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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, September 19, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, September 19, 2013

Special New York-bred edition for the $539,765 Pick 6 carryover

Race 8, New York-bred 2-year-old Fillies, One Mile, Turf, 4:47 p.m.

CHARMING EYES (bay filly, Midas Eyes—Charming Mandate, by Full Mandate) is the first foal out of her dam, who won seven of 22 starts. She was unplaced in her lone start on the turf. A half-sister to Charming Mandate, Amazing Anna, won three of 30 starts and was unplaced in three turf tries.

Owner: Joseph Aquilino & Landmark Stable

Trainer: Joseph Aquilino

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

 

BURNDOWNTHETOWN (dark bay or brown filly, City Zip—Riotous Miss, by Brief Ruckus) is a full-sister to Gitchee Goomie, who won the Grade 3 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap and four other turf stakes, and was third in the Grade 1 Garden City. Their dam, who on the grass won 13 races and was second in a restricted stakes at Calder, has produced three winners (all turf winners) from five total starters.

Owner: Barry R. Ostranger

Trainer: Linda Rice

Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez

 

TAKEOFF YOUR HAT (gray/roan filly, Cosmonaut—Serene Ditty, by Unbridled’s Song) is out of a mare who won a single race on the dirt. Serene Ditty is a half-sister to English Group 2 winner Mutaahab; Covering Ground, who captured a restricted stakes on the turf at Colonial Downs; and Courtly Jazz, who took the Ralph M. Hinds on the dirt at Fairplex and placed in a pair of turf stakes. Serene Ditty has produced two winners (both on turf) from five starters.

Owner: Thomas Moran

Trainer: Philip Serpe

Jockey: Luis Saez

 

Forbes Firsters for Sunday, September 15, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, September 15, 2013

Race 1, 2-year-old Fillies, Six Furlongs, Dirt, 1:05 p.m.

LEXI MORGAN (dark bay or brown filly, Arch—Strike the Sky, by Smart Strike) is full-sister to Lauren Byrd, who was second in the Jessamine on the turf as a 2-year-old, and a full-sister to Hudson Steele, who has won six turf stakes, including the Grade 2 Dixie. All five foals out of Strike the Sky to race have won, three on the dirt.

Owner: R R Partners

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

PENWITH (bay filly, Bernardini—Composure, by Touch Gold) is out of a mare who won the Grade 2 Oak Leaf and was second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet as a 2-year-old before going on to win the Grade 1 Las Virgenes and Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks at 3. Composure, a full-sister to Grade 3 West Virginia Derby winner Ready Set, has produced Grade 1 stakes-placed runners Tranquil Manner (third in the Woodward) and Centring (third in the Ogden Phipps Handicap and Personal Ensign Invitational Handicap). Tranquil Manner and Centring are by A.P. Indy, the sire of Bernardini. Four of Composure’s seven starters have won.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

EUPHROSYNE (bay filly, Harlan’s Holiday—Three Graces, by Doneraile Court) is the first foal out of her dam, who won a minor turf stakes at one mile on the turf at Canterbury Park. Three Graces is a half-sister to seven-time stakes winning sprinter Private Horde, whose biggest victory came in the Grade 2 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap.

Owner: Eddie Kenneally & Tom Berry

Trainer: Eddie Kenneally

Jockey: Joe Bravo

 

PRINCESS TUMI (bay filly, Flatter—Are You Kidding, by Demaloot Demashoot) is a half-sister to Whatsitgonnatake, who won a stakes at Prairie Meadows as a 2-year-old (dirt) and a restricted stakes at Indiana Downs as a 3-year-old (turf), and Hurry Home Warren, who captured the Harry Henson Stakes, a turf sprint, at Hollywood Park as a sophomore. All six foals out of Are You Kidding to race have won.

Owner: Santa Rosa Racing Stables

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Sales history: $50,000 Keeneland January yearling; $80,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, September 13, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, September 13, 2013

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 1:36 p.m.

HIGH HEEL KITTEN (bay filly, Kitten’s Joy—High Chant, by War Chant) is a full-sister to Csaba, who has won the Grade 3 Fred W. Hooper Handicap and Grade 3 Hal’s Hope on the dirt. Csaba is winless in three turf starts. All three foals out of High Chant to race have won, with one having prevailed on the turf. High Chant won three races herself, two on the dirt and one on the turf.

Owner: Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

MARIE ANTOINETTE (dark bay or brown filly, Stormy Atlantic—Parisian Affair, by Mr. Greeley) is out of a mare who won a minor stakes at the Meadowlands on the grass. Parisian Affair is a half-sister to Elusive City, who captured France’s Group 1 Prix Morny for 2-year-olds, and has produced Crimson China, who took a minor turf stakes at Monmouth Park.

Owner: Michael Ryan

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $160,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

TIZ A DYNAFORMER (gray/roan filly, Dynaformer—Lauren’s Tizzy, by Tiznow) is out of a mare who won a stakes at Saratoga for New York-breds. Lauren’s Tizzy, winless in two turf starts, has produced one other horse of racing age, Celebrated Talent, who broke his maiden in a sprint on the dirt in August at Saratoga. Tiz a Dynaformer’s second dam, won a minor stakes going two turns on the turf and a minor stakes in a sprint on the dirt. Both stakes wins came at Calder.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Sales history: $230,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 1:36 p.m.

REQUEST (dark bay or brown colt, Dynaformer—Shades of Grace) is out of a placed half-sister to Fortitude, who won the Grade 3 Belmont Breeders’ Cup Handicap on the turf. Shades of Grace has produced one winner from four starters. That runner, Blue Right By, won five races on the dirt and was unplaced in his lone turf try.

Owner: Paul P. Pompa, Jr.

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $400,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

SOCIAL AFFAIR (bay colt, Giant’s Causeway—Dancinginmydreams, by Seeking the Gold) is a half-brother to Dancing Forever, victorious in the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap and third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf. Their dam was second in the Grade 1 Matron as a 2-year-old and is a full-sister to Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Heavenly Prize (Grade 1 wins: Frizette, Alabama, Gazelle, Beldame, Apple Blossom, Hempstead Handicap, Go for Wand, John A. Morris) and Grade 1 Matron heroine Oh What a Windfall.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III

Jockey: Luis Saez

 

JOHNNY FOOTBALL (bay colt, Colonel John—Sweet November, by Storm Cat) is out of an unplaced half-sister to Grade 1 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash victor Richter Scale and Outperformance, who took the Grade 3 Hill Prince on the turf. Sweet November has produced three winners (one on the turf) from four starters.

Owner: Casner Racing

Trainer: Eoin Harty

Jockey: Edgar Prado

Sales history: $110,000 Keeneland November weanling

 

SHADOW BANKING (dark bay or brown colt, Harlan’s Holiday—Rietondale, by Dynaformer) is out of an unraced full-sister to Dynaforce, who won the Grade 1 Beverly D. and Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational and annexed a listed stakes in France. Rietondale also is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Cetewayo (Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap, Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap), Grade 2 winner Bowman Mill (Grade 2 Sky Classic, also was second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Cup) and minor stakes winner Ntombi. All three foals out of Rietdonale to race have won on the grass, including multiple stakes-placed Profiteroles and Stormy Len, recently second in the Grade 1 Secretariat.

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling; $250,000 Barretts March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)