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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 SATURDAY, AUGUST 11

Jon Forbes

RACE 2, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, 1 1/16 MILES, TURF, 1:34 P.M.

 

SCHOODIC (2yo bay colt, Tiznow—Aunt Henny, by Hennessy) is the second foal to race out of his dam, who won the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride and listed Virginia Oaks on turf. Aunt Henny is a half-sister to three stakes-placed runners.

Owner: Edith R. Dixon
Trainer: Michael Matz
Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

CHUCKLE (2yo bay colt, Distorted Humor—Wend, by Pulpit) is out of a turf mare who won four graded stakes, topped by the Grade 2 New York Handicap. Wend has one other named foal, Buleria, who won a turf sprint for maidens this March at Gulfstream Park. Chuckle’s second dam, Thread, captured a pair of listed stakes on grass.

Owner: Claiborne Farm
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

RACE 6, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, SIX FURLONGS, DIRT, 3:51 P.M.

 

OVERWHELMING (2yo bay colt, Hard Spun—Oh What a Windfall, by Seeking the Gold) is out of a mare who won the Grade 1 Matron as a juvenile and captured the Grade 3 Nassau County and was second in the Grade 1 Mother Goose as a sophomore. Heavenly Prize, a full-sister to Oh What a Windfall, was the 1994 Champion Three-Year-Old filly and won seven Grade 1 races between the ages of 2 and 4. Oh What a Windfall has produced two black-type earners: Pick Six, second in the Grade 2 Mervyn Muniz, Jr. Handicap on turf, and Conservative, second in the Grade 2 Lexington on Polytrack.

Owner: Phipps Stable
Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III
Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

RUGGED (2yo bay colt, Distorted Humor—Composure, by Touch Gold) is out of a mare won the Grade 2 Oak Leaf and was a close second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at 2 and won the Grade 1 Las Virgenes and Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks at 3.  Composure has produced three winners from six foals to race, including Tranquil Manner, who was a distant third in the Grade 1 Woodward.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

ARCHWARRIOR (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Arch—Winner’s Edge, by Seeking the Gold) is a half-brother to minor stakes winners Coya and Return to Paradise, with the latter having placed in a pair of black-type events as a juvenile. Their dam was effective on both dirt and turf, was second in the Grade 3 Affectionately on dirt, and is a half-sister to Lucky Song, a Group 2 winner in England who was the highweighted 3-year-old filly in Europe at 14 furlongs and longer. Archwarrior is the most expensive of six 2-year-olds by his sire to sell at auction this year.

Owner: Alto Racing, LLC
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $75,000 Keeneland November weanling; $375,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

AIR SQUADRON (2yo chestnut colt, Curlin—Air France, by French Deputy) is a half-brother to Smooth Air, who won four graded stakes, including the Grade 2 Ohio Derby and the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap, and was second in the Grade 1 Florida Derby and Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap; and Overdriven, winner of last year’s Grade 2 Sanford. All five of his siblings are winners.

Owner: Mount Joy Stables, Inc.
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 9

Jon Forbes

RACE 3, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, FIVE FURLONGS, DIRT, 2:08 P.M.

 

ROYAL ART (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Afleet Alex—Prall Street, by Cherokee Run) is a half-brother to Rattlesnake Bridge, who last year won the listed Long Branch and was second in the Grade 1 Travers. Another half-brother, Inflation Target, is a sprinter who has won a maiden special weight at Aqueduct Racetrack and an optional claiming race at Belmont Park. Prall Street herself won at the maiden special weight and allowance level at Aqueduct. Royal Art was the most expensive of 54 yearlings by his sire to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: Robert C. Baker & William L. Mack
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $410,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

OVERANALYZE (2yo bay colt, Dixie Union—Unacloud, by Unaccounted For) is half-sister to Meadow Breeze, who won the Grade 1 Matron for 2-year-old fillies, and Mighty Monsoon, who was third in last year’s Grade 2 Bet Pal for 2-year-olds but is now competing in claiming races. Their dam is an unraced half-sister to Ilusoria, who was third in the Grade 1 Matron before going on to produce Peak Maria’s Way, who won four minor stakes and was Grade 3 placed. Overanalyze was the second most expensive of 56 yearlings by his sire to sell at auction 2011.

