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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 9

Jon Forbes

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

 

WATRUGONNADOROSIE (dark bay/brown filly, Curlin—Tears I Cry, by Chester House) is the first foal out of her dam, who won a minor stakes and was Grade 3 placed on turf at Lone Star Park. Tears I Cry, a full-sister to stakes-placed Anna Dana, is a granddaughter of Helen Street, who won the Group 1 Irish Oaks before going on to produce Group 1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry and stakes-placed Helsinki, the dam of European Champion Two-Year-Old Colt and Group 1 Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) victor Shamardal. Watrugonnadorosie was the most expensive of 41 yearlings by her sire to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: St Elias Stable
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $700,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

POW WOW WOW (bay filly, Indian Charlie—Elusive Bird, by Elusive Quality) is the first foal out her dam, an unraced daughter of Bird Town, who was named Champion Three-Year-Old Filly after winning the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and Grade 1 Acorn. Bird Town is a half-sister to Grade 1 Belmont Stakes and Grade 1 Champagne winner Birdstone.

Owner: Marylou Whitney Stables LLC
Trainer: Nicholas Zito
Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

SQUEAL (bay filly, Tiznow—Yell, by A.P. Indy) is out of a mare who won the Grade 2 Davona Dale and Grade 3 Raven Run and placed in the Grade 1 Mother Goose and Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. Yell is a half-sister to Grade 1 Futurity victor Eastern Echo, Grade 2 Jim Beam hero Roar, and Grade 3 Toboggan Handicap winner Blare of Trumpets. All four of Yell’s previous foals have won.

Owner: Adele Dilschneider & Claiborne Farm
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

RACE 7, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, SEVEN FURLONGS, 4:02 P.M.

 

OL DONYO (chestnut filly, Curlin—Royal Tigress, by Storm Cat) is out of a mare who won a listed stakes in Ireland. Royal Tigress is a full-sister to Group 3-placed Thunderous Mood and a half-sister to English Group 3 winner/French Group 1 placed Warm Heart and English listed stakes winner Miguel Cervantes. She has two other foals of racing age, with one, Royal Affection, having won three races on dirt. Ol Donyo is the second most expensive of 11 juveniles by her sire to sell at auction 2012.

Owner: Newtown Anner Stud
Trainer: John Terranova, II
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales history: $60,000 Keeneland November weanling; $195,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

 

FLY AGAIN (bay filly, Fusaichi Pegasus—Encore, by Storm Cat) is out of a winning full-sister to Great War Eagle, who in Ireland was a listed winner and was Group 3 placed. Encore and Great War Eagle are out of Cash Run, victorious in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. All three of Encore’s foals to race have won, none on turf.

Owner: Windmill Manor Farm
Trainer: Eddie Kenneally
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $50,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

ROCKET MAKER (bay filly, Empire Maker—Trip, by Lord At War) is out of a mare who won the Grade 3 Turfway Breeders’ Cup twice and Grade 3 Chicago Breeders’ Cup Handicap once. On turf, Trip won a single race, an allowance event, and was Grade 3 placed. Trip is out of stakes winner Tour and is a half-sister to stakes winners Laity and Joke, with the latter being the dam of three-time Grade 1-winning sprinter Zensational. All three of Trip’s foals to race have won, including Passport, who like Laity won the Cradle at River Downs as a 2-year-old. Two have won on turf. Rocket Maker is the most expensive of seven juveniles by her sire to sell at auction this year.

Owner: Frank Fletcher Racing Operations Inc
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Sales history: $485,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)