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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 FRIDAY, JUNE 29

Jon Forbes

RACE 5, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, SIX FURLONGS, TURF, 5:00 P.M.

 

THREE HEARTS (2yo bay filly, Hat Trick—Secret Heart, by Fort Wood) is a half-sister to Pluck, who won the 2010 Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Their dam, Secret Heart, won a stakes and placed in three Group 1 events in South Africa. Secret Heart is a half-sister to South African Group 1 winners Promisefrommyheart, who was named that country’s Co-Champion Three-Year-Old Filly, and Covenant.

Owner: Team Valor International
Trainer: H. Graham Motion
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
 

APPLE CIDER (2yo chestnut filly, More Than Ready—Who Did It and Run, by Polish Numbers) is out of a mare who on the Monmouth Park turf won the Grade 3 Reeve Schley, Jr. after defeating males in the Grade 2 Jersey Derby. Who Did It and Run has produced two black-type earners: Who’s Cozy, who was third in the Grade 3 Lake George on turf, and American Victory, who won a restricted stakes on dirt at Pimlico. Apple Cider brought the highest price of 40 yearlings by More Than Ready to sell at auction last year.

Owner: More Than Ready
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $360,000 Keeneland September yearling
 

RADIANT CUT (2yo dark bay or brown filly, Sharp Humor—Ruff, by Clever Trick) is a half-sister to Mr. Gruff, who so far in his career has twice won the Grade 3 San Simeon going down the hill at Santa Anita and was third in the 2010 Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile. Ruff was also a stakes winner on turf, having taken the Grade 3 Miss Grillo as a juvenile.

Owner: Robert Spiegel
Trainer: David Donk
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik
 

PRISCILLA MARIE (2yo bay filly, Bustin Stones—Hay Jude, by Wavering Monarch) is a half-sister to Little Mike, who has won three graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic in his most recent start. Little Mike is entered in Saturday’s Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile at Betfair Hollywood Park. Another half-brother, Little Nick, has won three stakes to date, including the Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint, and placed in the Grade 3 Miami Mile.

Owner: Priscilla Vaccarezza & J and J Stables
Trainer: Dale Romans
Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 28

Jon Forbes

RACE 2, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, 5 ½ FURLONGS, DIRT, 1:23 P.M.

 

LIVE LIVELY (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Glacken’s Gal, by Smoke Glacken) is the second foal out of her dam, who was unbeaten in her brief career, breaking her maiden in late May of her 2-year-old year and taking Belmont’s Astoria by two lengths one month later. Out of stakes-placed runner Lady Diplomat, Glacken’s Gal is a half-sister to City Dweller, winner of a listed stakes at Hawthorne, and Banker’s Buy, who captured Belmont’s restricted Reno Miss South Shore Stakes last July.

Owner: Lewis Lee
Trainer: Mark Hennig
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Sales history: $160,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

SEASONED WARRIOR (2yo bay filly, Majestic Warrior—Saoirse, by Cure the Blues) is a half-sister to Hide and Chic, who won the Grade 3 Royal North on turf and Grade 3 Seaway on Polytrack at Woodbine and was third on dirt in Saratoga’s Grade 1 Test, and Autobahn Girl, who took three minor stakes at the Fair Grounds and Tampa Bay Downs. Autobahn Girl is by A.P. Indy, the sire of Majestic Warrior. Saoirse was also a black-type winner, capturing the Grade 3 Chicago Handicap and three other sprint stakes, and is a half-sister to Grade 2 Adirondack heroine More Happy.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

RACE 3, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, 5 ½ FURLONGS, DIRT, 1:54 P.M.

 

FLY BYE POMEROY (2yo bay colt, Pomeroy—Fly Bye Dancer, by Fire Dancer) is a half-brother to Asi Asi, who won a minor stakes at Calder as a 2-year-old. All six of Fly Bye Pomeroy’s foals to race are winners.

Owner: Blue Devil Racing Stable
Trainer: Carlos Martin
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $43,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium yearling

 

ONETWENTYEIGHT (2yo chestnut colt, Discreet Cat—Box of Joy, by Concerto) is a half-brother to Tackleberry, whose five stakes wins include scores in last year’s Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship and Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap. Trippin Star, a half-sister to Onetwentyeight, was stakes placed. Box of Joy, a half-sister to Grade 1 Super Derby winner Outofthebox, has produced total foals, all winners.

Owner: Repole Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $150,000 OBS March 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 3/5 seconds, video)

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR THURSDAY, JUNE 21

Jon Forbes

RACE 3, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, FIVE FURLONGS, DIRT, 1:54 P.M.

 

PALACE MALICE (2yo bay colt, Curlin—Palace Rumor, by Royal Anthem) is out of a mare who won the Audubon Oaks, a minor stakes at Ellis Park. Palace Rumor has two other foals of racing age, both winners. The first, Puritanka, is a winner in Russia, while the second, Lady June Bug, has taken three claiming races at Laurel Park. Palace Rumor is a half-sister to Prairie Meadows stakes winners Maya’s Storm and Jumpifyoudare.

Owner: Dogwood Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $25,000 Keeneland September yearling; $200,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)
 

HONORABLE DILLON (2yo gray/roan colt, Tapit—Shy Greeting, by Shy Tom) is a half-sister to Forty Greeta, who was named Champion Two-Year-Old Filly in Argentina after winning three group races, including the Group 1 Premio Estrellas Juvenile Fillies-Blaquier. Forty Greeta later produced Fort Hughes, who won the Jimmy Winkfield during his abbreviated career.

Owner: Joseph Bucci
Trainer: Eddie Kenneally
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Sales history: $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 4/5 seconds, video)
 

FLY BYE POMEROY (2yo bay colt, Pomeroy—Fly Bye Dancer, by Fire Dancer) is a half-brother to Asi Asi, who won a minor stakes at Calder as a 2-year-old. All six of Fly Bye Pomeroy’s foals to race are winners.

Owner: Blue Devil Racing Stable
Trainer: Carlos Martin
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $43,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium yearling

 

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