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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 Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Race 3, 2-year-old Fillies, Seven Furlongs, Dirt, 1:54 p.m.

MISS BESILU (dark bay or brown filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Quiet Dance, by Quiet American) is a half-sister to 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam, whose accomplishments that year included Grade 1 wins in the Donn Handicap, Stephen Foster Handicap, Woodward, and Breeders’ Cup Classic. Saint Liam was just one of four stakes winners of Quiet Dance. Congressionalhonor won the Grade 3 Bay Meadows Derby on the turf, Quiet Giant took the Grade 2 Molly Pitcher and four other stakes, and Dance Quietly captured a stakes over the inner track at Aqueduct. All nine starters out of Quiet Dance have won. Quiet Dance herself won a restricted stakes at Pimlico and was second in the Grade 2 Demoiselle.

Owner: Besilu Stables

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $2.6 million Keeneland November weanling

 

INDY’S MILLION (bay filly, A.P. Indy—Million Gift, by Sunday Silence), a half-sister to Delaware Park stakes winner Million Seller, is out of an unplaced half-sister to Sky Beauty, who received the Eclipse Awards for Champion Three-Year-Old Filly and Champion Older Female and won nine Grade 1 races between the ages of 2 and 4. Half-sisters to Million Gift produced Tale of Ekati, Pleasant Home, and Country Hideaway. Indy’s Million’s second dam, Maplejinsky, won the Grade 1 Alabama and Grade 1 Monmouth Oaks and was a half-sister to recently deceased Group 1 victor Dayjur.

Owner: Charles E. Fipke

Trainer: Barclay Tagg

Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez

Sales history: $725,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

GLACKEN’S GIFT (dark bay or brown filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Glacken’s Gal, by Smoke Glacken) is a full-sister to Live Lively, who won this year’s Grade 2 Davona Dale. Their dam won the listed Astoria as a 2-year-old and is a half-sister stakes winners City Dweller and Banker’s Buy.

Owner: Edward A. Cox, Jr.

Trainer: Christophe Clement

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, September 28, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, September 28, 2013

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, Seven Furlongs, Dirt, 1:36 p.m.

PACHELBEL (bay colt, Distorted Humor—Music Note, by A.P. Indy) is the first foal out of his dam, who won five Grade 1 races. As a 3-year-old, Music Note won the Mother Goose, Coaching Club American Oaks, and Gazelle, was second by a nose in the Alabama, and finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. At 4, she added a win in the Beldame Invitational and cut back in distance to take the Ballerina. Music Note is a half-sister to Musical Chimes, who won the Group 1 Poule D'Essai Des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) before coming to the United States to post wins in the Grade 1 John C. Mabee Handicap and Grade 2 Oak Tree Mile.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 2:07 p.m.

GENUINE FLARE (dark bay or brown colt, Tiznow—True Flare, by Capote) is a half-brother to Art Master, who on the turf won a pair of Group 3 races in France and the Grade 3 Poker Handicap in the United States. He also is a half-brother to Indian Flare, who won the Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap on the dirt and a restricted stakes going down the hill on the turf at Santa Anita, and dirt runner Latent Heat, who took the Grade 1 Malibu and Grade 2 San Carlos. Their dam ran on the turf, winning two listed stakes and placing in a Group 3 in France. After being sent to the U.S., she captured the Grade 2 Rare Perfume and finished third in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks. True Flare is a full-sister to Capital Secret (Group 3 winner in Germany), and a half-sister to River Flare (two-time listed winner and Group 3 placed in France) and War Zone (Group 3 winner in France and Grade 3 winner in the United States). She also is a half-sister to Apple of Kent, who won the Grade 2 Shuvee Handicap and was third in the Grade 1 Hempstead Handicap on the dirt.

Owner: Juddmonte Farms

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

SIR J. J. (gray/roan colt, Lemon Drop Kid—Destiny Calls, by With Approval) is out of a mare who won six stakes for Louisiana-breds, one on the turf. Destiny Call is half-sister to You’llbeinmyheart and Nowandforevermore, who also won stakes for Louisiana-breds on the grass. She has produced one other starter, whose sole win in 12 starts came in a sprint on the dirt.

Owner: Fox Hill Farms

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Alan Garcia

Sales history: $62,000 Keeneland September yearling; $130,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 4/5 seconds, video)

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, September 26, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, September 26, 2013

Race 8, 2-year-old Fillies, Seven Furlongs, Turf, 4:45 p.m.

