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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 8, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, September 8, 2013

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, One Mile, Dirt, 1:36 p.m.

MASTER LIGHTING (dark bay or brown colt, Pulpit—Maragold Princess, by Smarten) is out of a dam who won four restricted stakes, including a pair for 2-year-olds. Maragold Princes is a full-sister to Grade 3 Pennsylvania Derby winner Smart Guy and has produced stakes-placed runner Starcastic. Four of her five starters have won.

Owner: Alan R. Cook & Larry Pratt

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Edgar Prado

Sales history: $70,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

SURVIVAL (chestnut colt, Giant’s Causeway—Matlacha Pass, by Seeking the Gold) is a half-brother to Pine Island, who won the Grade 1 Alabama and Grade 1 Gazelle, and Point of Entry, who has captured five Grade 1 races on the turf (Man o’ War, Sword Dancer Invitational, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap). Matlacha Pass is a winning full-sister to Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup upset winner Pleasant Home and multiple graded stakes heroine Country Hideaway. Survival’s third dam is Grade 1 Alabama winner Maplejinsky, a half-sister to Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint victor Dayjur. Maplejinsky produced Sky Beauty, who swept the Triple Tiara series.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III

Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

Race 7, All 2-year-olds, Seven Furlongs, Turf, 4:13 p.m.

THIS GUY IS BLUE (bay colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Kim’s Blues, by Cure the Blues) is a half-brother to Lotta Rhythm, who won the listed Pocahontas and was third in the Grade 2 Golden Rod as a 2-year-old; Lotta Kim, who was second in the Grade 2 Golden Rod at 2 and won the listed Tiffany Lass at 3; and High Blues, who took a minor stakes at Turfway Park. Lotta Kim later became the dam of Preakness winner and Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. Like This Guy Is Blue, Rachel Alexandra is by Medaglia d’Oro.

Owner: Chester & Mary Broman

Trainer: John Kimmel

Jockey: Joe Bravo

 

PILATUS (bay colt, Shakespeare—Smart Sis, by Beau Genius) is a half-brother to Sis City, who won the Grade 2 Demoiselle as a juvenile and the Grade 1 Ashland and Grade 2 Davona Dale as a sophomore. Their dam is an unplaced half-sister to Swamp, who annexed three graded stakes on the grass.

Owner: William C. Schettine

Trainer: Lisa Lewis

Jockey: Alex Solis

 

HADRIAN (chestnut colt, Giant’s Causeway—Junia Tepzia, by Rock of Gibraltar) is the first foal out of his dam, who won a listed stakes in Italy as a 2-year-old. Hadrian’s second dam, Marie Laurencin, is a placed half-sister to Footstepsinthesand, winner of the Group 1 English 2000 Guineas, and Pedro the Great, victorious in Ireland’s Group 1 Phoenix.

Owner: Team Valor International & Gary Barber

Trainer: Richard Mettee

Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

THEROS (dark bay or brown colt, Pulpit—Panty Raid, by Include) is the second foal out of his dam, who won the Grade 1 American Oaks on the turf, the Grade 1 Spinster on Polytrack, and the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan on the dirt. Panty Raid, a full-sister to Grade 2 Delaware Oaks winner and Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks runner-up St. John’s River, has produced one other foal of racing age, Hunting Ground, whose lone win to date has come in a maiden race over the all-weather in England.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, September 7, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, September 7, 2013
 
Race 7, 2-year-old Fillies, Seven Furlongs, Turf, 4:13 p.m.
 
FROM THE TIZ MOMENT ON (bay filly, Tiznow—Coco Belle, by Storm Boot) is the first foal out of his dam, a sprinter who won three stakes, with her biggest victory coming in the listed Miss Woodford at Monmouth Park. She won three of seven starts on the dirt. On synthetic surfaces, she had four wins in 15 starts and was Grade 3-placed. She was winless in four turf starts.
 
Owner: Leonard C. Green, Steven Wecker, William Achenbaum & Harold Lerner
Trainer: Gary Contessa
Jockey: Phil Teator
Sales history: $75,000 OBS June 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)
 
BIKINI BEAUTY (bay filly, Bernardini—Beautyandthebeast, by Machiavellian) is the first foal to race out of his dam, a listed stakes winner in England who later came to the United States and captured the Grade 2 Las Palmas Handicap on the turf. Beautyandthebeast is a half-sister to German Group 1 winner Neatico.
 
Owner: Neil L. Jones
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
 
TAPITBYTHESEA (chestnut filly, Tapit—Haysee, by Orientate) is out of an unraced full-sister to Grade 1 Alabama winner Lady Joanne and a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Shackleford (Preakness, Metropolitan Handicap, and Clark Handicap), multiple graded stakes winners Baghdaria and Afleeting Lady, and stakes winner/multiple graded stakes-placed Stephanoatsee.
 
Owner: Lakland Farm & Diane & Roger Stanton
Trainer: Steven Asmussen
Jockey: John Velazquez
 
SUNSET RIDE (bay filly, Artie Schiller—Forest Key, by Green Forest) is a half-sister to Gaviola, who won the Grade 1 Garden City and three additional graded stakes on the turf. Their dam has produced five winners from eight starters.
 
Owner: St Elias Stable
Trainer: Carl Domino
Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez
Sales history: $190,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling
 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, July 12, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, July 12, 2013

 

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, 5 ½ Furlongs, Dirt 3:30 p.m.