Owner: Repole Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $380,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

HIGH FIVE AGAIN (2yo bay colt, by Awesome of Course—Precious Feather, by Gone West) is a full-brother to 2010 Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Awesome Feather, who is unbeaten in 10 starts and owns Grade 1 wins in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and Gazelle. All five of Precious Feather’s foals of racing age are winners, including stakes-placed sprinter Brooks ‘n Down. Precious Feather herself won minor stakes at Calder both sprinting and routing and was second in the Grade 3 Azalea going short and the Grade 2 Turfway Breeders’ Cup going long.

Owner: Fred Brei
Trainer: Nicholas Zito
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez

 

NEVADA (2yo bay colt, Tapit—Ominous Cat, by Storm Cat) is the first foal out of his unraced dam and is a grandson of Fleet Renee, heroine of the Grade 1 Ashland and Grade 1 Mother Goose. Fleet Renee was a full-sister to stakes winner Alzora and a half-sister to Grade 2 Del Mar Futurity and Grade 2 Norfolk victor Future Quest.

Owner: Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik
Sales history: $375,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

RACE 5, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, 5 ½ FURLONGS, TURF, 3:15 P.M.

 

BOOGIE TOO (2yo bay colt, Dixie Union—Lite Twilight, by Twilight Agenda) is out of a mare who won a pair of minor sprint stakes on dirt at Bay Meadows. She has one winner from three foals to race, with Middle Earth having finished third in the Grade 2 Riva Ridge.

Owner: My Meadowview Farm
Trainer: Nicholas Zito
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $105,000 Keeneland September yearling; $225,000 Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

ENDORPHINS FLY (2yo chestnut colt, Distorted Humor—My Typhoon, by Giant’s Causeway) is the second foal and first to race out of his dam, who won six graded stakes on turf, including the Grade 1 Diana. His second dam, Urban Sea, was named the highweight older mare at 11-14 furlongs in France after winning the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe before going on to become one of the most productive broodmares of all time. Eight half-siblings to My Typhoon earned black type, seven won stakes, five won group stakes, and three won at the Group 1 level. The very best might have been Sea the Stars, who was a Group 2 winner at Ireland as a juvenile and at three posted Group 1 wins in the English 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby, Eclipse Stakes, International Stakes, Irish Champion Stakes. In his final start, he emulated his dam by winning the Arc. Not to be overlooked is Galileo, whose accomplishments include a sweep of the Group 1 Epsom Derby and the Group 1 Irish Derby. Black Sam Bellamy earned his Group 1 wins in the Gran Premio del Jockey Club in Italy and the Tattersalls Gold Cup in Ireland.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

ASUNDER (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Stormy Atlantic—Love and Marry, by Known Fact) is a half-brother to Riveting Reason, who was third in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity and Grade 1 Norfolk as a juvenile, and stakes-placed sprinter Bang Bang Bang. All five of Love and Marry’s foals of racing age have won, including four on turf. Asunder’s second dam, Rabiadella, won a pair of Grade 3 races on turf and produced Diadella, who captured the Grade 2 Canadian Handicap on grass.

Owner: Team Valor International
Trainer: H. Graham Motion
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $170,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 6

Jon Forbes

RACE 1, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, 6 ½ FURLONS, DIRT, 1:00 P.M.

 

DECODER (2yo bay filly, War Front—Database, by Known Fact) is out of a mare who won the Beautiful Day Stakes at Delaware Park. This filly is a full sister to G1 Makers 46 Mile and G2 Monmouth Stakes winner Data Link and a half-sister to stakes-placed Wiki. Their dam is a full sister to two-time stakes winner Vespers, herself the dam of G1 Donn Handicap winner Hymn Book. Vespers and Database are both half-sisters to Vesper Cat, dam of G3 Noble Damsel Stakes winner Strike the Bell.

Owner: Stuart S. Janney, III
Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III
Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

AFLEET BIRD (2yo chestnut filly, Afleet Alex—Bird Harbor, by Boston Harbor) is out of a mare who won on debut at age two. Her third dam is Dear Birdie, who ran 2nd in Louisiana Downs’ Senorita Stakes but is most renowned as the dam of G1 Champagne Stakes, G1 Belmont Stakes, and G1 Travers Stakes winner Birdstone and G1 Kentucky Oaks and G1 Acorn Stakes winner Bird Town. Both Birdstone and Bird Town were winners at two, with Birdstone a winner on debut and Bird Town victorious in her second career start. From three foals to race Bird Harbor has two winners but no two-year-old winners.

