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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 Thursday, July 11, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, July 11, 2013

Race 2, 2-year-old Fillies, 5 ½ furlongs, 1:36 p.m.

 

ARI THE ADVENTURER (bay filly, Pioneerof the Nile—Wild Catseye, by Forest Wildcat) looks to become the fifth winner from as many foals to race out of his dam, who won a sprint stakes for New Jersey-bred 2-year-old fillies. Wild Catseye’s best foal to date has been Mysticism, a sprinter who has won a maiden special weight at Gulfstream Park and a pair of allowance races at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Owner: Stonestreet Stables

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $52,000 Keeneland September yearling, $350,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 9 4/5 seconds, video)

 

COSI CELESTE (dark bay or brown filly, Bernardini—Colonial Ally, by Pleasant Colony) is a half-sister to Grade 3 National Jockey Club Handicap victor Fight for Ally and Bourbonette winner and two-time Grade 3-placed Colonial Glitter. Their dam has produced a total of four winners from eight foals to race.

Owner: Christopher Berglar

Trainer: H. Allen Jerkens

Jockey: Alex Solis

Sales history: $325,000 Keeneland November weanling

 

SKY CREW (dark bay or brown filly, Sky Mesa—Carson City Babe, by Carson City) is the first foal out of his dam, who won a sprint stakes for Louisiana-breds. Carson City Babe is a half-sister to stakes winner Pressed and stakes placed Silver Indy and Court Mischief.

Owner: Black Swan Stable

Trainer: Richard Schosberg

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $140,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, June 21, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, June 21, 2013

Race 2, 2-year-old Fillies, 5 furlongs, 3:30 p.m.

PALESTRINA (dark bay or brown filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Maiden Tower, by Groom Dancer) is out of a mare who won a pair of group races in France and was second in the Group 1 Poule D’Essai Des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) and later was second in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. She has produced four winners (none on dirt) from five starters, including Picture Hat, who was second in a listed stakes in France. Picture Hat is by El Prado, the sire of Medaglia d’Oro.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, 5 furlongs, 4:00 p.m.

 

OLIVER ZIP (chestnut colt, City Zip—All of Her Twist, by Forest Wildcat) is the first foal out of his dam, a sprinter who won the Dearly Precious at Monmouth Park. Philharmonic, a half-brother to All of Her Twist, broke his maiden as a 2-year-old in his second start and won nine races, all in sprints.

Owner: George & Lori Hall

Trainer: Kelly Breen

Jockey: Elvis Trujillo

 

NONE LIKE NOLAN (bay colt, Malibu Moon—Green Lyons, by Green Desert) looks to become the first winner out of his dam, who has one other foal to race. Green Lyons won a listed stakes in France and was third in the Grade 2 Beverly Hills Handicap on the turf. Green Lyons is a full-sister to Tarrip, who placed in a pair of graded stakes on the grass.

Owner: Dogwood Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $87,000 KEENOV weanling; $135,000 KEESEP yearling

 

SOLEMNLY SWEAR (bay colt, Yes It’s True—Sala de Oro, by Expelled) looks to emulate his half-sister Mr Hall’s Opus, who won a maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies on debut at Belmont Park in May 2012. Their dam has produced two winners from three starters and seven foals, with the other winner being Truth and Justice, a full-sister to Solemnly Swear who raced exclusively as a juvenile, taking her debut race and three listed sprint stakes, topped by the My Trusty Cat at Delta Downs. Sala de Oro herself was a listed stakes winner as a 2-year-old and is a half-sister to stakes winners Hall of Gold and No Turbulence.

Owner: George & Lori Hall

Trainer: Kelly Breen

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28

Jon Forbes

RACE 4, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, SIX FURLONGS, 2:26 P.M.

 

CIRCLE CITY (dark bay/brown colt, A.P. Indy—Miss Halory, by Mr. Prospector) looks to
become the fifth winner from as many foals to race out of his dam, a winning half-sister to Grade
2 Blue Grass winner Halory Hunter, Irish Group 2 winner Van Nistelrooy, and Grade 3 winners
Brushed Halory and Key Lory. Miss Halory’s best foal to date is Stormalory, who took the
Grade 3 Transylvania on the turf.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez

 

SECRET BID (bay colt, Street Cry—Inside Information, by Private Account) is out of the
Champion Older Mare who posted Grade 1 wins in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, Spinster, Ashland,
Ruffian Handicap, Acorn, and Shuvee Handicap. Two of four foals out of Inside Information to
race have won, including Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Smuggler, victorious in the Grade 1
Coaching Club American Oaks and Grade 1 Mother Goose. Illicit, an unraced daughter of Inside
Information, produced dual graded stakes winner Gone Astray. Inside Information is a half-sister
to Educated Risk, who earned Grade 1 scores in the Frizette and Top Flight Handicap.

