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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 Friday, August 24, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, August 24, 2013

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 12:37 p.m.

MR SPEAKER (dark bay or brown colt, Pulpit—Salute, by Unbridled) is out of a graded stakes-placed daughter of Hall of Famer Personal Ensign, who was unbeaten in 13 starts and won eight Grade 1 races, including the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Salute was second in the Grade 2 Demoiselle and third in the Grade 3 Tempted as a juvenile and is a half-sister to Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Miner’s Mark, Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies heroine My Flag, and Grade 1 Oaklawn Handicap victor Traditionally. Personal Ensign produced one turf winner from two foals to try the surface. Salute’s only foal to race, State Flag, has one win in 15 starts, and that victory came in a turf race.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III

Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

PROOF OF CONCEPT (chestnut colt, Danehill Dancer—Nasty Storm, by Gulch) is out of a sprinter who won the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Distaff Handicap and Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap and placed in the Grade 1  Spinaway and Grade 1 Test. Nasty Storm has produced one winner from two starters, with A Touch Wild winning two races on the turf and one dirt race in Italy.

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence

Trainer: Dale Romans

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $250,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

BEHEDEMAN (chestnut colt, Eddington—Ragtime Hope, by Dixieland Band) is a full-brother to Secret Circle, who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint as a 2-year-old and at 3 stretched out to take the Grade 2 Rebel and a division of the Grade 3 Southwest. Secret Circle also was second in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby. Another full-brother to Behedeman, Eddington Limit, won three races on synthetic surfaces. Their dam won a pair of stakes at Calder Race Course: a five-furlong dash on the dirt and a 1 1/16-mile turf event.

Owner: Willmott Stables

Trainer: Mark Hennig

Jockey: Mike Smith

 

LULU LE’ MON (bay colt, Lemon Drop Kid—Emanating, by Cox’s Ridge) is a half-brother to this year’s Grade 1 Man o’ War winner Boisterous, who has won seven total graded stakes on the grass. Their dam was a stakes winner and was Grade 1-placed (third in the Test) on the dirt and was graded stakes-placed on the grass (second in the Grade 3 All Along and third in the Grade 2 Lake Placid Handicap). Emanating is a half-sister to Grade 1 NYRA Mile victor Gold Fever. 

Owner: Jim Bakke & Gerry Ibister

Trainer: Anthony Dutrow

Jockey: Alex Solis

Sales history: $110,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, August 23, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, August 23, 2013

Race 1, All 2-year-olds, 5 ½ Furlongs, Dirt, 1:00 p.m.

HAVANA (gray/roan colt, Dunkirk—Missy Turtle, by Kyle’s Our Man) is a half-sister to Among the Willows, who placed in a route stakes at Northlands Park. Miss Turtle, who has produced three winners from five starters, is a winning half-sister to stakes-winning sprinters Chief J Strongbow, who took a listed stakes at Laurel Park, and Egg Head, who captured a listed stakes at Delaware Park before finishing second to Lost in the Fog in the Grade 2 Riva Ridge. Havan’s second dam, Redding Ridge, won three sprint stakes.

Owner: Michael Tabor, John Magnier & Derrick Smith

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $50,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling; $575,000 Barretts March 2-year-old (one furlong in 9 3/5 seconds, video)

 

CHOMSKY (chestnut colt, Distorted Humor—Meerkat Miss, by Giant’s Causeway) is the first foal out of his unraced dam, a half-sister to European Champion Two-Year-Old Male Hold That Tiger, who won the Group 1 Grand Criterium on the turf in France and was third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on the dirt. Hold That Tiger is by Storm Cat, the sire of Giant’s Causeway. Meerkat Miss is also a half-sister to Grade 1 Belmont Stakes winner Editor’s Note and stakes winners Catnip and Catfriend. Chomsky’s second dam, Beware of the Cat, was a stakes winner and was Grade 2-placed.

Owner: Reddam Racing

Trainer: Mark Hennig

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $300,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 seconds, video)

 

KOWBOY KING (bay colt, Kodiak Kowboy—Kivi, by King of Kings) is a half-brother to Regally Ready, who has won the Grade 1 Nearctic and Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. All three foals out of Kivi to race have won. Kivi is a stakes-placed half-sister to restricted turf stakes victor Legend of Russia and is a daughter of Vilikaia, who captured a Group 3 in France and was second in the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas. 

Owner: Harry C. & Tom O. Meyerhoff

Trainer: Michael Trombetta

Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez

Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

MISCHIEVIOUSLY (bay colt, Indian Charlie—Illicit, by Mr. Prospector) is a half-brother to Gone Astray, who took the Grade 2 Ohio Derby and Grade 3 Salvatore Mile, and Contentious, who was Group 3-placed in Germany. Their dam is an unraced half-sister to Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Smuggler and a daughter of Champion Older Female/Hall of Famer Inside Information.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III

Jockey: Joseph Rocco, Jr.

 

KENDALL’S BOY (bay colt, Sky Mesa—Golden Damsel, by Gold Token) is out of a mare who won the Bouwerie for New York-breds and was second in the Grade 3 Affectionately Handicap. Golden Damsel has produced two winners from as many foals to start, including two-time stakes-placed turfer Instant Style.

Owner: Jerry Namy

Trainer: Thomas Amoss

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Race 8, 2-year-old Fillies, 5 ½ Furlongs, Turf, 4:47 p.m.

ZINDAYA (dark bay or brown filly, More Than Ready—Aristocratic Lady, by Kris S.) is the second foal out of her dam to race, the other being Western Aristocrat, who won the Grade 1 Jamaica Handicap on the turf and was Grade 3-placed in England. Aristocratic Lady won on turf in France and on dirt in the United States.

Owner: Regis Racing

Trainer: Christophe Clement

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

ALMURRA (bay filly, by Street Cry—Alwajeeha, by Dixieland Band) is out of her dam, who captured the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup and Grade 3 Appalachian on the turf. Her only other foal to race, Elmutahid, has one win in seven starts and is winless in four grass tries.

Owner:  Shadwell Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

A LITTLE BIT SASSY (dark bay/brown filly, More Than Ready—Miss A. Bomb, by Lemon Drop Kid) is the first foal out of her dam, who won sprint stakes at Presque Isle Downs and Turfway Park. Miss A. Bomb is a daughter of listed stakes winner and Grade 3-placed sprinter Aerturas, making her a half-sister to multiple graded stakes-placed Cargo, the dam of Grade 1 Preakness winner Red Bullet.

Owner: Ramon S. Bass

Trainer: Michael Matz

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $220,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 18, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 18, 2013

Race 5, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 3:03 p.m.

WACO (dark bay or brown colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Sangrita, by Mr. Greeley) is out of a mare who won the Grade 2 Chilukki at one mile on the main track. Sangrita is a half-sister to Grade 1 Suburban Handicap victor Offlee Wild and Recoleta, the dam of European group stakes winners Silent Times and Rock of Rochelle. Sangrita has produced one winner from two foals to race.

Owner: William L. Clifton, Jr.

Trainer: H. James Bond

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

Sales history: $280,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Race 11, 2-year-old Fillies, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 6:18 p.m.

JAZIL’S DREAM (chestnut filly, Jazil—American Dreamer, by Quest for Fame) is a half-sister to Maram, who debuted a winner in a maiden claiming race on turf as a 2-year-old before going on to win the Grade 3 Miss Grillo and the inaugural running of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. She later added triumphs in the John Hettinger and Miss Liberty. Maram is American Dreamer’s only winner from two foals to races.

Owner: Karen Woods

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Jose Lezcano