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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 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Jon Forbes

RACE 1, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, ONE MILE, DIRT, 12:50 P.M.

 

WATRUGONNADOROSIE (dark bay/brown filly, Curlin—Tears I Cry, by Chester House) is the first foal out of her dam, who won a minor stakes and was Grade 3 placed on turf at Lone Star Park. Tears I Cry, a full-sister to stakes-placed Anna Dana, is a granddaughter of Helen Street, who won the Group 1 Irish Oaks before going on to produce Group 1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry and stakes-placed Helsinki, the dam of European Champion Two-Year-Old Colt and Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) victor Shamardal. Watrugonnadorosie was the most expensive of 41 yearlings by her sire to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: St Elias Stable
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $700,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

POW WOW WOW (bay filly, Indian Charlie—Elusive Bird, by Elusive Quality) is the first foal out her dam, an unraced daughter of Bird Town, who was named Champion Three-Year-Old Filly after winning the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and Grade 1 Acorn. Bird Town is a half-sister to Grade 1 Belmont Stakes and Grade 1 Champagne winner Birdstone.

Owner: Marylou Whitney Stables LLC
Trainer: Nicholas Zito
Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

SQUEAL (bay filly, Tiznow—Yell, by A.P. Indy) is out of a mare who won the Grade 2 Davona Dale and Grade 3 Raven Run and placed in the Grade 1 Mother Goose and Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. Yell is a half-sister to Grade 1 Futurity victor Eastern Echo, Grade 2 Jim Beam hero Roar, and Grade 3 Toboggan Handicap winner Blare of Trumpets. All four of Yell’s previous foals have won.

Owner: Adele Dilschneider & Claiborne Farm
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

RACE 7, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, SEVEN FURLONGS, 4:02 P.M.

 

OL DONYO (chestnut filly, Curlin—Royal Tigress, by Storm Cat) is out of a mare who won a listed stakes in Ireland. Royal Tigress is a full-sister to Group 3-placed Thunderous Mood and a half-sister to English Group 3 winner/French Group 1 placed Warm Heart and English listed stakes winner Miguel Cervantes. She has two other foals of racing age, with one, Royal Affection, having won three races on dirt. Ol Donyo is the second most expensive of 11 juveniles by her sire to sell at auction 2012.

Owner: Newtown Anner Stud
Trainer: John Terranova, II
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales history: $60,000 Keeneland November weanling; $195,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

 

FLY AGAIN (bay filly, Fusaichi Pegasus—Encore, by Storm Cat) is out of a winning full-sister to Great War Eagle, who in Ireland was a listed winner and was Group 3 placed. Encore and Great War Eagle are out of Cash Run, victorious in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. All three of Encore’s foals to race have won, none on turf.

Owner: Windmill Manor Farm
Trainer: Eddie Kenneally
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $50,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

ROCKET MAKER (bay filly, Empire Maker—Trip, by Lord At War) is out of a mare who won the Grade 3 Turfway Breeders’ Cup twice and Grade 3 Chicago Breeders’ Cup Handicap once. On turf, Trip won a single race, an allowance event, and was Grade 3 placed. Trip is out of stakes winner Tour and is a half-sister to stakes winners Laity and Joke, with the latter being the dam of three-time Grade 1-winning sprinter Zensational. All three of Trip’s foals to race have won, including Passport, who like Laity won the Cradle at River Downs as a 2-year-old. Two have won on turf. Rocket Maker is the most expensive of seven juveniles by her sire to sell at auction this year.

Owner: Frank Fletcher Racing Operations Inc
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Sales history: $485,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR SUNDAY, JULY 15

Jon Forbes

RACE 3, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, SEVEN FURLONGS, TURF, 1:54 P.M.

 

DENN PIPER (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Student Council—Lucky Pipit, by Key of Luck) looks to become the fourth winner from as many foals to race out of his dam, who as a 2-year-old in England won a listed stakes winner and was Group 2 placed. All three of her previous foals to race have won exclusively on dirt or on an all-weather surface.

Owner: DENN Racing Stable & Johnny Lall
Trainer: Enrique Arroyo
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales history: $22,000 OBS April juvenile (one furlong in 10 4/5 seconds, video)

 

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

 

ELMUTAHID (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Street Cry—Alwajeeha, by Dixieland Band) is the first foal out of the 2008 Grade Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup heroine. Both of Alwajeeha’s half-siblings are winners. Rajjaas, a half-brother, won his lone start, a Saratoga maiden special weight for 2-year-olds on dirt. Tanaami, a half-sister, also won her debut, taking a Newmarket maiden event as a 3-year-old.

Owner: Shadwell Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Eddie Castro

 

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