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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 12

Jon Forbes

RACE 5, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, SIX FURLONGS, TURF, 2:58 P.M.

 

HIGH N FAR (2yo chestnut filly, Giant’s Causeway—Take the Ribbon, by Chester House) is out of a turf runner who won a minor stakes at Churchill Downs and was second in Belmont’s Grade 1 Garden City as a 3-year-old before going on to win the Grade 3 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile at 4. Take the Ribbon is a half-sister to Bright Magic, who won a pair of stakes for Cal-breds on dirt and was stakes placed against open company on turf, and Hot War, who won a single sprint stakes on dirt vs. Cal-breds. Take the Ribbon has one other foal of racing age, Spun Ribbon, a 3-year-old whose lone win in five starts to date came in a Fair Grounds dirt sprint maiden special weight in February. High N Far was the most expensive of seven weanlings by her sire to sell at auction in 2010.

Owner: Richard Santulli
Trainer: Alan Goldberg
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $280,000 Keeneland November weanling
 

FUNFAIR (2yo dark bay/brown filly, More Than Ready—Fleuron, by Distant View) looks to become the third foal from as many foals of racing age out of her dam to win on turf. Mosquito, a 4-year-old half-brother to Funfair, won a $35,000 NW3L claiming race on June 3 at Belmont, while Arc Above, a 3-year-old half-sister graduated going 1 ¼ miles over Belmont’s inner turf on May 27. Fleuron’s lone win in three starts also came on grass. Her best sibling, half-brother Dynever, raced exclusively on dirt, winning a pair of Grade 3 races and finishing second in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup.

Owner: Catherine Wills
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
 

GIANT CATS EYE (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Giant’s Causeway—Unreal Cat, by Unreal Zeal) is a half-sister to Cat Tour, who won a minor stakes at Calder in September of her 2-year-old season. Their dam, who won two races on dirt and one race on turf in 24 career starts, is a half-sister to four runners with black type. Topping the list is Tour of the Cat, who won 21 of 78 starts, 10 total stakes, and three graded events, including the Grade 2 Richter Scale Handicap. His lone win in 15 turf starts came in a minor stakes at Calder. Cat On Tour, another half-brother to Unreal Cat, won the Grade 3 What a Pleasure as a juvenile. Unreal Cat has a pair of half-siblings who were stakes-placed on turf: Honorable Cat, third in the Grade 3 Eatontown Handicap, and Tombi, second in a listed event in England.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Trainer: Thomas Albertrani
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $125,000 Keeneland November weanling; $300,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR FRIDAY, JULY 6

Jon Forbes

RACE 6, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, SIX FURLONGS, TURF, 5:32 P.M.

 

QEYAAS (2yo bay colt, Haafhd—Shawahid, by A.P. Indy) is the third foal and second to race out of his dam, an unraced half-sister to Ghanaati, who won the Group 1 English 1000 Guineas and Group 1 Coronation. Rumoush, another-half-sister to Shawahid, won a listed stakes and was third in the Group 1 Epsom Oaks, while Mawatheeq, a half-brother, took a Group 3 and was second in the Group 1 Champion Stakes.

Owner: Shadwell Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Alan Garcia
 

COPPER BEECHES (2yo chestnut colt, Big Brown—York Woods, by Mining) is a half-brother to turf horse Middlesex Drive, who earned Grade 2 victories in the Dixie, Bernard Baruch Handicap, and Kelso Handicap, and was third in the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap. Nine of York Woods’ 11 foals to race are winners, including three on turf.

Owner: Merrylegs Farm
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling
 

LEMON DROP DREAM (2yo bay colt, Lemon Drop Kid—Dreamlike, by Storm Cat) is a half-sister to Denomination, who won a Group 3 in France and since her arrival in the United States has posted Grade 3 scores on turf in the Hillsborough, Violet, and Athenia. Woke Up Dreamin, a half-brother to Lemon Drop Dream, won the Grade 2 True North Handicap and Grade 3 Smile Sprint Handicap on dirt. They’re out of an unraced daughter of Hall of Fame inductee Flawlessly, who captured the Grade 3 Tempted on dirt as a juvenile before going on to win nine Grade 1 races on turf between the ages of 3 and 6.

