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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 21, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, September 21, 2014

Race 7, 2-year-old fillies, 6 ½ furlongs, dirt, 4:13 p.m.

JACARANDA (chestnut filly, Congrats—Baffled, by Distorted Humor) is a half-sister to this year’s Grade 1 Florida Derby winner Constitution, Baffled’s only starter to date. Baffled was third in a listed stakes in England as a juvenile and is a half-sister to Grade 1 Forego winner Emcee and Spring Party, who took a minor stakes at Turfway Park. Jacaranda’s second dam, Surf Club, is an unraced half-sister to Grade 1 Spinaway winner and Grade 1 Alabama runner-up Awesome Humor.

Owner: Barry K. Schwartz

Trainer: Michael Hushion

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for Forbes’ Firsters, a first-time starter running in a non-statebred race must meet at least one of the following criteria:

* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare

* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner

* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare

* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner

* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000

* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000

* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner

* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner

* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, September 20, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, September 20, 2014

Race 9, All 2-year-olds, 6 ½ furlongs, dirt, 5:17 p.m.

STREET JERSEY (chestnut colt, Street Cry—Jersey Girl, by Belong to Me) is a half-brother to Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap and Grade 2 Kelso Handicap winner Jersey Town. Their dam posted Grade 1 wins in the Acorn, Mother Goose, and Test. Excluding Street Jersey, Jersey Girl has produced eight foals of racing age; four have started and three have won.

Owner: Charles E. Fipke

Trainer: Barclay Tagg

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

 

SIGNATURE LOOK (dark bay or brown colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Ensenada, by Seeking the Gold) is a half-brother to Casino Host, winner of the Grade 2 Mervin H. Muniz, Jr. Handicap and Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap and third in the Grade 1 Eddie Read on the turf. Ensenada, who was second in a minor stakes at the Meadowlands, has produced four winners from as many starters. Ensenada is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Sahara Gold, the dam of Better Lucky, who has won a pair of Grade 1 races on the grass. Signature Look’s second dam is Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Desert Stormer.  

Owner: Richard Santulli

Trainer: Alan Goldberg

Jockey: John Velazquez

 

SKILL NOT LUCK (chestnut colt, Lookin At Lucky—Chief Secretary, by Deputy Minister) is a half-brother to Left a Message, a long-distance turf runner who has won the Flamin Page at Woodbine and finished third in the Grade 3 Long Island Handicap. Their dam won her only start, which came on the turf, and is a half-sister to Exchange Rate, who won the Grade 2 Tom Fool Handicap on the dirt and was third in the Grade 2 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on the grass; and Sabre d’Argent, a Group 3 winner in England. Chief Secretary has produced three winners (one on the dirt) from as many starters. Skill Not Luck is the most expensive of 18 juveniles by his sire to sell at auction this year.

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Joe Bravo

Sales history: $40,000 Keeneland September yearling; $320,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

TAKE COVER (dark bay or brown colt, War Front—Juliet’s Way, by Farma Way) is a half-brother three stakes winners: Gleaming Elegance, who took a minor stakes at Sunland Park; Juliet’s Spirit, who garnered a pair of listed stakes on Woodbine’s synthetic surface as a juvenile, and at 3 won a listed stakes at Charles Town and was third in the Grade 3 Victory Ride on the dirt; and Vuitton, who has won stakes at Oaklawn Park and Churchill Downs. Juliet’s Spirit and Vuitton are both by Exchange Rate, a son of Danzig, the sire of War Front. Take Cover’s unraced dam, a half-sister to Grade 2 Razorback Handicap winner Juliannus and multiple stakes winner/Grade 3 placed Julie the Flapper, has produced five winners from six starters.

Owner: Padua Stables & Richard Santulli

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

 

FIRST DOWN (bay colt, Street Sense—Storm Lily, by Storm Cat) is a grandson of Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas, Group 1 Coronation, Group 1 Nassau, and Group 2 Henkel-Rennen (German 1000 Guineas) heroine Crimplene. First Down’s first dam has produced two winners from as many starters, including Gold City, who was stakes placed in England as a juvenile. Storm Lily is a half-sister to Crimson Sun, who was Group 3 placed in England.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Christopher DeCarlo

 

Race 10, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 5:49 p.m.

