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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 Thursday, July 10, 2014

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, July 10, 2014

Race 1, 2-year-old fillies, six furlongs, turf, 1:20 p.m.

ESKENFORMONEY (dark bay or brown filly, Eskendereya—But for Money, by Not For Love) is slated to become the first starter out of her dam, whose sole win came in a maiden special weight on the dirt at Philadelphia Park. But for Money is a half-sister to Somethinaboutbetty, who won restricted stakes on the dirt at Laurel Park, Aqueduct Racetrack, Pimlico, and Timonium and was second in the Grade 3 Lake George on the turf; and Petunia, who captured turf stakes at Colonial Downs and Delaware Park and placed in the Grade 3 Boiling Springs on the grass and Grade 3 Selima on the dirt.

Owner: StarLadies Racing

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $225,000 Keeneland September yearling


COOL COMFORT (chestnut filly, Big Brown—Singing Sensation, by Coronado’s Quest) is out of a mare who made three starts, winning one race, a maiden special weight on Polytrack at Woodbine. Singing Sensation, a half-sister to Grade 2 Fantasy winner Ruby’s Reception, has produced two winners from as many starters: Earth Zeus, who has won a pair of dirt races in Japan, and Red October, whose lone victory to date has come in a maiden claimer on the dirt at Laurel.

Owner: Ten Broeck Farm Inc.

Trainer: Wesley Ward

Jockey: Abel Lezcano

Sales history: $60,000 Keeneland September yearling; $115,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 seconds, video)


ISABELLA SINGS (chestnut filly, Eskendereya—Isobel Baillie, by Lomitas) is a half-sister to Alaura Michele, who has won a pair of turf stakes at Saratoga: the P.G. Johnson as a 2-year-old and the restricted Nani Rose as a 3-year-old. On Tuesday, Alaura Michele was third in the Grade 3 James Penny Memorial Handicap. Including Alaura Michele, two of three starters out of Isobel Baillie have won, both on the grass. Isobel Baillie herself was stakes placed in France.

Owner: Siena Farm LLC

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Joel Rosario


Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, July 3, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, July 3, 2014

Race 4, 2-year-old fillies, six furlongs, 2:53 p.m.

CAVORTING (bay filly, Bernardini—Promenade Girl, by Carson City) looks to become the second winner from three starters out of her dam, who won five stakes, including the Grade 2 Molly Pitcher. Promenade Girl, who also finished third in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap and Grade 1 Spinster, is a half-sister to restricted stakes winner Dattts Awesome.

Owner: Stonestreet Stables

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $360,000 Keeneland November weanling


Forbes’ Firsters for Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, five furlongs, 2:22 p.m.

DINNER TIME (chestnut colt, Montbrook—Potluck Dinner, by Pentelicus) is a half-brother to Gourmet Dinner, who has won four stakes, including the 2010 Grade 3 Delta Downs Jackpot. Another half-sibling, the filly Gaston A., won a minor stakes at Calder Race Course. Their dam, who was unplaced in her lone start, has produced six winners from seven starters and is a half-sister to five-time stakes-winning sprinter Sea of Green and to Lady Gin, who captured three stakes, including the Bassinet at River Downs as a juvenile.

Owner: Our Sugar Bear Stable

Trainer: Bruce Brown

Jockey: Dylan Davis

Sales history: $75,000 OBS March 2-year-old (two furlongs in 22 2/5 seconds, video)


CAT FIFTYFIVE (gray/roan colt, Tale of the Cat—Chemise, by Secret Hello) is a half-brother to three stakes winners in Maryland: Coquettish, who won the restricted Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship; Miss Lombardi, victorious in the restricted Maryland Million Ladies; and Dress Gray, who took the open Smart Halo. Nine of Chemise’s 10 starters have won.

Owner: Matthew Schera

Trainer: James Lawrence II

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

Sales history: $185,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling


MACHINATION (bay colt, Yes It’s True—Sala de Oro, by Expelled) is a full-brother to Truth and Justice, who as a 2-year-old filly won the My Trusty Cat at Delta Downs, Sorority at Monmouth Park, and Presque Isle Debutante. A half-sister, Mr. Hall’s Opus, was second in last year’s Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks. Their dam won the Barbara Shinpoch at Emerald Downs as a juvenile and is a half-sister to multiple stakes winners Hall of Gold and No Turbulence. All eight of Sala de Oro’s starters have won.

Owner: George & Lori Hall

Trainer: Kelly Breen

Jockey: Joel Rosario


I SPENT IT (bay colt, Super Saver—Rateeba, by Sky Mesa) is the third foal out of his dam, whose lone previous starter was winless in five starts. Rateeba won a single race, a maiden event at Evangeline Downs, in 10 starts and is a half-sister to Cocky, who was second in the Grade 2 San Rafael; Eishin Le Mars, who placed in a pair of stakes in Japan; and Pert Lady, who produced multiple graded stakes-winning sprinter Zavata.

Owner: Alex & JoAnn Lieblong

Trainer: Anthony Dutrow

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $65,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling; $600,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 9 4/5 seconds, video)


BATTLE RED (chestnut colt, Kitten’s Joy—Talking Treasure, by Catienus) is out of a dam who won five stakes for New York-breds: the Bouwerie, the Lady d’Accord, the New York Oaks, the Saratoga Dew, and the Fleet Indian. She has no winners from two previous starters.

Owner: Jake Ballis & Rashard Lewis

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $125,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling; $270,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 9 3/5 seconds, video)


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