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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, August 15, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, August 15, 2013

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, Five Furlongs, Dirt, 2:00 p.m.

TONY B (chestnut colt, Old Fashioned—Teruko, by Coronado’s Quest) is out of a mare who has produced two winners from two starters, including Safe Trip, who has won stakes at Sunland Park and Zia Park and was second in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore at Monmouth Park. Teruko is a winning half-sister to Grade 3 Honorable Miss heroine Willa On the Move and listed stakes winner Grecian Maiden.

Owner: My Meadowview Farm

Trainer: Nicholas Zito

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $100,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling; $500,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 2/5 seconds, video)

 

DIVINE ENERGY (gray/roan colt, Tapit—Pure Symmetry, by Storm Cat) is out of a placed daughter of Hall of Famer Serena’s Song, who won 12 Grade 1 races between the ages of 2 and 4, including the Haskell Invitational Handicap against males. As a broodmare, Serena’s Song produced stakes winners Sophisticate (Group 1), Grand Reward (Grade 2), Harlington (Grade 2), Schramsberg (Grade 3), and Serena’s Tune. Pure Symmetry has produced two winners from as many starters.

Owner: WinStar Farm

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $390,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 11, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 11, 2013

Race 2, 2-year-old Fillies, 5 ½ Furlongs, Dirt, 1:30 p.m.

DIVIDED ATTENTION (dark bay or brown filly, A.P. Indy—Contrive, by Storm Cat) is a half-sister to Folklore, who was named Champion Two-Year-Old Filly after winning the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, Grade 1 Matron, and Grade 2 Adirondack, and Delightful Quality, who was third in this year’s Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses Handicap. Six of seven foals out of Contrive to race have won.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

TEA TIME (bay filly, Pulpit—Asian Empress, by Empire Maker) is the first foal out of her dam, an unraced full-sister to Acoma, who won the Grade 1 Spinster on Polytrack and graded stakes on turf and dirt. Asian Empress is also a half-sister to Grade 1 Super Derby winner Arch, Group 3 Godolphin Mile hero Festival of Light, and listed stakes victor Alisios.

Owner: Helen Groves & Jon & Sarah Kelly

Trainer: Michael Matz

Jockey: Luis Saez

 

SWEET WHISKEY (bay filly, Old Fashioned—Baby Betty, by El Corredor) looks to become the third winner out of his dam from as many foals to race. El Gaucho, a half-brother to Sweet Whiskey, won a non-black-type stakes at Portland Meadows as a juvenile. Their dam is an unraced half-sister to stakes winners Heidi Maria and Doc’s Doll.

Owner: Alto Racing

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $75,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling; $300,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

 

CHIEF DANTE (bay filly, Indian Charlie—Belle Excel, by Gone West) is out of an unplaced half-sister to Chilean stakes winners Mash One (Group 1), Exhortada (Group 1), Reciclada (Group 2), and Gran Mujer (Group 2) as well as American stakes winner Exotic Indy and A. P. Excellent, who was second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup. Belle Excel’s only other foal of racing age, Corinthian Leather, won a single race in 10 starts.

Owner: St Elias Stable & West Point Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $220,000 OBS June 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 2/5 seconds, video)

 

Race 6, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, Turf, 3:35 p.m.

ALL TIED UP (gray/roan colt, Even the Score—Satinet, by Olympio) is a half-brother to Britt’s Jules, who won four stakes on the dirt and placed in the Grade 3 Leonard Richards on turf and three graded stakes on the main track. Another half-brother, Social Probation, was second in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop. Their dam is a half-sister to stakes winners Promise of War and Baldwin County.

Owner: Dogwood Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

Sales history: $70,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling; $130,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)

 

FLORIDA WON (chestnut colt, Birdstone—Grand Portege, by Grand Slam) is the second starter out of his dam, a winning half-sister to Grade 1 Preakness, Metropolitan Handicap, and Clark Handicap winner Shackleford, Grade 1 Alabama heroine Lady Joanne, and graded stakes winners Baghdaria and Afleeting Lady.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $385,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

