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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 Monday, October 14, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Monday, October 14, 2013

Race 5, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 2:58 p.m.

HIS FREEDOM REIGNS (bay colt, Grand Slam—Saoirse, by Cure the Blues) is a half-brother to Hide and Chic, a sprinter who won the Grade 3 Royal North on the turf and the Grade 3 Seaway Stakes over the all-weather, and on the dirt won a minor stakes at Calder Race Course and was second in the Grade 1 Test; and Autobahn Girl, who won two stakes at the Fair Grounds (one on the dirt and one on the turf) and a single stakes at Tampa Bay Downs (dirt). His Freedom Rings also is a half-brother to two-time stakes-placed Saoirse Cat and Seasoned Warrior, third in the Grade 2 Matron. Their dam was a sprinter who won four stakes, including the Grade 3 Chicago Breeders’ Cup Handicap.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

INNOVATION ECONOMY (dark bay or brown colt, Dynaformer—Somerset West, Gone West) is a half-brother to Seaspeak, who garnered the Grade 3 Dallas Turf Cup Handicap at Lone Star Park. All three foals out of Somerset West to race have won on the turf. Somerset West herself captured two races on the grass and is a full-sister to two-time graded-placed turfer De Aar and a half-sister to eight additional black-type earners, including Cetewayo (winner of the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational and Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Breeders’ Cup Handicap), Bowman Mill (winner of the Grade 2 Sky Classic and second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Cup), and Dynaforce (winner of the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational and Grade 1 Beverly D.)

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, October 13, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, October 13, 2013

Race 1, 2-year-old Fillies, 6 ½ Furlongs, Dirt, 12:50 p.m.

MISS MELINDA (dark bay or brown filly, Malibu Moon—Black Escort, by Southern Halo) is out of a turf runner who won a listed stakes and was group stakes placed in France. She also placed in a pair of stakes in the United States. Black Escort, a half-sister to a pair of stakes-placed runners in France, has produced two winners from three starters, one on the dirt. One of them, Black Snowflake, placed in two stakes in England as a 2-year-old.

Owner: Fager Stable

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

GOLDEN MARIA (dark bay or brown filly, Tiznow—Golden Dawn, by Hennessy) is out of a sprinter who took the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap. Golden Maria will be the first starter for Golden Dawn, a daughter of Paved in Gold, who took the Grade 2 Astarita as a juvenile.

Owner: L and M Racing Stables

Trainer: LeRoy Jolley, Jr.

Jockey: Phil Teator

Sales history: $45,000 Keeneland September yearling; $60,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

FLATBOW (chestnut filly, Broken Vow—Kootenai, by Deputy Minister) is a half-brother to Lime Rickey, who placed in the Grade 2 Colonial Turf Cup and Grade 3 Palm Beach on the grass. Their dam is placed daughter of three-time Grade 1 winner Classy Cathy (Ashland, Alabama, Gazelle) and is a daughter of English Group 2 winner Placerville. Kootenai has produced three winners from five starters.

Owner: Green Hills Farm Inc.

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $75,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling; $375,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 seconds, video)

 

Race 7, 2-year-old Fillies, Six Furlongs, Turf, 4:02 p.m.

TOUCH THE STAR (chestnut filly, Tapit—Willstar, by Nureyev) is a half-sister to Etoile Montante, who captured the Group 1 Prix de la Foret in France and won the Grade 2 Palomar Handicap and was Grade 1 placed in the United States. Their dam, who has produced six winners from 10 starters, is a winning half-sister to Hometown Queen, a dirt runner who won a listed stakes and placed in three Grade 1 events; and turf filly Revasser, who took the Grade 2 Tidal Handicap, finished third in the Grade 1 Santa Barbara Handicap, and placed in group stakes in France and Italy. Touch the Star’s third dam is Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Chris Evert.

Owner: Juddmonte Farms

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

ANEA (chestnut filly, Unbridled’s Song—Desire to Excel, by Mt. Livermore) is out of a dam who won the listed Astoria on the dirt as a 2-year-old and the Honest Lady Handicap over the all-weather as a 3-year-old. She was unplaced in her lone turf try. Her only other foal of racing age is Artest, who won the listed Quick Call, a turf sprint.

Owner: Dennis Narlinger

Trainer: Anthony Dutrow

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

ALICE AND TRIXIE (dark bay or brown filly, Bob and John—Reallyaroan, by Imperial Falcon) is a half-sister to sprinter A Rose for You, who won a restricted stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack. Their dam won a restricted route stakes at Hoosier Park has produced three winners from five starters, one on turf.

Owner: Harold Lerner LLC

Trainer: Gary Contessa

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Sales history: $30,000 Keeneland November weanling; $50,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, October 12, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, October 12, 2013

Race 1, All 2-year-olds, 6 ½ Furlongs, Dirt, 12:50 p.m.

REACH FOR YIELD (chestnut colt, Curlin—Lucky Soph, by Cozzene) is a half-brother to Lucky Pulpit, who won a minor turf sprint stakes at Arlington Park and was second in the Grade 2 Santa Catalina over a route of ground on the dirt. Another half-brother, Drewman, placed in a pair of route stakes. Their dam is a winning daughter of two-time Grade 3 winner Lucky Spell, who also produced English Group 3 winner Merlins Charm and Goldspell, who took a restricted stakes at Del Mar. Lucky Spell also produced Trolley Song, the dam of Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile victor Unbridled’s Song.

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Sales history: $150,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

RED KNOT (dark bay or brown colt, Birdstone—Kentucky Whisper, by Southern Halo) is a half-brother to a pair of turf stakes winners: Love to Tell, who captured stakes at Louisiana Downs, the Fair Grounds, and Sam Houston; and Volcat, who annexed last year’s Grade 3 Virginia Oaks. Two additional half-siblings, Economic Swoon and Special Skills, are stakes placed. Their dam is an unraced half-sister to Setareh, who won two restricted stakes and was third in the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap.

Owner: Black Swan Stable & Barry Schwartz

Trainer: Allen Iwinski

Jockey: Manuel Franco

Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

SMARTY BURNS (chestnut colt, Smart Strike—Mon Belle, by Maria’s Mon) is a half-brother to Supreme, a turf sprinter who won a minor stakes at Colonial Downs and was second in the Grade 3 Royal North at Woodbine. He also won a pair of sprints on the dirt. His dam is a winning full-sister to 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos.

Owner: Stonestreet Stables

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $900,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, October 10, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, October 10, 2013

Race 7, All 2-year-olds, Seven Furlongs, Turf, 4:02 p.m.

GIBSON’S BULLET (chestnut colt, Montbrook—Catch the Ghost, by Silver Ghost) is out of a winning half-sister to 2004 Horse of the Year and Breeders’ Cup Classic victor Ghostzapper, Grade 1 Hopeful hero City Zip, and Grade 3 Durham Cup winner City Wolf. Catch the Ghost has produced four winners (one on the turf) from seven starters, including Phantom Income, who took the restricted N.A.T.C. Futurity (Fillies) as a 2-year-old.

Owner: East Avenue Stable

Trainer: Barclay Tagg

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

Sales history: $50,000 OBS June 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 4/5 seconds, video)

 

DOUBLE WHAMMY (dark bay or brown colt, Arch—Falling Springs, by Mr. Prospector) is out of an unraced half-sister to Astoria winner Aces. Falling Springs has produced three winners from as many starters, but none have won on the turf. Her top foal is Easy Gallop, who placed in a sprint stakes at the Meadowlands.

Owner: Mill House

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $125,000 Keeneland September yearling; $535,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)