H TOWN BROWN (bay colt, Big Brown—Elbow, by Woodman) is a half-brother to D’ Funnybone, who as a 2-year-old debuted an easy winner at Calder and won the Grade 2 Saratoga Special by 10 ½ lengths and the Grade 2 Futurity by 4 ¾ lengths. At 3, D’ Funnybone added scores in the Grade 2 Hutcheson, Grade 2 Swale, and Grade 2 Woody Stephens. Another half-sibling to H Town Brown, Dr. Kathy, won a minor stakes at the Meadowlands and was third in the Grade 2 Demoiselle.

Owner: Jake Ballis

Trainer: Eddie Kenneally

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $145,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

KINGOFGOLDSTREET (chestnut colt, Street Cry—In the Gold, by Golden Missile) is out of a mare who won the Grade 2 Beaumont sprinting and the Grade 1 Gazelle going long and also placed in the Grade 1 Acorn and Grade 1 Test. High Blitz, a half-brother to In the Gold, won two stakes at Monmouth Park and one stakes at Mountaineer. In the Gold has produced two other foals to race, with the lone winner being claimer Golden Causeway.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

Race 4, All 2-year-olds, Six Furlongs, Turf, 4:30 p.m.

SCORIA (chestnut colt, Giant’s Causeway—Winning Season, by Lemon Drop Kid) is out of a mare who took the restricted Raging Fever and finished third in the Grade 2 Demoiselle at Aqueduct as a 2-year-old. A half-sister to Winning Season, Laguna Seca, won a listed stakes and was third in the Grade 2 Railbird at Hollywood Park. Two of Winning Season’s three foals to race have won, one on the grass.

Owner: Waterville Lake Stable

Trainer: Christophe Clement

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

 

STREET GENT (bay colt, Street Sense—Gen Corp Purposes, by Beau Genius) is a half-brother to Beau Dare, who captured the one-mile Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies as a 2-year-old and three sprint stakes as a 5-year-old. One of those sprint stakes wins, the Candy Éclair at Monmouth Park, was contested on the turf. A half-brother to Street Gent, Turfiste, won stakes and was Grade 3-placed on the turf and over the all-weather. Their dam is a winning full-sister to Gentleman Beau, who won the Grade 3 Belmont Breeders’ Cup Handicap via disqualification, and a half-sister to restricted stakes winner Do’s and Don’ts.

Owner: Treadway Racing Stable

Trainer: Leah Gyarmati

Jockey: Alex Solis

Sales history: $80,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

GENERAL JACK (chestnut colt, Giant’s Causeway—J’ray, by Distant View) is the second foal out of his dam, who won eight stakes, all on the grass. Four came in graded stakes: the Grade 2 Canadian, Grade 3 Matchmaker, Grade 3 Bayou Handicap, and Grade 3 My Charmer. Her only other foal has a single win in seven starts, a maiden claiming score going long on the dirt at Finger Lakes.

Owner: Thomas F. Conway & Michael J. Maker

Trainer: Michael Maker

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales history: $200,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

MARIA’S DUNKIRK (bay colt, Dunkirk— Mischievious, by Maria’s Mon) is the first foal out of his dam, whose lone win came on the turf. Mischievious is a half-sister to Diabolical, who won the Grade 2 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, Group 3 Mahab Al Shimaal, and Grade 3 Maryland Sprint Handicap. He also captured a turf stakes, the Nick Shuk Memorial at Delaware Park. A half-sister to Mischievious, What a Name, has won a pair of Group 3 races and was second in the Group 1 Grand Criterium in France.

Owner: McConnell Racing Stable & Leo Green

Trainer: Gary Contessa

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $50,000 Keeneland November weanling; $150,000 Keeneland September yearling, $75,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, July 11, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, July 11, 2013

Race 2, 2-year-old Fillies, 5 ½ furlongs, 1:36 p.m.

 

ARI THE ADVENTURER (bay filly, Pioneerof the Nile—Wild Catseye, by Forest Wildcat) looks to become the fifth winner from as many foals to race out of his dam, who won a sprint stakes for New Jersey-bred 2-year-old fillies. Wild Catseye’s best foal to date has been Mysticism, a sprinter who has won a maiden special weight at Gulfstream Park and a pair of allowance races at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Owner: Stonestreet Stables

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $52,000 Keeneland September yearling, $350,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 9 4/5 seconds, video)

 

COSI CELESTE (dark bay or brown filly, Bernardini—Colonial Ally, by Pleasant Colony) is a half-sister to Grade 3 National Jockey Club Handicap victor Fight for Ally and Bourbonette winner and two-time Grade 3-placed Colonial Glitter. Their dam has produced a total of four winners from eight foals to race.

Owner: Christopher Berglar

Trainer: H. Allen Jerkens

Jockey: Alex Solis

Sales history: $325,000 Keeneland November weanling

 

SKY CREW (dark bay or brown filly, Sky Mesa—Carson City Babe, by Carson City) is the first foal out of his dam, who won a sprint stakes for Louisiana-breds. Carson City Babe is a half-sister to stakes winner Pressed and stakes placed Silver Indy and Court Mischief.

Owner: Black Swan Stable

Trainer: Richard Schosberg

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $140,000 Keeneland September yearling