Friday, November 08, 2013
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