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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, SEPTEMBER 30

Jon Forbes

RACE 1, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, ONE MILE, TURF, 12:50 P.M.

 

MARY BERNICE (bay filly, Bernardini—Coronation Cup, by Chief’s Crown) is out of a mare who the Grade 3 Nijani on the turf. Six half-siblings to Coronation Cup won stakes, including turf winners Hero’s Honor (Grade 1 Bowling Green Handicap), Wild Applause (Grade 2 Diana Handicap), and Glowing Honor (Grade 2 Diana Handicap). Another half-sibling, Sea Hero, took the Grade 1 Champagne, Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, and Grade 1 Travers. In addition to Mary Bernice, Coronation Cup has produced 10 foals of racing age, with three winners from four starters.

Owner: Ben P. Walden, Jr. & Larry Taylor
Trainer: Angel Penna, Jr.
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
Sales history: $30,000 Keeneland November weanling

 

MYPERFECTVALENTINE (chestnut filly, Curlin—Netherland, by Roy) is out of a mare who was named Argentina’s Champion Three-Year-Old Filly after winning the Group 1 Gran Premio Seleccion (Argentine Oaks) and finishing second in the Group 1 Gran Premio Nacional (Argentine Derby) and Polla de Portrancas (Argentine 1000 Guineas). She has produced two winners from three starters, including Full Snow Moon, who placed in a listed stakes in France as a 2-year-old.

Owner: Lady Sheila Stable
Trainer: Kenneth McPeek
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $125,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

RACE 3, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, SEVEN FURLONGS, DIRT, 1:54 P.M.

 

DISSENSION (dark bay or brown filly, With Distinction—Sweetbabe, by Formal Dinner) is a half-sister to Sweet Repent, who won six stakes, including the Grade 3 Stage Door Betty Handicap. All five foals to race out of Sweetbabe, who captured four races, are winners.

Owner: Paul J. Pompa, Jr.
Trainer: Patrick Reynolds
Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

BRILLIANT LAKE (bay filly, A.P. Indy—Sapphire n’ Silk, by Pleasant Tap) is a full-sister to Grade 2 Kentucky Cup Classic winner Shaniko and a half-sister to three-time turf stakes heroine Silky Smooth. Their dam won a pair of graded sprints, the Grade 2 Prioress and Grade 3 La Troienne, and is a half-sister to Grade 3 Affirmed Handicap victor Golden Itiz. A half-sister to Sapphire n’ Silk, Silk n’ Sapphire, produced Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Shared Account.

Owner: Flag Lake II Stable
Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $400,000 Keeneland September yearling