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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 FRIDAY, JUNE 1

Jon Forbes

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

 

PARNELLI (2yo bay colt, Bernardini—Ensenada, by Seeking the Gold) is out of a stakes-placed half-sister to Grade 2 Beaumont winner Sahara Gold, the dam of Saturday’s Grade 2 Sands Point winner Better Lucky. Casino Host, a half-brother to Parnelli, was third in last year’s Grade 2 Virginia Derby, which like the Sands Point was contested on turf. Ensenada and Sahara Gold are daughters of Desert Stormer, who posted a 14-1 upset as part of a field entry in the 1995 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Ramon Dominguez

Sales history: $300,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 24

Jon Forbes

RACE 6, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, SIX FURLONGS, TURF, 3:30 P.M.

 

LEADER AVENUE (2yo gray/roan colt, Street Cry—Dyna Da Wyna, by Doc’s Leader) is out of a turf runner who won four stakes, including the Grade 3 Valley View. A half-brother to Dyna Da Wyna, Leroy’s Dynameaux, took the Grade 3 Will Rogers on turf. Dyna Da Dyna has four other foals of racing age, and all three to race have won. One, a dirt runner Sumo, has earned black type, having captured the Pleasant Colony at Saratoga Race Course and finished third in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis.

Sales history: $250,000 Keeneland September yearling
Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 9

Jon Forbes

RACE 3, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, FIVE FURLONGS, DIRT, 1:54 P.M.

 

SWEET SHIRLEY MAE (2yo dark bay or brown filly, Broken Vow—Joyful Chaos, by Rahy) is out a mare who on turf won a restricted stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack and was second in a minor stakes at Belmont Park. Joyful Chaos has produced two other foals of racing age, including one winner, Chaotic Cat, who in March won a maiden special weight and an allowance on dirt at Mountaineer. Joyful Chaos is a half-sister to turf horse Sal the Barber, whose three stakes wins include a score in the Grade 3 Calder Derby.

 

Sales history: $60,000 Keeneland September yearling

Owner: Ice Win Stable

Trainer: Wesley Ward

Jockey: Julio Garcia

 

HERTHUM (2yo chestnut colt, Strong Contender—Cat Alert, by Tabasco Cat) is out of a turf mare who was second in the Grade 3 Matchmaker at Monmouth Park. She has produced two winners from as many foals of racing age. Cat Alert is out of Grade 3 Fleur de Lis Handicap winner and Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks runner-up Gold N Delicious, making her a half-sister to Fair Grounds stakes winner Precious Kiss.

 

Sales history: $11,000 Keeneland November weanling; $65,000 Keeneland September yearling

Owner: Marshall E. Dowell

Trainer: Robert Bailes

Jockey: Richard Monterrey

 

BERN IDENTITY (2yo bay colt, Bernstein—Maddalena, by Good and Tough) will attempt to become the second winner from four foals to race out his dam, who took the Grade 3 Old Hat and was second in the Grade 1 Prioress. Maddalena has a black-type earner to her credit as Agresivo, a half-brother to Bern Identity, was second in a stakes on turf in Turkey in his lone known start to date.

 

Sales history: $43,000 Keeneland January yearling; $75,000 Keeneland September yearling

Owner: George & Lori Hall

Trainer: Elvis Trujillo

Jockey: Kelly Breen

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 2

Jon Forbes

RACE 2, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, FIVE FURLONGS, DIRT, 1:22 P.M.

 

MR HALL’S OPUS (2yo bay filly, Officer—Sala de Oro, by Expelled) is the third foal to race of her dam, who has produced one winner to date, Truth and Justice, victorious in the Sorority at Monmouth Park, Presque Isle Debutante, and My Trust Cat at Delta Downs as a 2-year-old. Truth and Justice debuted a 3 ½ length winner at Monmouth in May of her freshman season. Sala de Oro also found black type success as a juvenile, taking Emerald Downs’ Barbara Shinpoch, and is a half-sister to multiple stakes winners No Turbulence and Hall of Gold, with the former having finished third in the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel.

Owner: George & Lori Hall
Trainer: Kelly Breen
Jockey: Elvis Trujillo
 

ANDELE (2yo bay filly, Bernardini—Getaway Girl, by Silver Deputy) is a granddaughter of stakes winner Baby Zip, who was named Broodmare of the Year for 2005 after producing 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper and 2000 Grade 1 Hopeful hero City Zip. Getaway Girl, who won three races at Great Lakes Downs as a 3-year-old, has one winner from four fouls, Grade 3 British Columbia Derby winner Northern Causeway.

Sales history: $500,000 Keeneland September yearling
Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez