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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 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20

Jon Forbes

RACE 2, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILIES, FIVE FURLONGS, DIRT, 1:23 P.M.

 

JANE OF ALL TRADES (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Rock Hard Ten—Bag Lady Jane, by Devil’s Bag) is a half-sister to Mamma Kimbo, who won this year’s Grade 2 Fantasy in her second start. Their dam won a restricted stakes at Woodbine as a juvenile before adding a second stakes score and a placing in the Grade 2 Monmouth Oaks as a sophomore. In total, Bag Lady Jane, a daughter of Canadian Champion Two-Year-Old Filly and Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Deputy Jane West, has four winners from five foals to race. Jane of All Trades brought the third highest price of 45 yearlings by her sire to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: Namcock Stables
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $160,000 Keeneland September yearling
 

CHARMING BECKY (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Dixie Union—Marvelous Me, Capote) is the second foal out her dam, who was winless in four starts, to race. Marvelous Me is a half-sister to Mandy’s Gold, who won the 2002 Grade 1 Ruffian Handicap and five other stakes, and Matula, who won a listed stakes and placed in a Group 3 in Germany.

Owner:  Joseph Bucci
Trainer: Eddie Kenneally
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Sales history: $50,000 Keeneland September yearling; $160,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)
 

BILLBOARD BABE (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Johannesburg—Downtown Blues, by Seattle Song) is a half-sister to Night Patrol, who primarily raced on turf and won the Grade 2 Oak Tree Mile and was second in the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham; and Harbor Blues, who took a listed stakes at Turf Paradise and was second in the Grade 2 Fantasy. Harbor Blues is the dam of Lady Lumberjack, who placed in three graded races in Southern California. Billboard Babe was the second most expensive of 47 yearlings by Johannesburg to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: Reeves Thoroughbred Racing
Trainer: Kathy Ritvo
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling
 

GIRLUPHIGH (2yo gray/roan filly, Unbridled’s Song—Dancing Shoes, by Danehill) is a half-sister to Striking Dancer, who captured the Grade 2 La Cañada when Santa Anita had an artificial surface and who placed in a pair of graded stakes on dirt. Girluphigh’s second dam, Emmaline, won an overnight stakes at Arlington and was a half-sister to Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap winner Bates Motel. As a broodmare, Emmaline produced Zarani Sidi Anna, who placed in Group 1/Grade 1 races in England and the United States.

Owner: Robert E. Masterson
Trainer: Alan Goldberg
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 8

Jon Forbes

RACE 2, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, FIVE FURLONGS, DIRT, 1:22 P.M.

 

ROSE JUNCTION (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Dixie Union—Sandra’s Rose, by Old Trieste) hails from a family of runners who have performed best on turf. He is the third foal and first to race out of his dam, who won a restricted, non-black-type stakes on turf at Hollywood Park and placed in a pair of Grade 3 races down the hill at Santa Anita. Sandra’s Rose, out of a two-time stakes-placed turf runner, is a half-sister to Mananan McLir, winner of the Grade 2 American Derby and second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby, and Charming N Lovable, who took Hollywood’s listed Flawlessly Stakes.

Owner: Starlight Racing
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $310,000 Keeneland September yearling
 

SUMMER SHINER (2yo chestnut colt, Indygo Shiner—Fabled Flyer, by Fusaichi Pegasus) looks to become his dam’s second winner from as many foals to race out. Fabled Flyer, who has three total foals of racing age, is an unraced half-sister to Willa on the Move, winner of the Grade 3 Honorable Miss and second in the Grade 1 Acorn.

Owner: Lady Sheila Stable
Trainer: Kenneth McPeek
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Sales history: $37,000 Keeneland September yearling
 

RED WINGS (2yo chestnut colt, English Channel—Heavenly Ransom, by Red Ransom) is set to be the first starter out of his dam, who captured the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap on turf and who has one other foal of racing age. Heavenly Ransom has a pair of half-siblings who were stakes winners on turf and graded stakes-placed on dirt: Capitano, who captured four black-type events on turf and placed in three graded stakes, including the Grade 2 Best Pal and Grade 2 Norfolk for juveniles; and Dilemma, victorious in the Grade 3 Daytona down the hill at Santa Anita at the age of 7 and second in that venue’s Sunny Slope Stakes as a 2-year-old.

Owner: Bluegrass Hall
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Corey Nakatani

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR FRIDAY, JUNE 1

Jon Forbes

RACE 4, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, FIVE FURLONGS, DIRT, 2:26 P.M.

 

PARNELLI (2yo bay colt, Bernardini—Ensenada, by Seeking the Gold) is out of a stakes-placed half-sister to Grade 2 Beaumont winner Sahara Gold, the dam of Saturday’s Grade 2 Sands Point winner Better Lucky. Casino Host, a half-brother to Parnelli, was third in last year’s Grade 2 Virginia Derby, which like the Sands Point was contested on turf. Ensenada and Sahara Gold are daughters of Desert Stormer, who posted a 14-1 upset as part of a field entry in the 1995 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Ramon Dominguez

Sales history: $300,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR THURSDAY, MAY 24

Jon Forbes

RACE 6, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, SIX FURLONGS, TURF, 3:30 P.M.

 

LEADER AVENUE (2yo gray/roan colt, Street Cry—Dyna Da Wyna, by Doc’s Leader) is out of a turf runner who won four stakes, including the Grade 3 Valley View. A half-brother to Dyna Da Wyna, Leroy’s Dynameaux, took the Grade 3 Will Rogers on turf. Dyna Da Dyna has four other foals of racing age, and all three to race have won. One, a dirt runner Sumo, has earned black type, having captured the Pleasant Colony at Saratoga Race Course and finished third in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis.

Sales history: $250,000 Keeneland September yearling
Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez