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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, September 21, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, September 21, 2013

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

MANHATTAN JOHNNIE (dark bay or brown colt, Roman Ruler—Fancy Deed, by Alydeed) is out of an unraced half-sister to Champion Sprinter and two-time Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Midnight Lute, multiple graded stakes-placed sprinter Captain Cherokee, and stakes-placed runner Tusculum Road. Fancy Deed has produced one winner from two starters.

Owner: Joseph Bucci

Trainer: Eddie Kenneally

Jockey: David Cohen

Sales history: $150,000 Keeneland September yearling; $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

 

WICKED STRONG (bay colt, Hard Spun—Moyne Abbey, by Charismatic) is out of a winning half-sister to Gulch Approval, who on the grass won the Grade 3 Appleton Handicap and Grade 3 Oceanport Handicap and was third in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile, and Approval Rating, who won a listed stakes over the all-weather surface at Woodbine and placed in three graded stakes. Moyne Abbey’s lone foal to race, Abbey Street, has a single turf win in nine starts.

Owner: Centennial Farms

Trainer: James Jerkens

Jockey: Alex Solis

Sales history: $375,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

ROUND (bay colt, Arch—Enth, by Seeking the Gold) is out of a winning half-sister to Total, who at the Fair Grounds won a listed stakes and was second in the Grade 3 Silverbulletday, and Cease, who has won the listed Maxxam Gold Cup at Sam Houston and finished third in the Grade 1 Woodward. Round’s second dam, Limit, won the listed Busanda at Aqueduct and is a half-sister to Archipenko, who captured the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong. Enth’s lone starter, Apex, has a single win in seven starts.

Owner: Claiborne Farm

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

AWAY GAME (bay colt, Lemon Drop Kid—Tasha’s Delight, by Afternoon Deelites) is a full-brother to Wilkinson, who has won the Grade 3 LeComte on the dirt and the Grade 2 American Handicap on the turf. Tasha’s Delight won two races and was stakes placed on the dirt and was Grade 3 placed on the turf. Tasha’s Delight is a full-sister to Grade 2 Golden Rod winner Miss Pickums.

Owner: Ralph M. Evans

Trainer: Richard Violette, Jr.

Jockey: Michael Luzzi

Sales history: $10,000 Keeneland September yearling, $75,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 4/5 seconds, video)

 

Race 6, All 2-year-olds, One Mile, Turf, 3:41 p.m.

TEXAS ZIP (chestnut colt, City Zip—Head for Home, by Whiskey Wisdom) is out of a winning half-sister to Mousse Au Chocolat, who in France won a listed stakes and placed in a pair of group stakes, and Bala, who was third in the Grade 3 Natalma on the turf. Bala later produced multiple graded stakes-winning turfer Bay to Bay. Head for Home has produced three winners from as many starters, none on the grass.

Owner: Lake Lonely Racing

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Angel Arroyo

Sales history: $170,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

GREAT MINDS (dark bay or brown colt, Stroll—Staff Nurse, by Arch) is out of a two-time winner in France who is a half-sister to Love Medicine, who won a minor sprint stakes on the dirt at Monmouth Park; Hot Lear, who at Bay Meadows won three minor stakes on the dirt and was second in a minor turf stakes; and Intern, who captured stakes on the dirt and the turf at Arlington Park. All three foals out of Staff Nurse to race have won, including two on the turf.

Owner: Vince Wilfork

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

NOWHERE TO RUN (dark bay or brown colt, Kitten’s Joy—Winner’s Edge, by Seeking the Gold) is a half-brother to Return to Paradise, who captured a minor stakes on the turf at Arlington Park, and Coya, who took a minor stakes on the dirt at Charles Town. Return to Paradise is by El Prado, the sire of Kitten’s Joy. Nowhere to Run’s dam was second in the Grade 3 Affectionately Handicap on the grass and is a half-sister to Lucky Song, an English high-weighted filly who won a Group 2 stakes, and Pollock’s Luck, who won the Grade 3 Ascot Handicap over the spinach. 

Owner: Anstu Stables

Trainer: Michael Dilger

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $70,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

REQUEST (dark bay or brown colt, Dynaformer—Shades of Grace, by Seeking the Gold) is out of a placed half-sister to Fortitude, who won the Grade 3 Belmont Breeders’ Cup Handicap on the grass. Shades of Grace has produced one winner from four starters, and that horse, Blue Right By, was unplaced in his lone turf start. Request’s third dam is Outstanding, who won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet en route to being named Champion Two-Year-Old Filly.

Owner: Paul J. Pompa, Jr.

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $400,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

STREET GENT (bay colt, Street Sense—Gen Corp Purposes, by Beau Genius) is a half-brother to Beau Dare, who on the dirt won the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies (route) and Correction Handicap (sprint) and on the turf won the Candy Éclair and Klassy Briefcase (both sprints). Street Gent also is a half-brother to Turfiste, who over a synthetic track has won the Hansel and finished third in the Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Turf and on the grass has won the Black Gold and finished third in the Grade 3 American Turf. Gen Corp Purposes is a winning full-sister to Gentlemen Beau, who took the Grade 3 Belmont Breeders’ Cup Handicap on the turf.

Owner: Treadway Racing Stable

Trainer: Leah Gyarmati

Jockey: Alex Solis

Sales history: $80,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, September 19, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, September 19, 2013

Special New York-bred edition for the $539,765 Pick 6 carryover

Race 8, New York-bred 2-year-old Fillies, One Mile, Turf, 4:47 p.m.

CHARMING EYES (bay filly, Midas Eyes—Charming Mandate, by Full Mandate) is the first foal out of her dam, who won seven of 22 starts. She was unplaced in her lone start on the turf. A half-sister to Charming Mandate, Amazing Anna, won three of 30 starts and was unplaced in three turf tries.

Owner: Joseph Aquilino & Landmark Stable

Trainer: Joseph Aquilino

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

 

BURNDOWNTHETOWN (dark bay or brown filly, City Zip—Riotous Miss, by Brief Ruckus) is a full-sister to Gitchee Goomie, who won the Grade 3 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap and four other turf stakes, and was third in the Grade 1 Garden City. Their dam, who on the grass won 13 races and was second in a restricted stakes at Calder, has produced three winners (all turf winners) from five total starters.

Owner: Barry R. Ostranger

Trainer: Linda Rice

Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez

 

TAKEOFF YOUR HAT (gray/roan filly, Cosmonaut—Serene Ditty, by Unbridled’s Song) is out of a mare who won a single race on the dirt. Serene Ditty is a half-sister to English Group 2 winner Mutaahab; Covering Ground, who captured a restricted stakes on the turf at Colonial Downs; and Courtly Jazz, who took the Ralph M. Hinds on the dirt at Fairplex and placed in a pair of turf stakes. Serene Ditty has produced two winners (both on turf) from five starters.

Owner: Thomas Moran

Trainer: Philip Serpe

Jockey: Luis Saez

 

Forbes Firsters for Sunday, September 15, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, September 15, 2013

Race 1, 2-year-old Fillies, Six Furlongs, Dirt, 1:05 p.m.

LEXI MORGAN (dark bay or brown filly, Arch—Strike the Sky, by Smart Strike) is full-sister to Lauren Byrd, who was second in the Jessamine on the turf as a 2-year-old, and a full-sister to Hudson Steele, who has won six turf stakes, including the Grade 2 Dixie. All five foals out of Strike the Sky to race have won, three on the dirt.

Owner: R R Partners

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

PENWITH (bay filly, Bernardini—Composure, by Touch Gold) is out of a mare who won the Grade 2 Oak Leaf and was second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet as a 2-year-old before going on to win the Grade 1 Las Virgenes and Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks at 3. Composure, a full-sister to Grade 3 West Virginia Derby winner Ready Set, has produced Grade 1 stakes-placed runners Tranquil Manner (third in the Woodward) and Centring (third in the Ogden Phipps Handicap and Personal Ensign Invitational Handicap). Tranquil Manner and Centring are by A.P. Indy, the sire of Bernardini. Four of Composure’s seven starters have won.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

EUPHROSYNE (bay filly, Harlan’s Holiday—Three Graces, by Doneraile Court) is the first foal out of her dam, who won a minor turf stakes at one mile on the turf at Canterbury Park. Three Graces is a half-sister to seven-time stakes winning sprinter Private Horde, whose biggest victory came in the Grade 2 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap.

Owner: Eddie Kenneally & Tom Berry

Trainer: Eddie Kenneally

Jockey: Joe Bravo

 

PRINCESS TUMI (bay filly, Flatter—Are You Kidding, by Demaloot Demashoot) is a half-sister to Whatsitgonnatake, who won a stakes at Prairie Meadows as a 2-year-old (dirt) and a restricted stakes at Indiana Downs as a 3-year-old (turf), and Hurry Home Warren, who captured the Harry Henson Stakes, a turf sprint, at Hollywood Park as a sophomore. All six foals out of Are You Kidding to race have won.

Owner: Santa Rosa Racing Stables

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Sales history: $50,000 Keeneland January yearling; $80,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, September 13, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, September 13, 2013

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 1:36 p.m.

HIGH HEEL KITTEN (bay filly, Kitten’s Joy—High Chant, by War Chant) is a full-sister to Csaba, who has won the Grade 3 Fred W. Hooper Handicap and Grade 3 Hal’s Hope on the dirt. Csaba is winless in three turf starts. All three foals out of High Chant to race have won, with one having prevailed on the turf. High Chant won three races herself, two on the dirt and one on the turf.

Owner: Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

MARIE ANTOINETTE (dark bay or brown filly, Stormy Atlantic—Parisian Affair, by Mr. Greeley) is out of a mare who won a minor stakes at the Meadowlands on the grass. Parisian Affair is a half-sister to Elusive City, who captured France’s Group 1 Prix Morny for 2-year-olds, and has produced Crimson China, who took a minor turf stakes at Monmouth Park.

Owner: Michael Ryan

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $160,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

TIZ A DYNAFORMER (gray/roan filly, Dynaformer—Lauren’s Tizzy, by Tiznow) is out of a mare who won a stakes at Saratoga for New York-breds. Lauren’s Tizzy, winless in two turf starts, has produced one other horse of racing age, Celebrated Talent, who broke his maiden in a sprint on the dirt in August at Saratoga. Tiz a Dynaformer’s second dam, won a minor stakes going two turns on the turf and a minor stakes in a sprint on the dirt. Both stakes wins came at Calder.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Sales history: $230,000 Keeneland September yearling