Owner: Phipps Stable
Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III
Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

LITTLE DISTORTED (Distorted Humor—Asbeautifulasyou, by A.P. Indy) is the first foal
out of his dam, whose lone win in four starts came in a maiden special weight at Laurel Park.
Asbeautifulasyou is a daughter of Santa Catarina, who earned Grade 1 placings in the Del Mar
Debutante, Frizette, and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile as a 2-year-old before going on to win the Grade
2 Hollywood Oaks and finish second in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks at 3.

Owner: Kuehne Racing
Trainer: Michael Mareina
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
Sales history: $180,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

BOLD DANCE (gray/roan colt, Pulpit—Quiet Dance, by Quiet American) is a half-brother to
Horse of the Year and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Saint Liam, a four-time Grade 1 winner.
Other half-siblings to Bold Dance include Grade 2 Molly Pitcher victress Quiet Giant and Grade
3 Bay Meadows Derby winner Congressionalhonor. Quiet Dance herself was a black-type
earner, finishing second in the Grade 2 Demoiselle for juvenile fillies and winning a restricted
stakes at Pimlico as a 4-year-old.

Owner: Besilu Stables
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14

Jon Forbes

RACE 7, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, SEVEN FURLONGS, TURF, 4:02 P.M.

 

KID LIGHTNING (chestnut colt, Lemon Drop Kid—Heat Lightning, by Summer Squall) is a half-brother to Stevie Wonderboy, named Champion Two-Year-Old Male after winning the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Del Mar Futurity, and Theyskens’ Theory, who was a Group 3 winner and Group 1 placed in England before finishing second in the Grade 1 Garden City at Belmont Park. Nine of 10 foals out of Heat Lightning to race have won, six on turf. Kid Lightning’s second dam, Mystical Mood, won the Grade 3 Schuylerville and was second in the Grade 1 Frizette as a 2-year-old. She later produced Fair Judgment, who won group stakes in England and Ireland.

Owner: Cam Allard
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Alan Garcia
Sales history: $300,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

LOOKLISTENANDLEARN (bay colt, Elusive Quality—Brocatelle, by Green Desert) is a half-brother to Fusaichi Hokutosei, who placed in stakes in Japan, and Ahlaain, who placed in stakes in England and the United Arab Emirates. Their dam, Brocatelle, was placed in France and is out of Group 1 Prix de la Foret winner Brocade. As a broodmare, Brocade produced European Horse of the Year Barathea, who landed scores in the Group 1 Irish 2000 Guineas and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile; English highweight 3-year-old filly Gossamer, victorious in the Group 1 Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile and Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas; Zabar, who won four Group 3 races in France and Germany; and Free at Last, a listed stakes winner in England who later won a Grade 3 and placed in a pair of Grade 1s on the turf.

Owner: Castleton Lyons
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $35,000 Keeneland September yearling; $180,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old

 

NAVY GUARD (chestnut colt, Unbridled’s Song—Fleet Lady, by Avenue of Flags) is a full-brother to Midshipman, awarded Champion Two-Year-Old Male honors after winning the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on synthetic surfaces, and a half to Grade 2 Cotillion heroine Fast Cookie, who won stakes on dirt and turf. Their dam was effective sprinting and routing, winning stakes at distances ranging from six furlongs to 1 1/8 miles. Her biggest wins came in routes, the Grade 2 La Cañada (1 1/8 miles) and the Grade 2 El Encino (1 1/16 miles). She was winless in three starts on grass.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

EFFICIENT MARKET (gray/roan colt, Tapit—Salty Response, by Cozzene) is the first foal out of his dam, who won a listed stakes going long on dirt at Monmouth Park and also had victories on turf and synthetic. Salty Response is a half-sister to Salty Strike, who won the Grade 3 Dogwood on dirt.

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence
Trainer: Dale Romans
Jockey: Wilmer Garcia
Sales history: $130,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old