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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 THURSDAY, MAY 31

Jon Forbes

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

 

FULLY LIVING (2yo bay filly, Unbridled’s Song—Half A. P., by Pulpit) is the second foal and first to race out of her dam, who was third in a Keeneland maiden special weight for 2-year-olds in her lone career start. Half A. P. is a half-sister to Halfbridled, named Champion Two-Year-Old filly for 2003 after winning the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante, Grade 2 Oak Leaf, and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Owner: Spendthrift Farm
Trainer: Kenneth McPeek
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik
Sales history: $425,000 Keeneland September yearling
 

CAN’T EXPLAIN (2yo chestnut filly, Not For Love—I Ain’t P T, by A.P. Indy), out of an unplaced mare, is a full-sister to Together Indy, winner of the 2010 Grade 2 Commonwealth at Keeneland. Their second dam, I Ain’t Bluffing, earned Grade 1 wins in the Milady Handicap and La Brea and produced Acting Happy, victorious in the 2010 Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan and third in that year’s Grade 1 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks and Grade 1 Alabama.

Owner: Bortolazzo Stable, LLC
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $150,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)