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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 28, 2014

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, September 28, 2014

Race 1, All 2-year-olds, six furlongs, turf, 12:50 p.m.

PRIMA STORM (bay colt, Stormy Atlantic—Prima Centauri, by Distant View) is out of an unplaced half-sister to Etoile Montante, who won the Group 1 Prix de La Foret and was third in the Group 1 Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (French 1,000 Guineas). Prima Centauri has produced two winners from four starters. Her lone turf winner, Bodes Galaxy, placed in a pair of group stakes in England as a juvenile. Prima Storm’s fourth dam is Hall of Famer Chris Evert.

Owner: Dixiana Farms

Trainer: Christophe Clement

Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

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 26, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, September 26, 2014

Race 6, 2-year-old fillies, seven furlongs, turf, 3:25 p.m.

GIANT CRYSTAL (chestnut filly, Giant’s Causeway—Crystal Shard, by Mr. Prospector) is a half-sister to Gemologist, who won the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club at 2 before taking the Grade 1 Wood Memorial the following year; and Clear Destiny, who won a listed stakes at Mountaineer Racetrack. Eight of 10 starters out of their unraced dam have won, including two on the turf. Crystal Shard is a full-sister to Withallprobability, who won three graded stakes and was second in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. Giant Crystal was the most expensive of 10 weanlings by Giant’s Causeway to sell at auction in 2012.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Trainer: H. Graham Motion

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

Sales history: $450,000 Keeneland November weanling

 

LIGHTNING LUCY (dark bay or brown filly, Giant’s Causeway—Mary Goodnight, by Grindstone) is out of a mare who won two races on the dirt. Mary Goodnight is a half-sister to four-time Grade 1 winner Devil His Due and has produced four winners from as many starters, including one on the turf.

Owner: Stronach Stables

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

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 27, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, September 27, 2014

Race 1, All 2-year-olds, seven furlongs, dirt, 12:50 p.m.

SAVOY SAMPLE (dark bay or brown colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Crystal Current, by El Prado) is a half-brother to Mi Vida, who was third in a minor stakes at Evangeline Downs. Their dam won the Suncoast Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs and is a full-sister to Grade 1 Hopeful winner Majestic Warrior and a half-sister to Evolutionist, who on the turf won a stakes at the Fair Grounds and was Grade 3-placed. Savoy Sample’s second dam is Dream Supreme, who captured six graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Test and Grade 1 Ballerina.

Owner: Team Valor International & Southern Equine Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $875,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling

 

BOONE DOCKS (bay colt, Smart Strike—Belle of Perintown, by Dehere) is a half-brother to Strike It Rich, who won the Grade 3 Boiling Springs on the turf. Their dam won the listed Pocahontas at 2 and the Grade 2 Silverbulletday at 3 and has produced three winners from four starters.

Owner: Southern Equine Stable

Trainer: Eric Guillot

Jockey: Junior Alvrado

Sales history: $575,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

TRADESMAN (dark bay or brown colt, Street Sense—Mari’s Thunder, by Thunder Gulch) is out of an unraced half-sister to Congaree, who won two editions of the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap and the Grade 1 Swaps, Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup, and Grade 1 Carter Handicap; and Sangaree, who won a minor stakes at Santa Anita and was second in five graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap. Mari’s Thunder has produced two winners from four starters.

 

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Paco Lopez

 

MIDHMAAR (gray/roan colt, Tapit—Take D’ Tour, by Tour d’Or) is out of a two-time winner of the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap. Take D’ Tour has produced one starter, who was winless in three races.

Owner: Shadwell Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $600,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 1:54 p.m.

 

ST. LOUIE (dark bay or brown colt, Arch—Seeking an Angel, by Seeking the Gold) is out of a stakes-placed half-sister to Hula Angel, a daughter of Woodman who won the Group 1 Irish 1,000 Guineas; and Schedule, a two-time stakes winner on the dirt at the Meadowlands. Both Seeking an Angel and Hula Angel are by sons of Mr. Prospector. Seeking an Angel has produced one previous starter, who won a single race on the turf in eight starts.

Owner: Richard Santulli

Trainer: Alan Goldberg

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

MOSS CODE (chestnut colt, Congrats—Fun Project, by Housebuster) is a half-brother to Fun Logic, who won the restricted Adoration Handicap on Del Mar’s synthetic surface; and Freesgood, who on the dirt captured stakes at Santa Anita and Fairplex and was second in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby. Their dam has produced six winners (two turf winners) from seven starters and is winning half-sister to stakes winners Fleet Broad and Houston Fleet M D.

Owner: Mossarosa

Trainer: Nicholas Zito

Jockey: Israel Rodriguez

Sales history: $45,000 Keeneland January yearling, $190,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

DISPERSION (dark bay or brown colt, Arch—Miss Lodi, by Mr. Greeley) is out of a sprinter who captured the Grade 3 Safely Kept and was third in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff Handicap. Miss Lodi has produced four winners (one dirt winner and two synthetic winners) from five starters.

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $150,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

CAPROCK KID (bay colt, Sky Mesa—Western Humor, by Gone West) is out of an unraced half-sister to Coronado’s Quest, a son of Forty Niner whose accomplishments included Grade 1 wins in the Wood Memorial and Haskell Invitational Handicap; Warning Glance, a Grade 3 winner on the turf; and Military Look, who took a pair of Maryland Million races on the dirt. Both Western Humor and Coronado’s Quest are by sons of Mr. Prospector. Western Humor has produced two turf winners from three starters.

Owner: Stuart S. Janney III

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

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 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