Owner: Mike McCarty
Trainer: Steven Asmussen
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
 

SPECIAL SKILLS (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Bernstein—Kentucky Whisper, by Southern Halo) is a half-sister to turf runner Love to Tell, who won four stakes in Louisiana and Texas and was third in the Grade 3 Ouija Board Distaff Handicap. Economic Swoon, a half-brother, has won five races to date, all on dirt, and was third in a Belmont overnight stakes for juveniles in his second start.

Owner: Richard Santulli
Trainer: Alan Goldberg
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $140,000 Keeneland September yearling; $200,000 OBS March 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 2/5 seconds, video)
 

SARJINSKY (2yo chestnut colt, Raven’s Pass—Dinka Raja, by Woodman) is a half-brother to Carry On Katie, who in her brief career won three of four starts, including England’s Group 1 Cheveley Park for 2-year-old fillies. Dinka Raja has produced four winners from seven foals to race, including three turf winners. Sarjinksy will attempt to become the first North American winner for his freshman sire.

Owner: Rudolf Stephen
Trainer: Tom Foley
Jockey: David Cohen
Sales history: $90,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR THURSDAY, JULY 5

Jon Forbes

RACE 6, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, FIVE FURLONGS, DIRT, 3:30 P.M.

 

ZACCHEUS (2yo bay colt, Hard Spun—Regally Appealing, by Valid Appeal) hails from a family of juvenile stakes winner, with his dam having won the Grade 2 Adirondack and listed Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies. Regal Miss Copelan, a half-sister to Regally Appealing, won the Colleen for 2-year-old fillies before going on to produce Grade 2 Remsen and Grade 3 Nashua victor Rockport Harbor. Regally Appealing has produced four winners from seven other foals of racing age, including Street Brawl, an unbeaten colt who has won a pair of starts at Aqueduct and Belmont impressively so far in his brief career.

Owner: Ben P. Walden, Jr & Carolyn M. Chapman
Trainer: James Jerkens
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales history: $40,000 Keeneland September yearling
 

HORSEPOWER (2yo bay colt, Bernardini—Moroccan Rose, by Carson City) is out of a stakes-placed daughter of Rose of Wendover, who won four stakes in Ohio, including the listed Bassinet for 2-year-old fillies. Kenathena, a half-sister to Moroccan Rose, was also a stakes winner in Ohio. Moroccan Rose has one other foal of racing age, an unraced 3-year-old.

Owner: Fox Hill Farms
Trainer: Steven Asmussen
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $150,000 Keeneland November weanling; $420,000 Keeneland September yearling
 

SAAYAD (2yo bay colt, Street Sense—Time for Crown, by Time for a Change) is a half-brother to Banga Ridge, who won a restricted stakes at the Ocala Training Center, and Coronet of a Baron, second in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity and third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Carson Jen, a stakes-placed half-sister to their dam, has produced A Z Warrior, heroine of the Grade 1 Frizette; J Z Warrior, who captured five stakes and was Grade 3-placed; and E Z Warrior, victorious in the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile and third in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop. Sayaad was the most expensive of nine weanlings by Street Sense to sell at auction in 2010.

Owner: Shadwell Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Eddie Castro
Sales history: $450,000 Keeneland November weanling
 

PALACE MALICE (2yo bay colt, Curlin—Palace Rumor, by Royal Anthem) is out of a mare who won the Audubon Oaks, a minor stakes at Ellis Park. Palace Rumor has two other foals of racing age, both winners. The first, Puritanka, is a winner in Russia, while the second, Lady June Bug, has taken three claiming races at Laurel Park. Palace Rumor is a half-sister to Prairie Meadows stakes winners Maya’s Storm and Jumpifyoudare.

Owner: Dogwood Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $25,000 Keeneland September yearling; $200,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)
 

BOSS MAN ROCKET (2yo dark bay/brown colt, War Front—Henna, by Horse Chestnut) is the first foal of his dam, an unraced half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Pomeroy. As a juvenile, Pomeroy was second in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special and returned to Saratoga the following year to win the Grade 1 King’s Bishop. At 4, he won Saratoga’s Grade 2 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, then came back to the Spa at 5 to take the Grade 1 Forego. Boss Man Rocket is the most expensive 2-year-old by his sire to sell at public auction from three crops.

