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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 7, 2014

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, September 7, 2014

Race 6, 2-year-old fillies, one mile, turf, 3:41 p.m.

BREACH OF DUTY (bay filly, Broken Vow—Friendship, by Benchmark) is out of an unraced half-sister to Harmonious, who on the turf won the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup and dead-heated for the victory in the Grade 1 American Oaks. Breach of Duty – whose third dam, Jade Flush, won the Grade 2 Rare Perfume and was second in the Grade 1 Spinster – will attempt to become the first winner out of Friendship, who has two previous starters to date.

Owner: Long Lake Stable

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $62,000 Barretts October yearling; $140,000 OBS April 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 seconds, video)

 

Race 8, 2-year-old fillies, one mile, turf, 4:45 p.m.

CLASS WILL TELL (dark bay or brown filly, Bernardini—Conchita, by Cozzene) is out of a mare who won a single turf race in five starts. Conchita is a half-sister to White Moonstone, who as a 2-year-old in England won three group stakes, including the Group 1 Fillies Mile. Conchita has produced two winners from as many starters, including Music Chart, who was third in both the Group 3 U.A.E Oaks and listed UAE 1,000 Guineas over a synthetic surface. Class Will Tell’s second dam, Desert Gold, won a stakes at Arlington Park and was second in the Grade 3 Gardenia Handicap and also produced Albasharah, who was Group 2 placed in England. Her third dam, Desert Stormette, was a full-sister to Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Desert Stormer.

Owner: Sullimar Stable

Trainer: Thomas Bush

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

Sales history: $300,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

GIRLS AND GUNS (dark bay or brown filly, Stephen Got Even—Oro Blanco, by Hold for Gold) is out of a mare who won a minor stakes at Sunland Park and was third in the Grade 1 Oak Leaf on a synthetic surface. Her only other foal of racing age has won a sprint races on the dirt.

Owner: Jeffrey Nielsen

Trainer: Edward Coletti, Jr.

Jockey: John Velazquez

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for Forbes’ Firsters, a first-time starter running in a non-statebred race must meet at least one of the following criteria:

* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare

* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner

* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare

* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner

* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000

* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000

* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner

* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner

* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction

Forbes’ Firsters is a collaboration between Jon Forbes and Susie Raisher.

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, September 6, 2014

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, September 6, 2014

Race 7, All 2-year-olds, one mile, turf, 4:13 p.m.

ANIMAL KRACKER (bay colt, Leroidesanimaux—Sweet Theresa, by Strike Smartly) is the first foal out of a mare who in South Africa won the Group 3 Hertz Fillies Mile and was third in the Group 1 S.A. Fillies Classic. Sweet Theresa is a half-sister to Starlit, who won three group stakes and was group 1 placed in South Africa.

Owner: Team Valor International & Albert Frassetto

Trainer: Thomas Bush

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

 

COMMAND CONTROL (gray/roan colt, Smart Strike—Meghan’s Joy, by A.P. Indy) is a half-brother to a trio of runners who have earned black type on the grass: Quiet Harbor, who took the Grade 3 Violet; Seal Cove, who won minor stakes at Saratoga Race Course and Aqueduct Racetrack; and Minister’s Joy, who was third in the Grade 3 Tropical Turf Handicap and on a synthetic track was second in the Grade 3 Ben Ali. Command Control also is a half-brother to Hunting, who took the Grade 3 Stuyvesant Handicap; and Norumbega, victorious in the Grade 2 Brooklyn in June. Their dam placed in three stakes on the dirt at Laurel Park and won four races, including one on the turf.

Owner: Stuart S. Janney III

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: John Velazquez

 

SUPA (bay colt, War Chant—Blended Beauty, by Fusaichi Pegasus) is out of an unplaced half-sister to Splendid Blended, who won the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet and Grade 1 Vanity Invitational Handicap; and Richly Blended, winner of the Grade 3 Gotham and Grade 3 Withers. Blended Beauty has produced two starters, with her lone winner having a maiden victory on the turf to her credit.

Owner: Peter Vegso

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Abel Lezcano

 

ST. LOUIE (dark bay or brown colt, Arch—Seeking an Angel, by Seeking the Gold) is out of a mare who was a distant second in a stakes on the dirt at Monmouth Park. Seeking an Angel is a half-sister to Group 1 Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Hula Angel and Schedule, a two-time stakes winner on the dirt at the Meadowlands. She has produced one previous starter, who has a single win on the grass in eight starts.

Owner: Richard Santulli

Trainer: Alan Goldberg

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for Forbes’ Firsters, a first-time starter running in a non-statebred race must meet at least one of the following criteria:

* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare

* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner

* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare

* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner

* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000

* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000

* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner

* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner

* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction

Forbes’ Firsters is a collaboration between Jon Forbes and Susie Raisher.

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, September 5, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, September 5, 2014

Race 7, 2-year-old fillies, six furlongs, turf, 4:13 p.m.

TAP IT OUT (chestnut filly, Tapit—Great Intentions, by Cat Thief) is out of a sprinter who won the Grade 2 First Flight Handicap and Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap. Great Intentions, who was unplaced in one start on the turf, is a half-sister to Sea Road, who won minor stakes on the turf at Gulfstream Park and Saratoga Race Course and was third in the Grade 3 Royal North on the grass. As a broodmare, Great Intentions has produced three starters, including two turf winners.

