Friday, August 15, 2014
Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 16, 2014
Race 4, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 2:37 p.m.
CAN’T HAPPEN HERE (dark bay or brown colt, Desert Party—Forbidden Kiss, by Touch Gold) is a half-brother to Indulgence, who placed in seven stakes, including a third in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap sprinting on the dirt. Indulgence won three races in her career, one on an all-weather surface and two on the grass. Forbidden Kiss has produced two winners from four starters, with Forbidden Brew also winning on the grass. Forbidden Kiss’s only win came on the turf, and she’s a half-sister to turfer Diadella, who won the Grade 2 Canadian Handicap. She also is a half-sister to dirt runners El Kingdom, a two-time stakes winner at Calder; and Say a Novena, who won stakes at Parx and Monmouth Park and was second in the Grade 2 Forward Gal and Grade 3 Old Hat.
Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
COMPTON COUNTY (bay colt, Harlan’s Holiday—Pay Lady, by Seeking the Gold) is a half-brother to Lighthouse Bay, who won last year’s Grade 1 Prioress. Lighthouse Bay is one of two winners from three starters out of Pay Lady, who was unraced.
Owner: Richlyn Farm Inc.
Trainer: George Weaver
Jockey: Joe Rocco, Jr.
COURTIER (bay colt, Pioneerof the Nile—Soothing Touch, by Touch Gold) is out of the same mare as Emollient, who has won the Grade 1 Ashland and Grade 1 Spinster on a synthetic surface and the Grade 1 American Oaks on the turf. Emollient is by Empire Maker, the sire of Pioneerof the Nile. Soothing Touch herself was winless in six starts.
Owner: Juddmonte Farms
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Race 6, All 2-year-olds, 6 ½ furlongs, dirt, 3:43 p.m.
GODIVA LIMOUSINE (bay colt, Bernardini—Stormy Welcome, by Storm Cat) looks to become the first winner out of his dam, who has produced one other starter to date. Stormy Welcome is an unraced daughter of Grade 3 Dogwood winner Welcome Surprise, herself a daughter of two-time Grade 1 winner Weekend Surprise, the dam of Horse of the Year/Belmont Stakes winner A.P. Indy and Preakness winner Summer Squall.
Owner: Joseph H. Moss
Trainer: Nicholas P. Zito
Jockey: Joe Bravo
Sales history: $410,000 Keeneland September yearling
FAIR ADVANTAGE (bay colt, Bernardini—Miss Kate, by Storm Cat) is out of the same mare as Raconteur, who won the Private Terms at Laurel Park, and Katerbug, winner of the Audubon Oaks at Ellis Park. Miss Kate has produced four winners from six starters. Fair Advantage is by a son of A.P. Indy, the sire of Raconteur and the grandsire of Katerbug, a daughter of Pulpit. Their dam was third in a stakes at the Meadowlands and is out of Grade 1 Monmouth Oaks winner Dream Deal, making her a half-sister to Grade 1 Spinster heroine Clear Mandate and Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Handicap winner Dream Scheme.
Owner: G. Watts Humphrey, Jr.
Trainer: George Arnold II
Jockey: Joe Rocco, Jr.
Sales history: $300,000 Keeneland September yearling
ZENNOR (gray/roan colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Zelanda, by Night Shift) is a half-brother to Time Prisoner, who won the Group 3 Prix de Ris-Orangis in France, and Pearl Chrome, a listed stakes winner in England. Their dam captured a listed stakes in England and is a half-sister to French Group 3 winner Emily Bronte.
Owner: Godolphin Racing
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
GORGEOUS BIRD (gray/roan colt, Unbridled’s Song—Elusive Bird, by Elusive Quality) is out of an unraced daughter of Bird Town, who won the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and Grade 1 Acorn en route to being named Champion Three-Year-Old Filly. Bird Town is a half-sister to Birdstone, who captured the Grade 1 Champagne, Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, and Grade 1 Travers. Elusive Bird has produced one winner, Grade 3 Forward Gal runner-up Pow Pow Pow, from two starters.
Owner: Marylou Whitney Stables
Trainer: Ian Wilkes
Jockey: Brian Hernandez, Jr.
KABANG (chestnut colt, Tapit—Aventina, by Dynaformer) is out of an unplaced half-sister to Grade 3 Razorback Handicap victor Desert Air and listed stakes winner/multiple Grade 3-placed Desert Demon. Aventina has produced two starters, and both have won a single race apiece.
Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Trainer: Thomas Albertrani
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $425,000 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 among Jon Forbes and Susie Raisher.