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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 SUNDAY, AUGUST 26

Jon Forbes

RACE 2, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, SIX FURLONGS, DIRT, 1:32 P.M.

 

SIGN (2yo bay filly, Pulpit—Cross, by Mighty) is out of a mare who won a restricted stakes on turf via disqualification as a 2-year-old. A half-brother to Cross, Lattice, won the Grade 2 American Derby on turf. Cross has one other foal of racing age, Thwart, who won a maiden claimer in May at Evangeline Downs.

 

Owner: Adele Dilschneider & Claiborne Farm

Trainer: Albert Stall, Jr.

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

 

APOLOGIZE (2yo chestnut filly, Lemon Drop Kid—Aurelia, by Danzig) is out of a placed half-sister to seven black-type earners, including Grade 1 Go for Wand Handicap winner Aldiza and Grade 2 Molly Pitcher victress Atelier. Apologize’s second dam, Aishah, won the Grade 2 Perfume and is a half-sister to Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Althea.

 

Owner: W.S. Farish & George Prussin

Trainer: Michael Matz

Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan

Sales history: $210,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

MARCELLINA D’ORO (2yo bay filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Philly’s Philly, by A.P. Indy) is out of an unplaced half-sister to Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap and Grade 2 True North Handicap winner Woke Up Dreamin and four-time Grade/Group 3 winning turf mare Denomination. Philly’s Philly’s two other foals of racing age have won at the claiming level.

 

Owner: Stonestreet Stables LLC

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $360,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling

 

JET AWAY (2yo dark bay, filly, Mr. Greeley—Resort, by Pleasant Colony) is a half-sister to Grade 2 Peter Pan winner and Grade 1 Wood Memorial runner-up Sightseeing. Three of Resort’s four foals to race have won. Resort, who was second in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks and third in the Grade 1 Gazelle, is a half-sister to Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap hero Living Vicariously and Grade 3-winning sprinter With Distinction.

 

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III

Jockey: John Velazquez

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 25

Jon Forbes

RACE 2, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, SIX FURLONGS, DIRT, 12:05 P.M.

 

BOGART (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Lion Heart—Hepburn, by Capote) is a half-brother to Her Smile, who a year ago won the Grade 1 Prioress and was third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. All four named foals out of Hepburn, a two-time winner, have won. Bogart’s second dam, Favored Lady, won a minor stakes at the Meadowlands and was Grade 3-placed.

Owner: William M. Backer
Trainer: Jonathan Sheppard
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

 

SUBSONIC (2yo bay colt, Malibu Moon—Voyage, by Rahy) is the second foal out of his unraced dam to make it to the starting gate. Three of Voyage’s siblings have earned black type, including half-sister Pine Island, winner of the Grade 1 Alabama and Grade 1 Gazelle, and Point Of Entry, victorious in this year’s Grade 1 Man o’ War and Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational on turf.

Owner: Phipps Stable
Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III
Jockey: Shaun Bridgomohan

 

DELHOMME (2yo bay colt, Dixie Union—Art Show, by Out of Place) is the second foal out of his dam, who won a turf stakes at the Meadowlands as a 2-year-old and placed in dirt stakes as a 3-year-old and 5-year-old. Her only other foal, Smarts, has won a pair of races at Presque Isle Downs this year. Delhomme is the most expensive of 18 juveniles by his sire to sell at auction in 2012.

Owner: Twin Creeks Racing Stables LLC
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $230,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling; $440,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

HOWIE’S TIZ (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Tiznow—Dirty Rush, by Wild Rush) is a full-brother to Rush Now, who won the Dover Stakes at Delaware Park as a 2-year-old. Their dam placed in a listed stakes at Hawthorne and is a half-sister to Britt’s Jules, who won four stakes and was third in the Grade 2 Super Derby; three-time stakes winner Probation Ready; and Social Probation, second in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop.

Owner: Kingfield Stables
Trainer: Bruce Levine
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $250,000 Keeneland September yearling

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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, including a 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 high-weighted 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)

 

RACE 3, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, 1 1/16 MILES, TURF, 12:37 P.M.

 

SAINT VIGEUR (2yo dark bay colt, Smart Strike—Sweet Way, by Giant’s Causeway) is the second foal and first to race out of his dam, who won a single race on dirt. Sweet Way is a daughter of Grade 1-placed turf runner Sweet Life, making her a half-sister to Champion Two-Year-Old Filly and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Sweet Catomine and Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic heroine Life Is Sweet. Sweet Catomine and Life Is Sweet are by Storm Cat, Sweet Way’s paternal grandsire.

Owner: Bill Warren
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $50,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

O’PRADO OLE (2yo chestnut colt, English Channel—Mexican Moonlight, by El Prado) looks to become the first winner from three foals to race out of his dam, a turf runner who won a minor stakes at Louisiana Downs and was second in the Grade 3 Valley View at Keeneland. O’Prado Ole’s second dam, Nellie Custis, was a stakes winner on dirt and also produced restricted turf stakes winner Pink Pallet.

