Friday, November 15, 2013
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)