-old Fillies, Seven Furlongs, Dirt, 12:28 p.m.

DAME DOROTHY (bay filly, Bernardini—Vole Vole Monamour, by Woodman) is a half-sister to Mrs. Lindsay, who won the Group 1 Prix Vermeille in France and the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor in Canada. All four starters out of Vole Vole Monamour, who won a single race in France, have won, none on the dirt.

Owner: Bobby Flay

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $390,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FADE TO BLACK (chestnut filly, Street Cry—Desert Song, by Unbridled’s Song) is the first foal out of her dam, an unplaced half-sister to 2006 Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Dreaming of Anna, whose accomplishments included a win in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on the dirt and four graded stakes on the grass. Desert Song also is a half-sister to Lewis Michael, who won the Grade 2 Washington Park Handicap and Grade 2 Pat O’Brien Handicap on Polytrack and placed in the Grade 2 Peter Pan on the dirt; and Justenuffhumor, who captured the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap and Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap on the turf.

Owner: MeB Racing Stables & Brooklyn Boyz Stables

Trainer: Dominick Schettino

Jockey: Pablo Morales

Sales history: $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling

 

Race 5, All 2-year-olds, Seven Furlongs, Dirt, 1:53 p.m.

IRONICUS (gray/roan colt, Distorted Humor—Meghan’s Joy, by A.P. Indy) is a half-brother to three stakes winners, including Hunting, who took the Grade 3 Stuyvesant Handicap. The other two stakes winners were turf runners, with Quiet Harbor taking the Grade 3 Violet and Seal Cove winning a listed stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack and a restricted stakes at Saratoga Race Course. Their dam, who has produced six winners from seven starters, placed in three stakes on the dirt and won over both surfaces.

Owner: Stuart S. Janney III

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Luis Saez

 

JUBA (gray/roan colt, Tapit—Adoradancer, by Danzig Connection) is a half-brother to Saint Anddan, who won the Grade 2 Churchill Downs. Their dam won a single race, a dirt route, in 19 starts and placed in a turf sprint stakes. Adoradancer is a half-sister to Sensitivity, who won a listed stakes and placed in three black-type events in France; Luftikus, who took the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap; and Diversa, who annexed the Busanda and Busher and finished third in the Grade 3 Next Move Handicap, all at Aqueduct.

Owner: Centennial Farms

Trainer: James Jerkens

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

Sales history: $250,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

MONOPOLIZE (bay colt, Bernardini—Jaramar Rain, by Thunder Gulch) is out of a mare who won a listed stakes at Delaware Park and was second in the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap. Jaramar Rain has produced four winners from five starters, including stakes-placed runners Imperial Council, who placed in the Grade 2 Peter Pan, Grade 2 Commonwealth, and Grade 3 Gotham; and Minesave, who earned black type in two stakes at Delta Downs and one race at Oaklawn Park.

Owner: Repole Stables

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Rafael Bejarano

Sales history: $500,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

 

SEAN AND MATT (dark bay or brown colt, Rockport Harbor—Mary’s Dream, by Skywalker) is a half-brother to Dream of Summer, who won the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap and four graded stakes total. Dream of Summer later produced Creative Cause, who won the Grade 1 Norfolk and finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Preakness. Six of eight starters out of Mary’s Dream have won.

Owner: MeB Racing Stables & Brooklyn Boyz Stables

Trainer: Dominick Schettino

Jockey: Pablo Morales

Sales history: $80,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

HERIDITARY (dark bay or brown colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Pleasant Home, by Seeking the Gold) is out of a mare who registered a 30-1 upset when she won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff by 9 ¼ lengths. Pleasant Home, who has produced two winners from three starters, is a full-sister to Country Hideaway, who captured four graded stakes, including two editions of the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap, and placed in three Grade 1 events. Pleasant Home has produced two winners from three starters.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, November 16, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, November 16, 2013

Race 4, All 2-year-olds, One Mile, Dirt, 1:47 p.m.

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)

 

CONSISTENCY (chestnut colt, Lemon Drop Kid—Blushing Broad, by Broad Brush) is a half-brother to Love’s Blush, who won restricted stakes at Laurel Park on the dirt and the turf. Their dam placed in restricted stakes at Laurel and Pimlico and is a half-sister to Brushing Gloom (winner of the Grade 3 Fair Grounds Oaks) and Clash By Night (won four stakes, placed in the Grade 2 Ohio Derby and Grade 3 John B. Campbell). All three starters out of Blushing Broad have won.

Owner: James McIngvale

Trainer: William Turner, Jr.

