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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 Sunday, October 27, 2013

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, October 27, 2013

Race 1, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 12:50 p.m.

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: Paco Lopez


Race 2, 2-year-old Fillies, One Mile, Dirt, 1:22 p.m.

FLEET OF GOLD (bay filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Fleet Indian, by Indian Charlie) is the fourth and final foal out of her dam, who won 13 of 19 starts, including the Grade 1 Beldame, Grade 1 Personal Ensign, and Grade 2 Delaware Handicap. Fleet Indian has produced one winner from two starters, with Fleeting Smile having garnered a pair of victories on the turf in England.

Owner: LNJ Foxwoods

Trainer: Anthony Dutrow

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $150,000 Keeneland September yearling


GOT LUCKY (dark bay or brown filly, A.P. Indy—Malka, by Deputy Minister) will become the second starter out of his dam, a winning half-sister to Accelerator, who won an off-the-turf edition of the Grade 3 Pilgrim as a 2-year-old and later placed in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial and Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap; Daydreaming, who captured the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap, Grade 3 Indiana Oaks, and Grade 3 Next Move Handicap and placed in the Grade 1 Spinaway and Grade 1 Gazelle; listed stakes winner Harborage, and Grade 1 Vosburgh and Grade 2 Jerome Handicap victor Girolamo. Malka also is a half-sister to Supercharger, the dam of Grade 1 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver. Her only foal to race, a full-sister to Got Lucky named Powerful, is unplaced in two starts.

Owner: Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings & Philip J. Steinberg

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Junior Alvarado


MISS BESILU (dark bay or brown filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Quiet Dance, by Quiet American) is a half-sister to 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam, whose accomplishments that year included Grade 1 wins in the Donn Handicap, Stephen Foster Handicap, Woodward, and Breeders’ Cup Classic. Saint Liam was just one of four stakes winners of Quiet Dance. Congressionalhonor won the Grade 3 Bay Meadows Derby on the turf, Quiet Giant took the Grade 2 Molly Pitcher and four other stakes, and Dance Quietly captured a stakes over the inner track at Aqueduct. All nine starters out of Quiet Dance have won. Quiet Dance herself won a restricted stakes at Pimlico and was second in the Grade 2 Demoiselle.

Owner: Besilu Stables

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

Sales history: $2.6 million Keeneland November weanling


Race 3, All 2-year-olds, Six Furlongs, 1:54 p.m.

UNKNOWN ROAD (dark bay or brown colt, Bernardini—Banshee Winds, by Known Fact) is a half-brother to Banshee Breeze, who won five Grade 1 races (Coaching Club American Oaks, Alabama, Spinster, Apple Blossom Handicap, Go for Wand Handicap) and placed twice in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Kentucky Oaks. She was voted Champion Three-Year-Old Filly for 1998. Unknown Road also is a half-brother to restricted stakes winner Unbridled Wind. Banshee Winds has produced eight winners from 12 starters.  

Owner: Dennis Narlinger

Trainer: Michael Hushion

Jockey: Jose Ortiz


SURFING U S A (dark bay or brown colt, Roman Ruler—Cape Hope, by Cape Town) is out of a turf runner who won a pair of stakes at Gulfstream Park, including the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride. Cape Hope has produced one winner from two starters, with A McCoughtry having won a maiden special weight at Belmont in six total starts.

Owner: Stonestreet Stables

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $150,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling


Race 5, 2-year-old Fillies, Six Furlongs, Turf, 2:58 p.m.

CATERWAUL (dark bay or brown filly, Street Cry—Thunder Kitten, by Storm Cat) is a half-sister to Michita, who won the Group 2 Ribblesdale in England and placed in that country’s Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks and France’s Group 1 Prix Vermeille; and Willing Foe, an English listed stakes winner who placed in group events in England and France. Their dam won the Grade 3 Honey Bee on the dirt and was third in the Grade 3 Boiling Springs on the turf and is a half-sister to Nobo True, who took six black-type events in Japan. Eight of nine starters out of Thunder Kitten have won.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.


GUARD THE LINES (dark bay or brown filly, War Front—Database, by Known Fact) is a full-brother to Data Link, who won the Grade 1 Maker’s 46 Mile, Grade 2 Monmouth, Grade 2 Citation Handicap, and Grade 3 Canadian Turf. Their dam won a minor stakes on the dirt at Delaware Park and is a full-sister to Vespers, who captured restricted stakes on the turf (at Aqueduct Racetrack) and on the dirt (at Calder Race Course). 

Owner: Stuart S. Janney III

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Manuel Franco


Race 7, 2-year-old Fillies, 1 1/16 miles, Turf, 4:02 p.m.

RANGER’S GIRL (gray/roan filly, U S Ranger—Concolour, by Our Native) is a half-sister to Evening Attire, who won 11 stakes and nine graded events, including the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Evening Attire is the only black-type winner out of Concolour, who has produced 12 winners from 13 starters, three on the grass. Concolour’s sole win came in a sprint on the dirt in a maiden claimer at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Owner: Joseph M. & Mary Grant & the Estate of Thomas J. Kelly

Trainer: Patrick Kelly

Jockey: Michael Luzzi