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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 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

 

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)