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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, September 21, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, September 21, 2013

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, Six Furlongs, Dirt, 1:36 p.m.

MANHATTAN JOHNNIE (dark bay or brown colt, Roman Ruler—Fancy Deed, by Alydeed) is out of an unraced half-sister to Champion Sprinter and two-time Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Midnight Lute, multiple graded stakes-placed sprinter Captain Cherokee, and stakes-placed runner Tusculum Road. Fancy Deed has produced one winner from two starters.

Owner: Joseph Bucci

Trainer: Eddie Kenneally

Jockey: David Cohen

Sales history: $150,000 Keeneland September yearling; $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

 

WICKED STRONG (bay colt, Hard Spun—Moyne Abbey, by Charismatic) is out of a winning half-sister to Gulch Approval, who on the grass won the Grade 3 Appleton Handicap and Grade 3 Oceanport Handicap and was third in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile, and Approval Rating, who won a listed stakes over the all-weather surface at Woodbine and placed in three graded stakes. Moyne Abbey’s lone foal to race, Abbey Street, has a single turf win in nine starts.

Owner: Centennial Farms

Trainer: James Jerkens

Jockey: Alex Solis

Sales history: $375,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

ROUND (bay colt, Arch—Enth, by Seeking the Gold) is out of a winning half-sister to Total, who at the Fair Grounds won a listed stakes and was second in the Grade 3 Silverbulletday, and Cease, who has won the listed Maxxam Gold Cup at Sam Houston and finished third in the Grade 1 Woodward. Round’s second dam, Limit, won the listed Busanda at Aqueduct and is a half-sister to Archipenko, who captured the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong. Enth’s lone starter, Apex, has a single win in seven starts.

Owner: Claiborne Farm

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

AWAY GAME (bay colt, Lemon Drop Kid—Tasha’s Delight, by Afternoon Deelites) is a full-brother to Wilkinson, who has won the Grade 3 LeComte on the dirt and the Grade 2 American Handicap on the turf. Tasha’s Delight won two races and was stakes placed on the dirt and was Grade 3 placed on the turf. Tasha’s Delight is a full-sister to Grade 2 Golden Rod winner Miss Pickums.

Owner: Ralph M. Evans

Trainer: Richard Violette, Jr.

Jockey: Michael Luzzi

Sales history: $10,000 Keeneland September yearling, $75,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 4/5 seconds, video)

 

Race 6, All 2-year-olds, One Mile, Turf, 3:41 p.m.

TEXAS ZIP (chestnut colt, City Zip—Head for Home, by Whiskey Wisdom) is out of a winning half-sister to Mousse Au Chocolat, who in France won a listed stakes and placed in a pair of group stakes, and Bala, who was third in the Grade 3 Natalma on the turf. Bala later produced multiple graded stakes-winning turfer Bay to Bay. Head for Home has produced three winners from as many starters, none on the grass.

Owner: Lake Lonely Racing

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Angel Arroyo

Sales history: $170,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

GREAT MINDS (dark bay or brown colt, Stroll—Staff Nurse, by Arch) is out of a two-time winner in France who is a half-sister to Love Medicine, who won a minor sprint stakes on the dirt at Monmouth Park; Hot Lear, who at Bay Meadows won three minor stakes on the dirt and was second in a minor turf stakes; and Intern, who captured stakes on the dirt and the turf at Arlington Park. All three foals out of Staff Nurse to race have won, including two on the turf.

Owner: Vince Wilfork

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

NOWHERE TO RUN (dark bay or brown colt, Kitten’s Joy—Winner’s Edge, by Seeking the Gold) is a half-brother to Return to Paradise, who captured a minor stakes on the turf at Arlington Park, and Coya, who took a minor stakes on the dirt at Charles Town. Return to Paradise is by El Prado, the sire of Kitten’s Joy. Nowhere to Run’s dam was second in the Grade 3 Affectionately Handicap on the grass and is a half-sister to Lucky Song, an English high-weighted filly who won a Group 2 stakes, and Pollock’s Luck, who won the Grade 3 Ascot Handicap over the spinach. 

Owner: Anstu Stables

Trainer: Michael Dilger

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $70,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

REQUEST (dark bay or brown colt, Dynaformer—Shades of Grace, by Seeking the Gold) is out of a placed half-sister to Fortitude, who won the Grade 3 Belmont Breeders’ Cup Handicap on the grass. Shades of Grace has produced one winner from four starters, and that horse, Blue Right By, was unplaced in his lone turf start. Request’s third dam is Outstanding, who won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet en route to being named Champion Two-Year-Old Filly.

Owner: Paul J. Pompa, Jr.

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $400,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

STREET GENT (bay colt, Street Sense—Gen Corp Purposes, by Beau Genius) is a half-brother to Beau Dare, who on the dirt won the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies (route) and Correction Handicap (sprint) and on the turf won the Candy Éclair and Klassy Briefcase (both sprints). Street Gent also is a half-brother to Turfiste, who over a synthetic track has won the Hansel and finished third in the Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Turf and on the grass has won the Black Gold and finished third in the Grade 3 American Turf. Gen Corp Purposes is a winning full-sister to Gentlemen Beau, who took the Grade 3 Belmont Breeders’ Cup Handicap on the turf.

Owner: Treadway Racing Stable

Trainer: Leah Gyarmati

Jockey: Alex Solis

Sales history: $80,000 Keeneland September yearling