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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 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16

Jon Forbes

RACE 3, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, ONE MILE & 70 YARDS, 1:26 P.M.

HOPE RULES (chestnut filly, Sky Mesa—Fun Crowd, by Easy Goer) is a half-sister to Funny Moon, who won the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks and Grade 2 Shuvee Handicap. A half-brother, Throng, captured minor stakes at Laurel Park and Arlington Park. Their dam is an unraced half-sister to Vanlandingham, who was named Champion Older Horse after winning races like the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup and Grade 1 Washington, D.C. International. Hope Rules was the most expensive of 37 yearlings by her sire to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: Waterville Lake Stable
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales history: $300,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling