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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, July 25, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, July 25, 2013

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, five furlongs, dirt, 1:35 p.m.

CORFU (bay colt, Malibu Moon—Fashion Cat, by Forest Wildcat) topped this year’s Barretts March sale when he was purchased for $675,000. His dam won a single race, a maiden special weight at Monmouth Park as a 3-year-old, in three starts, and has produced two winners from three starters. Corfu’s second dam, Hold to Fashion, won two races and produced Peace Rules, who posted Grade 1 wins in the Blue Grass, Haskell Invitational Handicap, Suburban Handicap, and two-time Charles Town stakes winner Wild Fashion.

Owner: Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier & Derrick Smith

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $185,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearlings; $675,000 Barretts March 2-year-old (two furlongs in 20 4/5 seconds, video)

 

CRESCENT (bay colt, More Than Ready—Lovely Isle, by Double Honor) is the first foal out of his dam, who sprinted to victory in the Kalookan Queen Handicap and was second going two turns in the Grade 1 Virgenes. Lovely Isle won her first two starts, a maiden claimer and a starter allowance for 2-year-old fillies at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Owner: Bruce Lunsford

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $215,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

PURE SENSATION (gray/roan colt, Zensational—Pure Disco, by Disco Rico) is out of a mare who was primarily a sprinter and won seven stakes races at Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands. Four of those stakes wins came against restricted company. Pure Sensation is Pure Disco’s first foal.

Owner: Patricia A. Generazio

Trainer: Christophe Clement

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

Race 5, 2-year-old fillies, five furlongs, dirt, 3:11 p.m.

CRYSTALROCKET (dark bay or brown filly, A. P. Warrior—Queen of Millbrook, by Distinctive Pro) is out of a mare who won a pair of stakes for New York-bred fillies: the Lady Finger for 2-year-olds and the New York Oaks for 3-year-olds. Four of Queen of Millbrook’s five foals to race have won, including nine-time winning sprinter Reine Des Coeurs.

Owner: Leonard C. Green, Sean Shay, Henry E. Baker & Peter K. Baker

Trainer: Gary Contessa

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

Sales history: $3,200 Keeneland January yearling; $57,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

 

SNOWBELL (gray/roan filly, Tapit—Burmilla, by Storm Cat) is out of a sprinter who won her first four starts, capped by a victory in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap. A full-sister to Burmilla, Magicalmysterycat, won four stakes a 2-year-old, including the Grade 2 Landaluce and Grade 2 Schuylerville. Burmilla has produced two other starters, with the lone winner being Hastings Park maiden winner Stratify.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Luis Saez

 

MOBILIZE (bay filly, War Front—Katy Smiles, by Limit Out) is out of a mare who won races between the ages of 2 and 5, all in sprints. Katy Smiles won three stakes at Canterbury Park and one stakes at Turf Paradise and is half-sister to four-time stakes winner Straight Face. Her only other foal of racing age is winless in four starts.

Owner: Stuart S. Janney, III

Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $220,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

JERRY LOVE (bay filly, Not For Love—Jerry Bomb, by Explosive Bid) is a full-sister to Akronism, who won the Grade 3 Seaway over the all-weather, the Grade 2 Royal North on the grass, and the Skipat, Jostle, and the restricted Maryland Million Distaff Handicap on the dirt. Six of Jerry Love’s siblings to race have won.

Owner: Robert S. Evans

Trainer: Michael Trombetta

Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez

Sales history: $70,000 Keeneland November weanling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Monday, July 22, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Monday, July 22, 2013

Race 1, All 2-year-olds, 5 ½ furlongs, dirt, 1:00 p.m.

STRONG MANDATE (bay colt, Tiznow—Clear Mandate, by Deputy Minister) is out of mare who posted Grade 1 wins in the Spinster, John A. Morris, and the Shuvee Handicap. Clear Mandate broke her maiden in her second start, which came in November of her 2-year-old season. Eight of her nine foals to race have won, including Newfoundland, who captured the Grade 3 Canadian Turf Handicap (off the turf) and was second in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup and Grade 1 Suburban Handicap, and listed stakes winner Full Mandate.

Owner: Robert C. Baker & William L. Mack

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $200,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

CLOSET E (bay colt, Street Sense—Amandatude, by Aptitude) is the third foal and first to race out of his dam, a router who won a minor stakes at Delaware Park and was second in the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks and Grade 2 Fitz Dixon Cotillion. Closet E’s second dam won five stakes for Ohio-breds and also produced Grade 3-placed Maid of Heaven.

Owner: Southern Equine Stables & Whispering Oaks Farm

Trainer: Eric Guillot

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Sales history: $250,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Race 2, 2-year-old fillies, 5 ½ furlongs, turf, 1:32 p.m.

 

CELLO (bay filly, English Channel—Indy Pick, by A.P. Indy) is a full-sister to Optimizer, who on the turf has won the Grade 3 Kent, Grade 3 Fair Grounds Handicap, and Grade 3. Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap and has finished second in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic and Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap. Indy Pick has produced one other winner, Humdinger, from three foals to race. Indy Pick won two races, both on the dirt, and is a half-sister to Grade 1 Matron and Grade 1 Acorn heroine Finder’s Fee.

Owner: Calumet Farm

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

SUPER SKY (chestnut filly, Sky Mesa—Tortuga Lady, by Thunder Gulch) is a half-sister to Dyna’s Lassie, who won the Miss Liberty at Monmouth Park and placed in three graded stakes on the turf, and Princess Arabella, who took the Sunland Oaks on the dirt. All six foals to race of their dam have won. Tortuga Lady is a winning full-sister to Grade 1 Kentucky Derby runner-up Invisible Ink and a half-sister to two-time stakes placed Inner Circle.

Owner: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $80,000 Keeneland September yearling; $100,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds)

 

Race 3, 2-year-old Fillies, 5 ½ furlongs, 2:04 p.m.

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, July 19, 2013

 

Race 3, 2-year-old Fillies, 5 ½ furlongs, 2:04 p.m.

CRYSTALROCKET (dark bay or brown filly, A. P. Warrior—Queen of Millbrook, by Distinctive Pro) is out of a mare who a pair of stakes for New York-bred fillies: the Lady Finger for 2-year-olds and the New York Oaks for 3-year-olds. Four of Queen of Milbrook’s five foals to race have won, including nine-time winning sprinter Reine Des Coeurs.

Owner: Leonard C. Green, Sean Shay, Henry E. Baker & Peter K. Baker

Trainer: Gary Contessa

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $3,200 Keeneland January yearling; $57,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

 

STOPCHARGINGMARIA (dark bay or brown filly, Tale of the Cat—Exotic Bloom, by Montbrook) is the first foal out of her dam, a router who won the listed Windward Stakes at Presque Isle and the My Charmer Stakes at Turfway Park and was third in the Grade 3 Seaway at Woodbine, all over synthetic surfaces. A half-brother to Exotic Bloom, See Tobe, was a listed stakes winner and Grade 3 placed on the turf.

Owner: Repole Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $47,000 Keeneland September yearling; $220,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

 

IRELAND (bay filly, Afleet Alex—Classy Mirage, by Storm Bird) is a full-sister to Grade 1 Hopeful winner Dublin, who later added placings in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, Grade 2 Rebel, and Grade 3 Southwest. Their dam won five graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Ballerina Handicap. Classy Mirage, a half-sister to dual Grade 1 winner Missy’s Mirage, has produced nine winners from 12 foals to race.

Owner: Calumet Farm

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $115,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

ART OF THE GAME (chestnut filly, Elusive Quality—Jade Queen, by Giant’s Causeway) is the second foal to race out of her dam, a turf runner who finished third in both the Grade 1 Garden City and Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational. Art of the Game’s second dam, Jade Flush, won the Grade 2 Rare Perfume on the turf and placed in six graded stakes on the dirt (including the Grade 1 Spinster) and also produced turf horse Megantic, a stakes winner and who was graded stakes placed.

Owner: Richard C. Pell

Trainer: Nicholas Zito

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales history: $190,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

Jon Forbes

RACE 6, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, 5 ½ FURLONGS, DIRT, 3:11 P.M.

 

REVOLUTIONARY (2yo War Pass—Runup the Colors, by A.P. Indy) is out of a mare who won the Grade 1 Alabama and was second in the Grade 1 Spinster and Grade 1 Ballerina Handicap. Runup the Colors’ dam won the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks and also produced Group 1 winner and Irish and Italian highweight Flagbird, Grade 1 Acorn heroine Prospectors Delite, and Grade 2 King’s Bishop victor Top Account. Runup the Colors has five winners from six foals to race, including Grade 2 placed runners Tafaseel and Ice Road. Revolution was the most expensive of 14 juveniles by his sire to sell at auction this year.

Owner: WinStar Farm
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $80,000 Keeneland September yearling; $235,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)