Owner: Richard Santulli

Trainer: Alan Goldberg

Jockey: Edgar Prado

 

CONSUMER CREDIT (dark bay or brown filly, More Than Ready—Sally Bowles, by London News) is out of a mare who in South Africa won the Group 2 KZN Fillies Guineas and was second in the Group 1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship. Sally Bowles has produced one winner – London Citizen, who is stakes placed in Sweden – from two starters.

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $185,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

MISS BEHAVIN MISS (bay filly, Mineshaft—Unbridled Sidney, by Unbridled’s Song) is out of a turf runner who won four stakes at Churchill Downs and one stakes apiece at Calder Race Course and Pimlico. Unbridled Sidney also was third in the Grade 3 Royal North and is a half-sister to Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen winner Caller One and Grade 2 A Phenomenon victor Prospect Bay. She has produced three starters, with her lone winner having picked up a maiden score on the turf.

Owner: Douglas Devenport

Trainer: Christophe Clement

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

ALL IN FUN (chestnut filly, Tapit—Devils Humor, by Distorted Humor) is the first foal out of her dam, a two-time winner on the dirt who is a daughter of Grade 1 Ashland and Grade 1 Mother Goose heroine Fleet Renee. Devils Humor is a half-sister to Stormy Renee, the dam of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprinter winner Hightail.

Owner: Stuart Janney III

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales history: $200,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

GINGER RUSH (chestnut filly, Speightstown—Victorina, by Delaware Township) is slated to become the first starter out of her dam, who won 10 black-type stakes, including the Grade 3 Azalea. On the turf, Victorina was third in the Grade 3 Senator Ken Maddy Handicap and second in a minor stakes at Santa Rosa. Ginger Rush’s second dam is a half-sister C. S. Silk, who won the Grade 1 Just a Game on the grass, and Remember Sheik, victorious in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby on the dirt.

Owner: Bach Stables

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Sales history: $90,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

LANA’S FORTUNE (dark bay or brown filly, Harlan’s Holiday—My Pal Lana, by Kris S.) is out of a mare who won the River Memories and Flaming Page, a pair of listed stakes on the turf at Woodbine. My Pal Lana has produced two turf winners from three starters. Lana’s Fortune’s second dam, Palana, was a listed stakes winner in England.

Owner: Fortune Farm

Trainer: Jeremiah Englehart

Jockey: Manuel Franco

Sales history: $40,000 Keeneland November weanling; $70,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for Forbes’ Firsters, a first-time starter running in a non-statebred race must meet at least one of the following criteria:

* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare

* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner

* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare

* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner

* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000

* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000

* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner

* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner

* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction

Forbes’ Firsters is a collaboration between Jon Forbes and Susie Raisher.

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, July 11, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, July 11, 2014

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, six furlongs, turf, 4:02 p.m.

SECURITY RISK (bay colt, War Front—Smuggler, by Unbridled) is out of the 2005 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Smuggler, who won that year’s Grade 1 Mother Goose and Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks. She has produced two winners to date from four starters. Smuggler is the only black type earner from five starters out of Inside Information, the 1995 Champion Older Female who won the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and five other Grade 1 races in her career.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

GRANNY’S KITTEN (bay colt, Kitten’s Joy—Granny Franny, by Grand Slam) is a full-sister to Kitten’s Dumplings, who won last year’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, and to Granny Mc’s Kitten, who last summer at Saratoga took the P.G. Johnson for 2-year-olds. All three starters out of Granny Franny are winners. Granny Franny herself won three races, all over Turfway Park’s Polytrack surface.

Owner: Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey

Trainer: Michael Maker

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

ESCONDIDO (dark bay or brown colt, Eskendereya—Kamaal, by Irgun) is out of a mare who was third in a minor stakes at the Meadowlands as a 2-year-old. Her lone win in 10 starts came in a maiden claiming race on the dirt, also at the Meadowlands. She has produced three winners from seven starters, including Cave’s Valley, who won the Dover and Whirling Ash on the dirt at Delaware Park as a 2-year-old, and Getaway Guy, who took the Tom Ridge on Presque Isle Downs’ Tapeta surface. Escondido was the second most expensive of 49 yearlings by Eskendereya who sold at auction in 2013.

Owner: Alto Racing

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $370,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

RUBY’S LOVE (bay colt, Not For Love—Ruby Rubles, by Scarlet Ibis) is out of a sprinter who won the Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses Handicap. All four of her starters have won, with the best being Chelsea Barton, who was third in the Miss Shenandoah, a sprint stakes at Charles Town. Ruby’s Love will attempt to become Ruby Rubles’ first winner on the turf.

Owner: Matthew Schera

Trainer: James Lawrence II

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

Sales history: $60,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium yearling

 

REALITY (bay colt, Super Saver—Dianehill, by Danehill) is a half-sister to Splash Point, who won the Group 3 UAE 2000 Guineas on Meydan Race Course’s Tapeta track. Their dam won a pair of sprint stakes: the Princess of Palms on the dirt at Turf Paradise and the Stravinsky on the grass at Keeneland. She placed in graded stakes on both surfaces. Reality’s second dam, Very Subtle, won a trio of Grade 1s: the Hollywood Starlet, the Fantasy, and the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. 

Owner: WinStar Farm

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $80,000 Keeneland November weanling; $150,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)