GINABLU (bay filly, Bluegrass Cat—Just a Ginny, by Go for Gin) is a half-sister to four stakes winners, including turf runner Logic Way, who in the United States won the Mohawk Handicap for New York-breds and was second in the Grade 2 W.L. McKnight Handicap. After being sent overseas, he won the non-black-type His Highness The Emir’s Trophy in Qatar. The other stakes winners out of Just a Ginny are Big Truck, who took the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby, Puerto Rican stakes winner Be a Ginny, and Marketway, who captured a stakes at Hastings Park. Just a Ginny herself won two races on the dirt and one on the turf.

Owner: Lakland Farm

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

WALK CLOSE (bay filly, Tapit—Spring Awakening, by In Excess) is out of a mare who won two stakes in Southern California as a 2-year-old and was second in Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante, all over synthetic surfaces. Spring Awakening, a half-sister to turf stakes winner Cat’s Cat, has one other foal of racing age, Oxford Babes, who was third in an Indiana Downs turf race in her only start to date.

Owner: Lindsay H. LaRoche

Trainer: Christophe Clement

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $180,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, September 22, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, September 22, 2013

Race 7, 2-year-old Fillies, 5 ½ Furlongs, Dirt, 4:13 p.m.

BIDDY MARTIN (dark bay or brown filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Misgoldy, by Miswaki) is out of a winning half-sister to Formal Gold, whose four graded stakes scores included victories in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap and Grade 1 Woodward; and Maple Lake, who won a restricted stakes at Woodbine. Misgoldy has produced two winners from three starters.

Owner: Martin S. Schwartz

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $250,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

 

LAS OLAS AZUR (chestnut filly, Bluegrass Cat—Round Trip Flight, by Monarchos) is out of a mare who won the listed Bay Meadows Oaks. Round Trip Flight’s only other foal of racing age is winless in three starts.

Owner: The Elkstone Group

Trainer: Philip Serpe

Jockey: Joe Bravo

 

EARTH TO MATHILDA (bay filly, First Samurai—Guide, by Pulpit) is out of a winning full-sister to Laity, who captured the listed Cradle and John Battaglia Memorial stakes. Guide also is a half-sister to three-time Grade 3 winner Trip (two wins in the Turfway Breeders’ Cup and one win in the Chicago Breeders’ Cup) and Joke, who took a pair of minor sprint stakes in Northern California. Joke later produced three-time Grade 1-winning sprinter Zensational. All five foals out of Guide to race have won.

Owner: Ken Geren

Trainer: John Terranova

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Sales history: $42,000 Keeneland September yearling; $110,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

 

Race 10, 2-year-old Fillies, One Mile, Turf, 5:49 p.m.

MEANS WELL (dark bay or brown filly, Smart Strike—Great Intentions, by Cat Thief) is out of a mare who won the Grade 2 First Flight Handicap and Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap. Great Intentions was unplaced in her lone start on the turf, but her half-sister Sea Road won minor turf stakes at Saratoga and Gulfstream Park and was Grade 3-placed over the weeds at Woodbine. Great Intentions has produced one winner from two starters, and that runner, No Splits, has won a pair of races on the grass.

Owner: Richard Santulli

Trainer: Alan Goldberg

Jockey: Christopher DeCarlo

 

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: Mike Smith

 

MEDAGLIA D’ARGENTO (dark bay or brown filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Meribel, by Peaks and Valleys) is out of a mare who won the Grade 3 Valley View over Keeneland’s synthetic surface and three restricted stakes on the turf in New York. Medaglia d’Argento is Meribel’s first starter.

Owner: R A Hill Stable, Joseph DiRico & George Weaver

Trainer: George Weaver

Jockey: Joe Bravo

Sales history: $150,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

DRAWS IN AS A MAIN-TRACK-ONLY ENTRANT:

KILLARNEY ROSE (bay filly, Ghostzapper—Koko Pop, by A.P. Indy) is the second foal to race out of his dam, an unraced daughter of Got Koko, who swept the La Cañada series at Santa Anita (Grade 1 La Brea, Grade 2 El Encino, Grade 2 La Cañada) and was third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Koko Pop’s only other foal to race, was third in a maiden claimer at Hollywood Park in her lone start.

Owner: Lindsay H. LaRouche

Trainer: Christophe Clement

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $47,000 Keeneland September yearling; $290,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)