SKY TOWER (bay colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Maiden Tower, by Groom Dancer) is a half-brother to a pair of horses who earned black-type in France: Penglai Pavilion, who has won a listed stakes and is Group 2 placed; and Picture Hat, who was second in a listed stakes. Picture Hat is by El Prado, the sire of Medaglia d’Oro. Their dam began her career in France, where she won the Group 2 Prix de Sandringham and was second in the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas). In the United States, she was second in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. Maiden Tower has produced four turf winners from six starters.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Manuel Franco

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for Forbes’ Firsters, a first-time starter running in a non-statebred race must meet at least one of the following criteria:

* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare

* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner

* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare

* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner

* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000

* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000

* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner

* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner

* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, September 13, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, September 13, 2014

Race 5, All 2-year-olds, seven furlongs, turf, 3:09 p.m.

RED GUARD (bay colt, Bernardini—Rose of Summer, by El Prado) is a half-brother to Laragh, who won the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet over a synthetic surface and two listed stakes on the grass; and Summer Front, whose accomplishments include wins on the turf in the Grade 2 Fort Lauderdale and three other graded stakes and Grade 1 placings in the Shoemaker Mile, Eddie Read, Secretariat, and Jamaica Handicap. Roses of Summer has produced five starters, and four have won, all on the grass. Rose of Summer is an unraced half-sister to Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity victor Siphonic and listed stakes winner Mountain Girl.

Owner: Lane’s End Racing

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

NIGHT PROWLER (chestnut gelding, Giant’s Causeway—Mary’s Follies, by More Than Ready) is the first foal out of his dam, who won the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere and Grade 3 Boiling Springs on the turf.

Owner: Paul Pompa, Jr.

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

EBREEQ (bay colt, More Than Ready—Grande Annee, by Gone West) is the first foal out of his dam, who won three races in England. Grand Annee is a half-sister to Friesan Fire, who took the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby and three other graded stakes. Ebreeq’s second dam, Bollinger, won the Group 1 Coolmore Classic in Australia.

Owner: Shadwell Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $270,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

HIGH NOON RIDER (bay colt, Distorted Humor—Modesty Blaise, by A.P. Indy) is a half-brother to Poupee Flash, who won a listed stakes and was Group 3 placed in France. Their dam is a placed full-sister to Tomisue’s Indy, a listed stakes winner at Hawthorne; and a half-sister to Aldebaran, who won three Grade 1 races and was named Champion Sprinter; Good Journey, who garnered the Grade 1 Atto Mile on the grass; and Sea of Showers, victorious in the Grade 3 Jenny Wiley over the spinach. High Noon Rider’s second dam, Chimes of Freedom, was a highweight filly in Europe who won Group 1 races in England and Ireland.

Owner: R A Hill Stable

Trainer: George Weaver

Jockey: Manuel Franco

Sales history: $400,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Race 9, All 2-year-olds, six furlongs, dirt, 5:17 p.m.

BOW TIE BOSS (bay colt, Candy Ride—Sweet Thoughts, by A.P. Indy) is set to become the first starter out of his dam, who had a runner-up finish and a pair of thirds in five starts. Bow Tie Boss’ second dam is Sweet Catomine, who was named Champion Two-Year-Old Filly after winning the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante, and Grade 2 Oak Leaf. At 3, Sweet Catomine won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks and Grade 3 Santa Ysabel. Sweet Catomine is a full-sister to Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Life Is Sweet and listed stakes winner/multiple Grade 2-placed runner Calimonco.

Owner: Emily Wygod

Trainer: James Jerkens

Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

MIZUMI (dark bay or brown colt, Harlan’s Holiday—Glory and Grace, by Coronado’s Quest) is a half-brother to Bear’s Prospector, third in a listed stakes on Woodbine’s synthetic surface. Their dam is an unraced half-sister to Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks heroine On a Soapbox.

Owner: Regis Racing

Trainer: Steven Asmussen

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales history: $290,000 Keeneland November weanling

 

MANDOLIN WINS (bay colt, Bluegrass Cat—Quiet Kim, by Real Quiet) is a half-brother to Fiftyshadesofhay, who has won four graded stakes, including the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan and Grade 2 Ruffian Handicap. Fiftyshadesofhay also has placed in four Grade 1 events. Their dam, who has produced two winners from as many starters, was second in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks.