Owner: Marylou Whitney Stables
Trainer: Nicholas Zito
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

 

SENSATIONALIZE (2yo bay filly, Street Sense—Stormy West, by Gone West) is the first foal of a mare who won four stakes races and earned $367,153 in 21 lifetime starts. Her second dam, Storm Beauty, was a three-time stakes winner with 5 wins and earnings of $178,164 in 15 starts. Storm Beauty is also the dam of Renaissance Lady, who finished second in four stakes races at age two, including a runner-up effort in the G3 Debutante Stakes.

Owner: Diane Snowden
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

PAPER KITE (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Bernardini—Narjis Flower, by Pleasant Colony) is a half-sister to G2 San Clemente and G3 Iowa Oaks winner Storm Mesa and multiple stakes winner She Be Classy. Narjis Flower’s other foal to race was a Eurosilver gelding named Hardtenonthehop, who is a winner in seven career starts.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Thomas Albertrani
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
Sales history: $60,000 Fasig-Tipton November Weanling

 

BUSTLE (2yo bay filly, More Than Ready—Vanquished, by Empire Maker) is out of a mare who is a half-sister to Critical Eye, whose stakes wins include graded victories in the Gazelle Handicap (G1), Hempstead Handicap (G1), Sheepshead Bay Handicap (G2), and Ladies Handicap (G3). Critical Eye won on debut at age two and has three winners from four foals to race.

Owner: Dorothy Alexander Matz
Trainer: Michael Matz
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 5

Jon Forbes

RACE 6, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, 1 1/16 MILES, TURF, 2:00 P.M.

 

WIN FOR KITTEN (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Kitten’s Joy—Winsome, by Kris) is out of a mare who placed in a pair of stakes in France. Winsome has produced two other starters, with one winning on dirt and one winning on turf. Win for Kitten’s stakes-placed second dam, Ahead, produced six black-type earners, including turf stakes winners Opinion Poll, a Group 2 winner in England, and Horatia, who set a Monmouth Park course record when capturing the Grade 3 Vinery Matchmaker.

Owner: Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $22,000 Keeneland November weanling

 

SKYFALL (2yo dark bay/brown filly, More Than Ready—Yard Art, by Lasting Approval) is out of an unraced half-sister to turf stakes winners Ascutney (Grade 3 Miesque) and Words of War (listed Rachel Jackson and four other stakes) and three-time dirt stakes winner Word o’ Ransom. Ascutney went on to become the dam of English highweight Raven’s Pass, who won the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II on grass and the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic on the all-weather, and Gigawatt, who was effective on both dirt and turf and annexed the Grade 3 Miami Mile Handicap on grass. Words of War produced Grade 2 Dwyer victor and Grade 1 Travers runner-up E Dubai and Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks heroine No Matter What, with the latter producing English Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Rainbow View. Skyfall’s immediate family is more humble, however, with two Yard Art having produced two winners from three foals to race and four total named foals.

Owner: Glencrest Farm
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez

 

LOVELY DYNAFORMER (2yo bay filly, Dynaformer—Lovely Rafaela, by A.P. Indy) is out of a turf runner who won Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap. Lovely Dynaformer has four siblings who have raced, with two winning on dirt and one on turf. Her second dam, Campagnarde, was named Champion Three-Year-Old Filly in Argentina and won the Grade 1 Ramona Handicap on turf after coming to the United States. In addition to Lovely Rafaela, Campagnarde produced Rize, winner of the Grade 2 Philip H. Iselin Handicap winner Rize and Calle Vista, who won the first stakes of her career when she landed the Luther Burbank on turf at Santa Rosa two weeks ago.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan

 

GUSTAVIA (2yo chestnut filly, Pulpit—Summer Rainbow, by Summer Squall) is out of a mare who won seven races, including a minor stakes at Delaware Park, all on dirt. She has one winner from two foals to race, with Hard Mystery having taken the Inside Information overnight stakes on dirt at Belmont in May.

Owner: Alpha Delta Stables
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

SUMMER OF FUN (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Include—Royal Innocence, by Royal Anthem) is the first foal out of an unraced half-sister to Louis Cyphre, who was Group 1 placed in France before he came to the United States to win the Grade 1 Mervyn LeRoy on dirt, French Group 2 winner Psychobabble, and Japanese stakes winner Star King Man. Another half-sibling, Nini Princesse, produced Grade 2 Dance Smarty victress Mekong Melody, while another, Admire Yell, produced Japanese stakes winner Admire Subaru.

Owner: Bona Venture Stables
Trainer: George Weaver
Jockey: Eddie Castro
Sales history: $95,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)