CANADIAN WINNER (chestnut colt, Pulpit—Ms. Cornstalk, by Indian Charlie) is a half-brother to Canadian Horse of the Year, Champion Two-Year-Old Filly, and Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Biofuel and Canadian Champion Two-Year-old Filly Tu Endie Wei. Biofuel won the Grade 3 Mazarine and Grade 3 Selene on Polytrack and placed in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks and Grade 1 Mother Goose on dirt. Tu Endie Wei, meanwhile, won four listed stakes and was Grade 3-placed, all on Polytrack. Their dam is an unraced half-sister to Grade 2 Arkansas Derby winner Dansil

Owner: Robert C. Baker & William L. Mack

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Sales history: $400,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

INDIGO KITTEN (chestnut colt, Kitten’s Joy—Blue Holiday, by Cure the Blues) is a full-brother to Holiday for Kitten, who has won Keeneland’s Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America over Polytrack and the Giant’s Causeway on the turf. Both wins came in sprints. As a 2-year-old, Blue Holiday was second in the Grade 3 Miesque going long on grass. Notonthesamepage, a half-brother to Indigo Kitten, was a sprinter who won the Spectacular Bid on dirt at Gulfstream Park.

Owner: Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey

Trainer: Wesley Ward

Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 10, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 10, 2013

Race 6, All 2-year-olds, 5 ½ Furlongs, Dirt, 3:35 p.m.

ROBERTO GATO (chestnut colt, Zensational—Cat News, by Storm Cat) is a half-brother to Publication, who won the Grade 2 Arlington-Washington Futurity as a 2-year-old and placed in five graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap, between the ages of 4 and 8. All six foals out of Cat News to race have won.

Owner: Dream Walkin Farms

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland November weanling; $175,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

MOSLER (dark bay/brown colt, War Front—Gold Vault, by Arch) is a half-brother to Contested, who won last year’s Grade 1 Acorn and Grade 1 Test. Their dam is a winning full-sister to stakes-placed Acquilea and a half-sister to Grade 1 King’s Bishop and Grade 1 Forego hero Pomeroy.

Owner: Adele B. Dilschneider

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales history: $1,050,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, 5 ½ Furlongs, Turf, 1 p.m.

MACK MILLER (bay colt, Bernstein—Pennyhill, by Saint Ballado) is a half-brother to three stakes winners, including Electrify, who won eight stakes, including the Grade 3 Fred W. Hooper Handicap. Electrify raced primarily in dirt routes and was off the board in his lone turf start. Mack Miller’s siblings also include Cream Only, who captured a route stakes at Oaklawn Park, and sprinter Rothko, who has won the Grade 3 Aristides and finished second in the Grade 1 Malibu. Mack Miller’s second dam, Vennila Cream, won five stakes in Louisiana and also produced Grade 3 Toboggan Handicap victor Kazoo.

Owner: Dogwood Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $120,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video); $42,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling

 

ALL CASH (chestnut colt, English Channel—Andover the Money, by Dynaformer) is a half-brother to California-bred stakes winners Spenditallbaby and Runforthemoneybaby. Spenditallbaby won two sprint stakes over the all-weather and placed in a pair of graded stakes on turf, while Runforthemoneybaby won a stakes and was Grade 1 placed over a synthetic surface and was stakes placed on turf. All five foals to race out of Andover the Money have won, including English Pound, a full-brother to All Cash who broke his maiden on grass.

Owner: Calumet Farm

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Luis Saez

 

LITTLE BOSS (gray/roan colt, Street Boss—Golden Rhythm, by Rhythm) is out of a mare who won stakes on turf in Louisiana and Texas. Two of Golden Rhythm’s four foals of racing age have started, and both have won on the grass.

Owner: P. Vaccarezza, P. Greco, F. Mancari, J and J Stables, et al.

Trainer: Dale Romans

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales history: $40,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling

 

WAR HAWK (dark bay or brown colt, War Front—Surveil, by Kingmambo) is the first foal out of his dam, an unplaced daughter of Watch, who won the Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap on the turf. Watch is a full-sister to turf stakes winner War Thief and dirt stakes winner Stop Watch. She is also a half-sister to turf stakes winners Prime Meridian and Remind.

Owner: Jerry Durant

Trainer: Steven Asmussen

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $300,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

BELLY OF THE WHALE (chesnut colt, Red Giant—Miss Nashwan, by Nashwan) is out of an Italian Group 3 winner. Miss Nashwan has produced two other starters, no winners. 

Owner: Peachtree Stable

Trainer: Christophe Clement

Jockey: Jose Lezcano