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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 30

Jon Forbes

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

 

MARY BERNICE (bay filly, Bernardini—Coronation Cup, by Chief’s Crown) is out of a mare who the Grade 3 Nijani on the turf. Six half-siblings to Coronation Cup won stakes, including turf winners Hero’s Honor (Grade 1 Bowling Green Handicap), Wild Applause (Grade 2 Diana Handicap), and Glowing Honor (Grade 2 Diana Handicap). Another half-sibling, Sea Hero, took the Grade 1 Champagne, Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, and Grade 1 Travers. In addition to Mary Bernice, Coronation Cup has produced 10 foals of racing age, with three winners from four starters.

Owner: Ben P. Walden, Jr. & Larry Taylor
Trainer: Angel Penna, Jr.
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
Sales history: $30,000 Keeneland November weanling

 

MYPERFECTVALENTINE (chestnut filly, Curlin—Netherland, by Roy) is out of a mare who was named Argentina’s Champion Three-Year-Old Filly after winning the Group 1 Gran Premio Seleccion (Argentine Oaks) and finishing second in the Group 1 Gran Premio Nacional (Argentine Derby) and Polla de Portrancas (Argentine 1000 Guineas). She has produced two winners from three starters, including Full Snow Moon, who placed in a listed stakes in France as a 2-year-old.

Owner: Lady Sheila Stable
Trainer: Kenneth McPeek
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $125,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

RACE 3, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, SEVEN FURLONGS, DIRT, 1:54 P.M.

 

DISSENSION (dark bay or brown filly, With Distinction—Sweetbabe, by Formal Dinner) is a half-sister to Sweet Repent, who won six stakes, including the Grade 3 Stage Door Betty Handicap. All five foals to race out of Sweetbabe, who captured four races, are winners.

Owner: Paul J. Pompa, Jr.
Trainer: Patrick Reynolds
Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

BRILLIANT LAKE (bay filly, A.P. Indy—Sapphire n’ Silk, by Pleasant Tap) is a full-sister to Grade 2 Kentucky Cup Classic winner Shaniko and a half-sister to three-time turf stakes heroine Silky Smooth. Their dam won a pair of graded sprints, the Grade 2 Prioress and Grade 3 La Troienne, and is a half-sister to Grade 3 Affirmed Handicap victor Golden Itiz. A half-sister to Sapphire n’ Silk, Silk n’ Sapphire, produced Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Shared Account.

Owner: Flag Lake II Stable
Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $400,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Jon Forbes

RACE 1, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, SIX FURLONGS, TURF, 12:50 P.M.

 

PICEANCE (dark bay/brown colt, Speightstown—Inny River, by Seattle Slew) is a half-brother to Montgomery Arch, who won the Group 2 Richmond and was third in the Group 1 Dewhurst in England as a juvenile, and Welcome Inn, who took a restricted stakes on dirt for 2-year-old fillies at Laurel Park. Another half-sibling, Inny Minnie, has placed in the Grade 3 Delta Princess and Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra so far in her career. Seven of Inny River’s nine foals to race have won, three on turf. Inny River, who was winless in four starts, is a half-sister to Lotus Pool, a two-time Grade 3 winner on turf, Golden Larch, who twice finished third in the Grade 1 Woodward, and Grade 3-placed runners Honour a Bull and Golden Glen.

Owner: Susan S. Bunning
Trainer: Dale Romans
Jockey: Julien Leparoux

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

Jon Forbes

RACE 1, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, SIX FURLONGS, DIRT, 12:50 P.M.

 

DOWAGER (bay filly, A.P. Indy—Marietta, by Machiavellian) is out of a mare who won the Grade 3 Iowa Oaks and Grade 3 Arlington Oaks. Marietta, a half-sister to French stakes winner Thousand Island, is a daughter of Grade 2 Demoiselle heroine Minister Wife. Dowager has one sibling of racing age, Consortium, who debuted a winner last November at Aqueduct Racetrack. Consortium is by Bernardini, the sire of A.P. Indy.