Owner: Alifyfe Racing

Trainer: David Donk

Jockey: Manuel Franco

Sales history: $60,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

 

DAREDEVIL (chestnut colt, More Than Ready—Chasethewildwind, by Forty Niner) is a half-brother to Albertus Maximus, who won the Grade 1 Donn Handicap on the dirt and the Breeders’ Cup Dirt mile on a synthetic surface. All five foals of racing age out of their dam, a three-time winner, have won. Daredevil’s second dam, Race the Wild Win, annexed the Grade 1 Santa Maria Handicap and three other graded stakes before going on to produce King Charlemagne, named highweight 3-year-old colt in France after winning the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest; and Meshaheer, a Group 3 winner in England who was Group 1 placed in France.

Owner: Let’s Go Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $260,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

WILD DYNAFORMER (dark bay or brown colt, Dynaformer—Wild Vision, by Wild Again) is a half-brother to Pyro, whose accomplishments include a win in the Grade 1 Forego and three other graded stakes and a second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile; War Echo, who garnered the Grade 3 Silverbulletday; and Longview Drive, who has won three stakes at Northern California fairs and placed in a trio of graded stakes. Their dam won a single race, has produced six winners from seven starters, and is a half-sister to three-time graded stakes winner Wild Wonder.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

Sales history: $375,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for Forbes’ Firsters, a first-time starter running in a non-statebred race must meet at least one of the following criteria:

* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare

* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner

* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare

* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner

* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000

* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000

* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner

* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner

* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, September 12, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, September 12, 2014

Race 1, All 2-year-olds, one mile, dirt, 1:05 p.m.

TALE OF FANCY (bay colt, Tale of Ekati—Fancy Clancy, by Rahy) is out of a three-time winning half-sister to Joyeaux Danseur, who took the Grade 1 Early Times Turf Classic; and Doubles Partner, victorious in the Grade 3 Anne Arundel. Fancy Clancy, who won exclusively on the turf, has produced eight winners from nine starters, among them Fancy Fusaichi, winner of the listed Iowa Distaff Breeders’ Cup; Fancy Point, who won the P.G. Johnson and was third in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo on the turf as a juvenile; El Commodore, who placed in four graded stakes on the grass; Powerchord, second in a minor stakes at Calder Race Course; and Fancy Ribbons, third earlier this year in a restricted stakes at Woodbine.

Owner: Charles Fipke

Trainer: Barclay Tagg

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

Race 3, 2-year-old fillies, six furlongs, dirt, 2:07 p.m.

CARIOCA GIRL (dark bay or brown filly, Malibu Moon—Double Trouble, by Wild Event) is out of a mare who won the Grade 1 Santa Maria Handicap on a synthetic surface and a Group 2 race on the turf in Brazil. Double Trouble has produced two other foals, and both are unraced.

Owner: Patricia Bozano

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

PARIS BIKINI (bay filly, Bernardini—Lacadena, by Fasliyev) is out of a mare who was second in a listed stakes on Woodbine’s synthetic surface. She has produced two starters, with her lone winner, America, being Grade 1 placed after finishing a distant third in this year’s Mother Goose.

Owner: Bobby Flay

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

 

PURPOSE OF LIFE (bay filly, Malibu Moon—Chapena, by Fusaichi Pegasus) is out of an unraced half-sister to Chaposa Springs, winner of the Grade 1 Test and Grade 1 Ballerina; and Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap victor You and I. Chapena has produced two winners from four starters, including who is Camille, who captured a restricted stakes over the Ocala Training Center’s synthetic surface. Purpose of Life’s second dam, La Chaposa, was named Champion Sprinter in Peru, where she won a pair of Group 1 races.

Owner: Sagamore Farm

Trainer: H. Graham Motion

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Sales history: $220,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for Forbes’ Firsters, a first-time starter running in a non-statebred race must meet at least one of the following criteria:

* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare

* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner

* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare

* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner

* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000

* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000

* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner

* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner

* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction