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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 27, 2014

Susie Raisher

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, June 27, 2014

Race 3, 2-year-old fillies, five furlongs, 4:02 p.m.

SUNDAY SONNET (dark bay/brown filly, Any Given Saturday—Red Piano, by Red Ransom) is a half-sister to Pianist, a multiple graded stakes winner.  Pianist’s success has come on turf, with victories including the Grade 3 Gallorette and the Grade 3 Athenia.

Owner: George and Lori Hall

Trainer: Kelly J. Breen

Jockey: Jose L. Ortiz

Sales history: $115,000 Keeneland September yearling


HIGH DOLLAR WOMAN (chestnut filly, Super Saver—Melissa Jo, by Fusaichi Pegasus) is the second foal from her multiple graded stakes placed dam. The first, Joedini, was a stakes-placed winner at two. High Dollar Woman worked a quarter mile in 21.00 at OBS.

Owner: Alex Lieblong, JoAnn Lieblong

Trainer: Anthony W. Dutrow

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $675,000 OBC March Select two-year-old in training


ANGELA RENEE (bay filly, Bernardini – Pilfer, by Deputy Minister) is a full sister to multiple Grade 1 winner To Honor and Serve. To Honor and Serve was a multiple graded stakes winner as a two-year-old who would go on to victories in the Cigar Mile Handicap and Woodward Stakes. Pilfer, a stakes winner, is also the dam of graded stakes placed Elnaawi.

Owner: Siena Farm LLC

Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher

Jockey: John R. Velazquez


Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, June 20, 2014

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, June 20, 2014

Race 4, All 2-year-olds, $100,000 Tremont, 5 ½ furlongs, 4:02 p.m.

JAMAALAREE (chestnut filly, Congaree—Crafty Vanessa, by Crafty Prospector), a filly facing males, is out of an unplaced full-sister to More Crafty, who won a pair of sprint stakes at Golden Gate Fields. Crafty Vanessa has one other foal of racing age, Impressive Vanessa, who has one win in 12 starts, an $8,000 maiden claiming victory at Golden Gate.

Owner: Victor George Bahna, Jr.

Trainer: Wesley Ward

Jockey: Abel Lezcano


KING RONTOS (gray/roan colt, Unbridled’s Song—Distant Roar, by Storm Cat) is a half-brother to Butterfly McQueen, who was second in a listed stakes at Chantilly in France. Three of six foals out of Distant Roar, a daughter of Canadian Champion older female and Grade 1 Spinster heroine Wilderness Song, have won.

Owner: Rontos Racing Stable Corp.

Trainer: Rudy Rodriguez

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $150,000 Keeneland September yearling


Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, June 14, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, June 14, 2014

Race 4, 2-year-old Fillies, $100,000 Astoria, 5 ½ furlongs, 2:53 p.m.

FASHION ALERT (bay filly, Old Fashioned—Titan Queen, by Tiznow) is set to make her debut in a stakes stakes. She has one sibling of racing age, Renee’s Titan, who placed in a pair of stakes as a 2-year-old and won the Grade 2 Santa Ynez as a 3-year-old. Their dam is a placed full-sister to Roman’s Run, who was staked placed at Jebel Ali in Dubai, and a half-sister to Big Band Sound, who took the Grade 2 Play the King on the turf at Woodbine, and Silver Prospector, who captured the restricted Don Rickles at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Owner: George Bolton

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $125,000 Keeneland September yearling


Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, June 13, 2014

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, June 13, 2014

Race 1, All 2-year-olds, Five Furlongs, 1:20 p.m.

NONNA’S BOY (bay colt, Distorted Humor—Nonna Mia, by Empire Maker) is the first foal out of his dam, who was third in the Grade 1 Frizette and the Grade 3 Frizette as a 2-year-old and second in the restricted Loudonville as a 3-year-old. Nonna Mia is a half-sister to Cairo Prince, who won last year’s Grade 2 Nashua and this year’s Grade 2 Holy Bull. Cairo Prince is by Pioneerof the Nile, a son of Empire Maker. Nonna Mia and Cairo Prince are out of Holy Bubbette, a sprinter who won the Whimsical Stakes at Woodbine and the Dixie Miss at Louisiana Downs, and was second in the Grade 3 Chaposa Springs Handicap at Calder Race Course.

Owner: Repole Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez


STANFORD (bay colt, Malibu Moon—Rosy Humor, by Distorted Humor) will become the second starter out of his dam, who was unplaced in three starts. Stanford’s second dam, Show Me the Roses, had only two placings in seven starts, but is a half-sister to Johannesburg, who was named Europe’s and the United States’ Champion Two-Year-Old Male after winning races such as the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Group 1 Phoenix, Group 1 Prix Morny, and Group 1 Middle Park. Show Me the Roses is by Storm Cat, who sired Hennessy, the sire of Johannesburg.  

Owner: Stonestreet Stables, M. Magnier, M. Tabor, D. Smith

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $120,000 Keeneland September yearling, $555,000 Barretts March 2-year-old (one furlong in 9 4/5 seconds, video)


SKERKIS (chestnut colt, Majesticperfection—Touch of Joy, by Crafty Prospector) is a half-brother to Sea the Joy, a sprinter who won the Prairie Gold Lassie at Prairie Meadows and Top Flight at Arlington Park as a 2-year-old and the Crank It Up on the turf at Monmouth Park as a 3-year-old. Three of five starters out of Touch of Joy have won, with Sea the Joy being the only juvenile winner. Skerkis’ second dam, Fairway Style, won a stakes at Fairmount Park.

Owner: Magdalena Racing and Sylly Horses Stable

Trainer: Kenneth McPeek

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales history: $48,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling


BLAME IT ON CHRIS (bay colt, Blame—Bayou Bride, by Orientate) is out of a placed half-sister to Prairie Bayou, who won the Grade 1 Preakness and four other stakes, and to Flitch, who won four graded stakes on the grass and was second in the Grade 2 Arkansas Derby on the dirt. Bayou Bride has produced two winners from three starters, including Cajun Wedding, who took a $20,000 maiden claiming race on June 5 at Belmont Park.

Owner: Chris Baccari

Trainer: Michael Mareina

Jockey:  Luis Saez