Jockey: Alex Solis

Sales history: $75,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium yearling

 

Race 9, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 4:12 p.m.

WESTERN EXCHANGE (gray/roan colt, Exchange Rate—Western Vision, by Gone West) is a half-brother to The Rectifier, who won a listed stakes in England. The Rectifier is by Langfuhr, who, like Exchange Rate, is a son of Danzig. Their dam is an unraced half-sister to Rahys’ Appeal, who won the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap and placed in the Grade 1 Santa Maria on the dirt, and placed in the Grade 2 San Gorgonio Handicap and Grade 3 Eatontown Handicap on the grass.

Owner: Peter Deutsch

Trainer: Christophe Clement

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

Sales history: $130,000 Keeneland November weanling; $180,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling

 

SEAL TEAM SIX (dark bay or brown colt, Distorted Humor—African Skies, by Johannesburg) is the first foal out of his dam, who won a Group 3 in England. Seal Team Six’s third dam, Matiya, won the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas and placed in the Group 1 English 1000 Guineas, Group 1 Fillies’ Mile, and Group 1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks).

Owner: Wounded Warrior Stables

Trainer: Gary Contessa

Jockey: Manuel Franco

Sales history: $180,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling; $240,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, November 10, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, November 10, 2013

Race 1, 2-year-old Fillies, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 12:20 p.m.

 

FORTHELOVEOFNELL (bay filly, Galileo—Nell Gwyn, by Danehill) is the third foal to race out of her dam, who was second in a Group 3 in Ireland. Nell Gwyn is a full-sister to European Horse of the Year Rock of Gibraltar, who posted Group 1 wins in the Grand Criterium, Dewhurst, English 2000 Guineas, Irish 2000 Guineas, St James’s Palace, Sussex, and Prix du Moulin de Longchamp. Nell Gwyn has produced one winner from two starters, and that horse, Waver, has won on the turf and over an all-weather surface in Ireland.

Owner: Merriebelle Stable

Trainer: H. Graham Motion

Jockey: Chris DeCarlo

Sales history: $450,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling

 

LAUDED (bay filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Bless, by Mr. Prospector) is a half-sister to Brave Tin Soldier, who won the Grade 3 Cliff Hanger in the United States and a listed stakes in Ireland. Their dam is an unraced full-sister to Grade 1 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus. From five starters, Bless has produced three winners, two on the turf.

Owner: Mark B. Grier

Trainer: Mark Hennig

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

Sales history: $200,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Race 4, 2-year-old Fillies, Six Furlongs, Dirt, 1:47 p.m.

RUNNING WILD (bay filly, Indian Charlie—Race Artist, by Mr. Prospector) is a half-brother to multi-surface threat Cherokee Artist, who has won the Presque Isle Mile on a synthetic surface, placed in the Grade 2 Ohio Derby and Grade 3 Barbaro on the dirt, and placed in Grade 3 Canadian Turf on the grass. Another half-sibling, Cherokee Girl, was a sprinter who won a restricted stakes at Gulfstream Park and was third in the Grade 3 Forward Gal. Their dam, a sprinter, won the Grade 3 Virginia Handicap and is a half-sister to stakes winners So Charming and So Dashing.

Owner: Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Allen Iwinski

Jockey: Abel Lezcano

 

ROSEDALE ARCH (bay filly, Arch—Love Cove, by Not For Love) is the first foal out of her dam, a turf runner who won the Ticonderoga Handicap and Shopping for Love overnight stakes, a pair of races for New York-bred fillies and mares. Love Cove is a half-sister to Half Heaven, who won four stakes on the turf and synthetic surfaces; Doll Baby, who won a sprint stakes for New York-breds at Finger Lakes; and Sweet Vendetta, who captured the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan.

Owner: Laue Ranch

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

 

MUMTAAZAH (chestnut filly, Tapit—Coral Necklace, by Conquistador Cielo) is a half-sister to Canadian Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Ginger Brew, who won the Woodbine Oaks and was second by a head against males in the Queens Plate on Woodbine’s synthetic track, and won the Calder Oaks and was second in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly on the turf. Mumtaazah also is a half-sister to Bourbon Bay, who won six graded stakes on the turf (San Juan Capistrano 2x, San Luis Rey 2x, San Luis Obispo, San Marcos) and the Grade 3 Cougar II Handicap on Del Mar’s artificial surface, and Booyah, who captured the Ralph M. Hinds Invitational Handicap at Fairplex.

Owner: Shadwell Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $525,000 Keeneland September