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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, 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)