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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 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

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 9

Jon Forbes

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

 

SWEET SHIRLEY MAE (2yo dark bay or brown filly, Broken Vow—Joyful Chaos, by Rahy) is out a mare who on turf won a restricted stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack and was second in a minor stakes at Belmont Park. Joyful Chaos has produced two other foals of racing age, including one winner, Chaotic Cat, who in March won a maiden special weight and an allowance on dirt at Mountaineer. Joyful Chaos is a half-sister to turf horse Sal the Barber, whose three stakes wins include a score in the Grade 3 Calder Derby.

 

Sales history: $60,000 Keeneland September yearling

Owner: Ice Win Stable

Trainer: Wesley Ward

Jockey: Julio Garcia

 

HERTHUM (2yo chestnut colt, Strong Contender—Cat Alert, by Tabasco Cat) is out of a turf mare who was second in the Grade 3 Matchmaker at Monmouth Park. She has produced two winners from as many foals of racing age. Cat Alert is out of Grade 3 Fleur de Lis Handicap winner and Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks runner-up Gold N Delicious, making her a half-sister to Fair Grounds stakes winner Precious Kiss.

 

Sales history: $11,000 Keeneland November weanling; $65,000 Keeneland September yearling

Owner: Marshall E. Dowell

Trainer: Robert Bailes

Jockey: Richard Monterrey

 

BERN IDENTITY (2yo bay colt, Bernstein—Maddalena, by Good and Tough) will attempt to become the second winner from four foals to race out his dam, who took the Grade 3 Old Hat and was second in the Grade 1 Prioress. Maddalena has a black-type earner to her credit as Agresivo, a half-brother to Bern Identity, was second in a stakes on turf in Turkey in his lone known start to date.

 

Sales history: $43,000 Keeneland January yearling; $75,000 Keeneland September yearling

Owner: George & Lori Hall

Trainer: Elvis Trujillo

Jockey: Kelly Breen