Owner: Frank Fletcher
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Sales history: $800,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 seconds, video)
 

CARRIED INTEREST (2yo chestnut colt, Henny Hughes—Missamerican Bertie, by Quiet American) is the second foal out of his dam, a placed full-sister to Allamerican Bertie, who won the Grade 2 Falls City Handicap and Grade 2 Rampart Handicap, captured a pair of Grade 3 events, and was second in the Grade 1 Alabama. Hurricane Bertie, a half-sister to Missamericanbertie, won the Grade 2 Prioress and two other graded stakes and was third in the Grade 1 Ballerina. Invocation, Carried Interest’s lone sibling of racing age, was second by two lengths in a maiden special weight on Saturday at Belmont.

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence
Trainer: Richard Violette, Jr.
Jockey: Alan Garcia
Sales history: $50,000 Keeneland September yearling; $190,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 seconds, video)
 

TRANSLATION (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Street Sense—Beduin Eyes, by Seattle Slew) is out of an unraced half-sister to three stakes winners, including Classic Alliance, who as a juvenile won the Grade 3 Natalma and restricted Cup and Saucer on turf. Two other siblings to Beduin Eyes, Classic Alliance and Prime Ruler, were stakes placed at 2 before going on to win black-type events later in their careers. Swiftly Classic, another half-sibling to Beduin Eyes, produced Sky Mom, who was third in the Grade 3 Pocahontas for juvenile fillies and later won the Grade 3 Arlington Oaks.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik
Sales history: $160,000 Keeneland September yearling
 

COOLUSIVE (2yo bay colt, Elusive Quality—Ice Cool Kitty, by Tomorrow’s Cat) is the first foal out of his dam, who won five New York-bred stakes between the ages of 3 and 5, including the Iroquois Handicap. Icy City, a half-sister to Ice Cool Kitty, was stakes placed at Finger Lakes as a 2-year-old.

Owner: Lansdon B. Robbins, III
Trainer: Richard Dutrow, Jr.
Jockey: Joel Rosario
 

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HONORABLE DILLON (2yo gray/roan colt, Tapit—Shy Greeting, by Shy Tom) is a half-sister to Forty Greeta, who was named Champion Two-Year-Old Filly in Argentina after winning three group races, including the Group 1 Premio Estrellas Juvenile Fillies-Blaquier. Forty Greeta later produced Fort Hughes, who won the Jimmy Winkfield during his abbreviated career.

Owner: Joseph Bucci
Trainer: Eddie Kenneally
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Sales history: $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 4/5 seconds, video)

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 29

Jon Forbes

RACE 5, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, SIX FURLONGS, TURF, 5:00 P.M.

 

THREE HEARTS (2yo bay filly, Hat Trick—Secret Heart, by Fort Wood) is a half-sister to Pluck, who won the 2010 Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Their dam, Secret Heart, won a stakes and placed in three Group 1 events in South Africa. Secret Heart is a half-sister to South African Group 1 winners Promisefrommyheart, who was named that country’s Co-Champion Three-Year-Old Filly, and Covenant.

Owner: Team Valor International
Trainer: H. Graham Motion
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
 

APPLE CIDER (2yo chestnut filly, More Than Ready—Who Did It and Run, by Polish Numbers) is out of a mare who on the Monmouth Park turf won the Grade 3 Reeve Schley, Jr. after defeating males in the Grade 2 Jersey Derby. Who Did It and Run has produced two black-type earners: Who’s Cozy, who was third in the Grade 3 Lake George on turf, and American Victory, who won a restricted stakes on dirt at Pimlico. Apple Cider brought the highest price of 40 yearlings by More Than Ready to sell at auction last year.

Owner: More Than Ready
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $360,000 Keeneland September yearling
 

RADIANT CUT (2yo dark bay or brown filly, Sharp Humor—Ruff, by Clever Trick) is a half-sister to Mr. Gruff, who so far in his career has twice won the Grade 3 San Simeon going down the hill at Santa Anita and was third in the 2010 Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile. Ruff was also a stakes winner on turf, having taken the Grade 3 Miss Grillo as a juvenile.

Owner: Robert Spiegel
Trainer: David Donk
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik
 

PRISCILLA MARIE (2yo bay filly, Bustin Stones—Hay Jude, by Wavering Monarch) is a half-sister to Little Mike, who has won three graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic in his most recent start. Little Mike is entered in Saturday’s Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile at Betfair Hollywood Park. Another half-brother, Little Nick, has won three stakes to date, including the Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint, and placed in the Grade 3 Miami Mile.

Owner: Priscilla Vaccarezza & J and J Stables
Trainer: Dale Romans
Jockey: Javier Castellano