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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, October 12, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, October 12, 2013

Race 1, All 2-year-olds, 6 ½ Furlongs, Dirt, 12:50 p.m.

REACH FOR YIELD (chestnut colt, Curlin—Lucky Soph, by Cozzene) is a half-brother to Lucky Pulpit, who won a minor turf sprint stakes at Arlington Park and was second in the Grade 2 Santa Catalina over a route of ground on the dirt. Another half-brother, Drewman, placed in a pair of route stakes. Their dam is a winning daughter of two-time Grade 3 winner Lucky Spell, who also produced English Group 3 winner Merlins Charm and Goldspell, who took a restricted stakes at Del Mar. Lucky Spell also produced Trolley Song, the dam of Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile victor Unbridled’s Song.

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Sales history: $150,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

RED KNOT (dark bay or brown colt, Birdstone—Kentucky Whisper, by Southern Halo) is a half-brother to a pair of turf stakes winners: Love to Tell, who captured stakes at Louisiana Downs, the Fair Grounds, and Sam Houston; and Volcat, who annexed last year’s Grade 3 Virginia Oaks. Two additional half-siblings, Economic Swoon and Special Skills, are stakes placed. Their dam is an unraced half-sister to Setareh, who won two restricted stakes and was third in the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap.

Owner: Black Swan Stable & Barry Schwartz

Trainer: Allen Iwinski

Jockey: Manuel Franco

Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

SMARTY BURNS (chestnut colt, Smart Strike—Mon Belle, by Maria’s Mon) is a half-brother to Supreme, a turf sprinter who won a minor stakes at Colonial Downs and was second in the Grade 3 Royal North at Woodbine. He also won a pair of sprints on the dirt. His dam is a winning full-sister to 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos.

Owner: Stonestreet Stables

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $900,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, October 10, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, October 10, 2013

Race 7, All 2-year-olds, Seven Furlongs, Turf, 4:02 p.m.

GIBSON’S BULLET (chestnut colt, Montbrook—Catch the Ghost, by Silver Ghost) is out of a winning half-sister to 2004 Horse of the Year and Breeders’ Cup Classic victor Ghostzapper, Grade 1 Hopeful hero City Zip, and Grade 3 Durham Cup winner City Wolf. Catch the Ghost has produced four winners (one on the turf) from seven starters, including Phantom Income, who took the restricted N.A.T.C. Futurity (Fillies) as a 2-year-old.

Owner: East Avenue Stable

Trainer: Barclay Tagg

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

Sales history: $50,000 OBS June 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 4/5 seconds, video)

 

DOUBLE WHAMMY (dark bay or brown colt, Arch—Falling Springs, by Mr. Prospector) is out of an unraced half-sister to Astoria winner Aces. Falling Springs has produced three winners from as many starters, but none have won on the turf. Her top foal is Easy Gallop, who placed in a sprint stakes at the Meadowlands.

Owner: Mill House

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $125,000 Keeneland September yearling; $535,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, October 6, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, October 6, 2013

Race 1, All 2-year-olds, Six Furlongs, Dirt, 12:50 p.m.

HOOK EM (chestnut colt, Giant’s Causeway—Mattieandmorgan, by Smart Strike) is the first foal out of his dam, who was winless in seven starts. Mattieandmorgan is a half-sister to four turf stakes winners. Topping the list are Shakespeare, who won the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational and Grade 1 Woodbine mile, and Perfect Shirl, who upset the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. Fantastic Shirl, meanwhile, won the restricted De La Rose and placed in a pair of graded stakes, and Lady Shakespeare took the Grade 2 New York and Grade 3 Bewitch.

Owner: James McIngvale

Trainer: William Turner, Jr.

Jockey: Edgar Prado

Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

CAIRO PRINCE (gray/roan colt, Pioneerof the Nile—Holy Bubbette, by Holy Bull) is out of a sprinter who won stakes at Woodbine and Louisiana and was third in a Grade 3 at Calder Race Course. Holy Bubbette has produced three winners from as many foals to race, including stakes-placed runners Nonna Mia (third in the Grade 1 Frizette and Grade 3 Tempted) and Holdin Bullets (second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint).

Owner: Paul Braverman, Terrence Murray, Harvey Clarke, et al.

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $200,000 Keeneland January yearling; $250,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Race 2, 2-year-old Fillies, Six Furlongs, Dirt, 1:22 p.m.

STATE VISIT (bay filly, Tiz Wonderful—Sheba Queen, by Empire Maker) is the first foal out of her unraced dam, a half-sister to four-time graded stakes-winning turfer Starformer (Grade 2 New York, Grade 3 Robert G. Dick Memorial, Grade 3 Long Island Handicap, Grade 3 The Very One). State Visit’s second dam, Etoile Montante, captured the Group 1 Prix de la Foret in France and won the Grade 2 Palomar Handicap and was Grade 1 placed in the United States.

Owner: Juddmonte Farms

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

JULIE NAPP (dark bay or brown filly, Curlin—Garden District, by Dixie Union) is the first foal out of her dam, who won the Grade 3 Debutante as a 2-year-old. Julie Napp’s second dam, Brisquette, placed in four stakes, including a Grade 3.

Owner: MeB Racing Stables & Brooklyn Boyz Stables

Trainer: Dominick Schettino

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $215,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling

 

CO COLA (chestnut filly, Candy Ride—Yong Musician, by Yonaguska) is out of a winning half-sister to Canadian Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Kimchi, who won the restricted Woodbine Oaks and Bison City for 3-year-old fillies. Yong Musician’s only other foal to race has one win in four starts.

Owner: Bortolazzo Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $75,000 Keeneland November weanling; $59,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, October 3, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, October 3, 2013

Race 1, 2-year-old Fillies, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 12:50 p.m.

STATUS (chestnut filly, Big Brown—Backseat Rhythm, by El Corredor) is the first foal out of her dam, who as a 2-year-old finished second in the Grade 1 Frizette and third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on the dirt. She was switched to the grass as a 3-year-old, winning the Grade 1 Garden City and Grade 2 Lake Placid. At 4, she took the Grade 3 Hillsborough on the grass.

Owner: Paul J. Pompa, Jr.

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

TOUCH THE STAR (chestnut filly, Tapit—Willstar, by Nureyev) is a half-sister to Etoile Montante, who captured the Group 1 Prix de la Foret in France and won the Grade 2 Palomar Handicap and was Grade 1 placed in the United States. Their dam, who has produced six winners from 10 starters, is a winning half-sister to Hometown Queen, adirt runner who won a listed stakes and placed in three Grade 1 events; and turf filly Revasser, who took the Grade 2 Tidal Handicap, finished third in the Grade 1 Santa Barbara Handicap, and placed in group stakes in France and Italy. Touch the Star’s third dam is Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Chris Evert.

Owner: Juddmonte Farms

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Luis Saez