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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 1

Jon Forbes

RACE 4, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, FIVE FURLONGS, DIRT, 2:26 P.M.

 

PARNELLI (2yo bay colt, Bernardini—Ensenada, by Seeking the Gold) is out of a stakes-placed half-sister to Grade 2 Beaumont winner Sahara Gold, the dam of Saturday’s Grade 2 Sands Point winner Better Lucky. Casino Host, a half-brother to Parnelli, was third in last year’s Grade 2 Virginia Derby, which like the Sands Point was contested on turf. Ensenada and Sahara Gold are daughters of Desert Stormer, who posted a 14-1 upset as part of a field entry in the 1995 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Ramon Dominguez

Sales history: $300,000 Keeneland September yearling