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

 

WINNING SCOOP (dark bay/brown filly, Bernardini—Scoop, by Gone West) is a half-sister to Coolwind, who was third in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie and Grade 3 Pocahontas as a 2-year-old before going on to win a pair of minor stakes and add a placing in the Grade 3 Arlington Oaks later in her career. Their dam captured three stakes, including the Grade 3 Indiana Oaks. Scoop has produced three winners from four foals to race.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

THICKER THAN WATER (bay filly, Speightstown—Contessa Halo, by Southern Halo) is a half-sister to three horses to race, all sprint stakes winners. One, Kantharos, was undefeated in his brief career, which included wins in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special and Grade 3 Bashford Manor for 2-year-olds. Ikigai took the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector, while turf runner Bonifacio captured the Daisy Cutter Handicap and was third in the Grade 3 Senator Ken Maddy Handicap. Contessa Halo, who won three races, all in sprints, is a half-sister to sprinter Clever Idea, winner of two Michigan-bred stakes.

Owner: Dennis Narlinger
Trainer: Richard Dutrow, Jr.
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $250,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

RACE 5, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, 1 1/16 MILES, TURF, 2:52 P.M.

 

CORPORATE CULTURE (chestnut filly, English Channel—Treysta, by Belong to Me) is out of a winning half-sister to Grade 1 King’s Bishop winner and Kentucky Derby, Haskell Invitational, and Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up Hard Spun and restricted stakes winner Our Rite of Spring. Treysta won a single race, on turf, and has produced two winners from three foals to race and five total of racing age. Corporate Culture is the most expensive of five 2-year-olds by her sire to sell at auction this year.

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $83,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling; $180,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old

 

WINE BURGLAR (bay filly, Rock Hard Ten—Bluegrass Sara, by Tabasco Cat) is out of a sprinter who won a sales stakes and an overnight stakes on dirt at Lone Star Park as a juvenile. Bluegrass Sara, a half-sister to restricted stakes winner Richbabe, is the dam of one other foal to race, Dixie Babe, who won a six-furlong maiden special weight on dirt earlier this month at Monmouth Park.

Owner: Chalk Racing, Robert C. Bayer & John Metcalf
Trainer: Robert Hess, Jr.
Jockey: Eddie Castro
Sales history: $95,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

CAROLINE THOMAS (chestnut filly, Giant’s Causeway—Bit of Whimsy, by Distorted Humor) is the first foal out of her dam, who won three graded stakes on turf, including the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. Bit of Whimsy is a half-sister to Kristi With a K, who was Grade 3 placed on grass.

Owner: Joyce B. Young
Trainer: Barclay Tagg
Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Jon Forbes

RACE 1, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, 1 1/16 MILES, TURF, 12:50 P.M.

 

YANNICK (2yo chestnut colt, Showing Up—Kschessinka, by Nureyev) is a half-brother to Martita Sangrita, who has won two turf stakes to date, including Penn National’s listed Red Carpet Stakes in July. Kschessinka’s only other foal of racing age, Cocodimama, has won a single race, a maiden claimer on turf at Delaware Park. A maiden winner in England, Kschessinka is a half-sister to Grand Lioness, who has won a pair of stakes on dirt, and Doppio, who was second in the Grade 3 San Simeon Handicap on grass.

Owner: Lael Stables
Trainer: Barclay Tagg
Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

SAVED THE BEST (2yo bay colt, After Market—La Dolce Vita, by Quiet American) is out of a turf runner who won three stakes, including the Grade 3 Suwannee River Handicap. Her only other foal of racing age, Champagne Dynasty, was winless in four starts.

Owner: Gary L. Zwerling
Trainer: Mark Hennig
Jockey:  Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

RACE 5, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, SIX FURLONGS, DIRT, 2:58 P.M.

 

LONG RIVER (2yo chestnut colt, A.P. Indy—Round Pond, by Awesome Again) is the first foal out of his dam, who won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Other notable wins for Round Pond include the Grade 1 Acorn and Grade 2 Fantasy. Darley purchased Round Pond, a half-sister to stakes-placed Drama Lady, for $5.75 million as a broodmare prospect.

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

 

HAPPY FELLA (2yo chestnut colt, Northern Afleet—Song of Love, by Changeintheweather) is the first foal of his dam, a winning half-sister to Nobiz Like Showbiz, who as a juvenile won the Grade 2 Remsen and as a sophomore took the Grade 1 Wood Memorial. He later added wins in three graded stakes on turf. Hello Broadway, another half-brother to Song of Love, placed in a pair of graded stakes.

Owner: Elizabeth J. Valando
Trainer: Ian Wilkes
Jockey: Julien Leparoux