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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 Saturday, October 26, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, October 26, 2013

Race 5, All 2-year-olds, One Mile, Dirt, 2:58 p.m.

TAP TO THE STREET (dark bay or brown colt, Street Cry—Tap to Music, by Pleasant Tap) is out of a mare who won the Grade 1 Gazelle, Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap, and Grade 3 Delaware Handicap. Tap to Music is a half-sister to three-time graded stakes winner Northern Afleet (won the Grade 2 San Fernando, Grade 2 San Carlos Handicap, and Grade 3 San Diego; finished third in the Grade 1 Malibu and Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap) and dual stakes winner Boss Soss. As a broodmare, Tap to Music has produced three winners from as many starters, including Bear’s Kid, who took the Grade 2 Summer on the turf as a juvenile.

Owner: Charles E. Fipke

Trainer: Nicholas Zito

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

GOODNEWSISNONEWS (chestnut colt, Giant’s Causeway—Queen Randi, by Fly So Free) is a half-brother to Fly Down, who won the Grade 2 Dwyer, finished second in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes and Grade 1 Travers, and was third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic and Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Fly Down later went to Saudi Arabia, where he captured two editions of the non-black-type Crown Prince Cup. Another half-sibling to Goodnewsisnonews, Seafree, won the Grade 2 La Cañada and was third in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita. Queen Randi, an unplaced half-sister to stakes winner/Grade 3-placed Prince Randi, has produced five winners from eight starters.

Owner: Repole Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $250,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

MONOPOLIST (bay colt, Giant’s Causeway—Empire West, by Empire Maker) is the first foal out of his dam, an unplaced half-sister to Forest Music, a sprinter who won the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap and the Grade 3 Miss Preakness and was third in the Grade 1 Prioress and Grade 1 Test. Empire West also is a half-sister to Shooter, who garnered the Grade 3 Sapling as a 2-year-old.

Owner: Starlight Racing

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $375,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, October 20, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, October 20, 2013

Race 2, 2-year-old Fillies, 5 ½ Furlongs, Dirt, 1:22 p.m.

SUMMERTIME FRIEND (bay filly, Sky Mesa—Carson City Babe, by Carson City) is out of a mare who won a minor stakes at Monmouth Park and a restricted stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack. Maizelle, a daughter of listed stakes winner Corona Lake, has only one other foal of racing age, Indyniable, who won a single race in six starts.

Owner: Mill House

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling; $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

HOUSE RULES (dark bay or brown filly, Distorted Humor—Teamgeist, by Mutakddim) is the first foal out of her dam, who in Argentina won five group stakes and placed in a pair of Group 1 events. In the United States, she was third in the Grade 1 Spinster over Keeneland’s Polytrack. Teamgeist is a half-sister to Argentine-bred Barbaro, a Group 3 winner in his native country.

Owner: Joseph V. Shields, Jr.

Trainer: H. Allen Jerkens

Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez

Sales history: $90,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, October 18, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, October 18, 2013

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, 5 ½ Furlongs, Dirt, 1:22 p.m.

MENDOCINO JOE (dark bay or brown colt, Malibu Moon—Right Place, by Petionville) is out of a winning full-sister to Runaway Model, who won the Grade 2 Alcibiades and Grade 2 Golden Rod as a 2-year-old. She also earned Grade 1 placings in the Ashland and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Mambo Train, a half-brother to Right Place, won the Turf Paradise Derby and placed in two graded stakes. Right Place, a daughter of listed stakes-winning 2-year-old Ticket to Houston, posted a maiden victory at Delaware Park. Her only other foal of racing age, Right Charlie, has won a single race in three starts.

Owner: Stonestreet Stables & Biagi Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $175,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling; $550,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 seconds, video)

 

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