Friday, September 19, 2014
Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, September 20, 2014
Race 9, All 2-year-olds, 6 ½ furlongs, dirt, 5:17 p.m.
STREET JERSEY (chestnut colt, Street Cry—Jersey Girl, by Belong to Me) is a half-brother to Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap and Grade 2 Kelso Handicap winner Jersey Town. Their dam posted Grade 1 wins in the Acorn, Mother Goose, and Test. Excluding Street Jersey, Jersey Girl has produced eight foals of racing age; four have started and three have won.
Owner: Charles E. Fipke
Trainer: Barclay Tagg
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
SIGNATURE LOOK (dark bay or brown colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Ensenada, by Seeking the Gold) is a half-brother to Casino Host, winner of the Grade 2 Mervin H. Muniz, Jr. Handicap and Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap and third in the Grade 1 Eddie Read on the turf. Ensenada, who was second in a minor stakes at the Meadowlands, has produced four winners from as many starters. Ensenada is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Sahara Gold, the dam of Better Lucky, who has won a pair of Grade 1 races on the grass. Signature Look’s second dam is Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Desert Stormer.
Owner: Richard Santulli
Trainer: Alan Goldberg
Jockey: John Velazquez
SKILL NOT LUCK (chestnut colt, Lookin At Lucky—Chief Secretary, by Deputy Minister) is a half-brother to Left a Message, a long-distance turf runner who has won the Flamin Page at Woodbine and finished third in the Grade 3 Long Island Handicap. Their dam won her only start, which came on the turf, and is a half-sister to Exchange Rate, who won the Grade 2 Tom Fool Handicap on the dirt and was third in the Grade 2 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on the grass; and Sabre d’Argent, a Group 3 winner in England. Chief Secretary has produced three winners (one on the dirt) from as many starters. Skill Not Luck is the most expensive of 18 juveniles by his sire to sell at auction this year.
Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Joe Bravo
Sales history: $40,000 Keeneland September yearling; $320,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)
TAKE COVER (dark bay or brown colt, War Front—Juliet’s Way, by Farma Way) is a half-brother three stakes winners: Gleaming Elegance, who took a minor stakes at Sunland Park; Juliet’s Spirit, who garnered a pair of listed stakes on Woodbine’s synthetic surface as a juvenile, and at 3 won a listed stakes at Charles Town and was third in the Grade 3 Victory Ride on the dirt; and Vuitton, who has won stakes at Oaklawn Park and Churchill Downs. Juliet’s Spirit and Vuitton are both by Exchange Rate, a son of Danzig, the sire of War Front. Take Cover’s unraced dam, a half-sister to Grade 2 Razorback Handicap winner Juliannus and multiple stakes winner/Grade 3 placed Julie the Flapper, has produced five winners from six starters.
Owner: Padua Stables & Richard Santulli
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
FIRST DOWN (bay colt, Street Sense—Storm Lily, by Storm Cat) is a grandson of Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas, Group 1 Coronation, Group 1 Nassau, and Group 2 Henkel-Rennen (German 1000 Guineas) heroine Crimplene. First Down’s first dam has produced two winners from as many starters, including Gold City, who was stakes placed in England as a juvenile. Storm Lily is a half-sister to Crimson Sun, who was Group 3 placed in England.
Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Thomas Albertrani
Jockey: Christopher DeCarlo
Race 10, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 5:49 p.m.
SKY TOWER (bay colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Maiden Tower, by Groom Dancer) is a half-brother to a pair of horses who earned black-type in France: Penglai Pavilion, who has won a listed stakes and is Group 2 placed; and Picture Hat, who was second in a listed stakes. Picture Hat is by El Prado, the sire of Medaglia d’Oro. Their dam began her career in France, where she won the Group 2 Prix de Sandringham and was second in the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas). In the United States, she was second in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. Maiden Tower has produced four turf winners from six starters.
Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Manuel Franco
FORBES’ FIRSTERS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible for Forbes’ Firsters, a first-time starter running in a non-statebred race must meet at least one of the following criteria:
* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare
* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner
* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare
* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner
* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000
* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000
* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner
* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner
* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction