Saturday, August 30, 2014
Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 31, 2014
Race 7, 2-year-old fillies, seven furlongs, dirt, 4:11 p.m.
LADY SERENA (bay filly, Bernardini—Serena’s Cat, by Storm Cat) is the third foal from her dam. Serena’s Cats first two foals both debuted as winners here at Saratoga before going on to become graded stakes winners. The first, Noble Tune for the same connections at 2 took the Grade 3 Pilgrim and at 3 garnered the Grade 2 American Turf, both grass races. The second, was second in the Grade 1 Champagne before taking the Grade 2 Remsen on dirt. Serena’s Cat was a stakes winner sprinting on turf and is a half-sister to a multiple group stakes winner in Ireland. Lady Serena’s third dam, Serena’s Song, earned her way into the Hall of Fame with 11 Grade 1 wins on the dirt. Serena’s Song also has been successful as a broodmare, producing Sophisticat, who won the Group 1 Coronation in England; Grand Reward, who took the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap on the dirt and placed in four group stakes in England and Ireland; Harlington, who won the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap; Schramsberg, winner of the Grade 3 John B. Connally Turf Cup Handicap; and three-time stakes winner Serena’s Tune.
Owner: Dell Ridge Farm
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
ETIQUETTE (chestnut filly, Tapit—Archduchess, by Pleasant Tap) is the fifth foal from her unraced dam, who has produced two starters. Both are winners, including graded stakes winner Pleasant Prince. Pleasant Prince broke his maiden at 2 when stretched out to a mile for the first time. He would go on to take the Grade 3 Ohio Derby, Oklahoma Derby, and Pot O’Luck Stakes in addition to a runner-up effort in the Grade 1 Florida Derby. Like Etiquette, Pleasant Prince descends from the A.P. Indy line. Archduchess is a half-sister to a trio of stakes winners, including multiple graded stakes winner Mark One and Grade 2 winner Rookie Sensation. Both have found their success routing, one on dirt and one on turf.
Owner: Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds
Trainer: James Jerkens
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
KIBBLE (bay filly, Flatter—Spring Mambo, by Kingmambo) is the second foal from her winning dam, a daughter of the outstanding sprinter Chaposa Springs. Chaposa Springs won 14 times in 23 starts, earning more than $750,000. Her biggest victories came right here at Saratoga, where she won the Grade 1 Test and Grade 1 Ballerina. She was also a stakes winner at 2. Chaposa Springs’ half-brother, You And I, was a graded stakes winning juvenile who went on to win the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at 3 and Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap at 4. A half-sister to Spring Mambo, Well Spring, is the dam of Mendip, a multiple group stakes winner in Dubai.
Owner: Shortleaf Stable
Trainer: James Jerkens
Jockey: Dylan Davis
FAIR POINT (bay filly, Smart Strike—Fair Rose, by Harlan’s Holiday) is out of a winning half-sister to Grade 3 Providencia winner Super Freaky. Super Freaky – who also placed in multiple graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks – found most of her success over middle distances on grass. Fair Rose is the dam of one foal to race, who has not won. Fair Point’s third dam, Bonnie’s Poker, produced dual Classic and Dubai World Cup winner Silver Charm, a member of the Hall of Fame.
Owner: Stuart Janney III
Trainer: Claude McGaughey III
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Sales history: $310,000 Keeneland September yearling
UNBRIDLED SONYA (gray/roan filly, Unbridled’s Song—Barynya, by Broad Brush) is the fourth foal from her dam, who has one winner from two starters. Barynya is a half-sister to three stakes horses, most notably Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Volponi. Versatile Volponi was a graded stakes winner on dirt and turf from ages 2-4, and was multiple graded stakes placed at 5. Barynya also is a half to multiple graded stakes placed Fickle Friends.
Owner: All American Horses LLC
Trainer: David Cannizzo
Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan
Sales history: $50,000 Keeneland September yearling
FORBES’ FIRSTERS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible for Forbes’ Firsters, a first-time starter running in a non-statebred race must meet at least one of the following criteria:
* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare
* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner
* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare
* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner
* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000
* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000
* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner
* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner
* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction
Forbes’ Firsters is a collaboration between Jon Forbes and Susie Raisher.