Owner: Donegal Racing
Trainer: Dale Romans
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $40,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

CUMBERLAND CHIEF (2yo bay colt, Quiet American—No Knocks, by A.P. Indy) is out of an unraced daughter of Never Knock, the dam of Champion Older Horse and Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Pleasant Tap and Grade 1 Kentucky Derby victor Go for Gin. All three horses out to race out of No Knocks are winners. Cumberland Chief was the most expensive of 24 yearlings by his sire to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: Bluegrass Hall LLC
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Edgar Prado
Sales history: $22,000 Keeneland November weanling; $430,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

RACE 6, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, 1 1/16 MILES, TURF

 

WAVE THEORY (2yo bay filly, Smart Strike—Glimmering, by Sadler’s Wells) is out of a winning half-sister to Oratorio, who was France’s high-weighted 2-year-old colt after winning the Group 1 Grand Criterium. Oratorio was later named high weight 3-year-old in Ireland, having won the Group 1 Irish Champion and finished second in the Irish 2000 Guineas. He also won the Group 1 Eclipse in England. Two other half-siblings to Glimmering earned black type in Europe. Glimmering has produced two starters from three foals: Windy Gap, a seven-time winner in Sweden, and Doctor Doss, who won a maiden special weight on turf at Churchill Downs in May in his lone start to date.

Owner: Martin S. Schwartz
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $130,000 Keeneland September yearling; $275,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old

 

FLASHY GAL (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Smart Strike—Oneofacat, by Deputy Minister), out of a stakes-placed dirt runner, is a grandson of stakes winner Beware of the Cat, the dam of Hold That Tiger, who was named Europe’s Champion Two-Year-Old after winning the Group 1 Grand Criterium and finishing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and Belmont Stakes winner Editor’s Note. Oneofacat has produced one winner, Magnifi Cat, from two foals to race.

Owner: Gary & Mary West
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $250,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FLASH FORWARD (2yo chestnut filly, Curlin—Magical Flash, by Miswaki) is out of a winning mare who has produced seven black-type earners and four stakes winners. Leading the group is Take the Ribbon, who captured the Grade 3 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile and was second in the Grade 1 Garden City. Glinda the Good placed in two stakes, including the Grade 2 Pocahontas, last year as a 2-year-old and this year has won a pair of minor stakes. Bright Magic and Hot War both won stakes for Cal-breds on dirt, with the former going on to produce Grade 3 Bashford Manor victor Exfactor. A half-sister to Magical Flash, Magical Maiden, won the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet before going on to produce Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante heroine Miss Houdini.

Owner: MeB Racing Stables & Brooklyn Boyz Stables
Trainer: Dominick Schettino
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales history: $180,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 24

Jon Forbes

RACE 1, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, 5 ½ FURLONGS, TURF, 1:00 P.M.

 

POULTNEY (2yo bay filly, Eddington—Gail’s Brush, by Broad Brush) is out of a mare who won the Grade 3 Eatontown Handicap on turf. Gail’s Brush, a half-sister to turf stakes winner Private Scandal, has produced six winners from nine foals to race, with three having won on turf. The best so far has been Aud, who like her mother was a Grade 3 winner on grass, having taken the Grade 3 Pucker Up. Gail’s Drive, a half-brother to Poultney, was stakes placed on dirt.

Owner: Wilmott Stables Inc.
Trainer: Mark Hennig
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $30,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)

 

K TO THE CROFT (2yo chestnut filly, Distorted Humor—A to the Croft, by Menifee) is the first foal out of her dam, who was second in the Grade 1 Spinaway (dirt) and Grade 1 Alcibiades (synthetic) as a 2-year-old and third in the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks (synthetic) as a 3-year-old.

Owner: Michael S. Harrison
Trainer: George Weaver
Jockey: Kent Desormeaux

 

WICKAPECKO (2yo chestnut filly, Corinthian—Georgialina, by Affirmed) is a half-sister to Indian Hawke, who won the Albany, a dirt race for New York-breds. Indian Hawke is the only winner from six foals to race out of Georgialina. Turner’s Hall, a Grade 1-placed half-sister to Georgialina, produced Tamarind Hall, who last year won the Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses and was third in the Grade 1 Ballerina.

Owner: Gold Square LLC
Trainer: Bruce Brown
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales history: $57,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling; $90,000 OBS April 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 2/5 seconds, video)

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 19

Jon Forbes

RACE 1, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, SEVEN FURLONGS, DIRT, 1:00 P.M.

 

GRAND MERE (2yo bay filly, Bob and John—Petite Princess, by Dayjur) is a half-sister to Raylene, who won a pair of Grade 3 races in Western Canada, including the Grade 3 Canadian Derby at Hastings Park over males, and Princess Janie, who captured two sprint stakes at Monmouth Park. Petite Princess, who has produced seven winners from as many foals to race, was Group 3 placed in Ireland and is a half-sister to Ad Valorem, who won Group 1 races in England at the ages of 2 and 4.

Owner: Michael J. Ryan
Trainer: Michael Stidham
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $45,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

SANDSARITA (2yo chestnut filly, Street Boss—War Thief, by Lord At War) is out of a router who was a Grade 3 winner on turf and won multiple stakes on dirt. She has produced two winners from three foals to race, topped by Boss Laffite, winner of the Grade 3 Transylvania on turf.

Owner: Mike G. Rutherford
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

RACE 5, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, 1 1/16 MILES, TURF, 3:13

 

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, and Calle Vista, who won the first stakes of her career when she landed the Luther Burbank on turf at Santa Rosa in July.

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

 

J’ESPRIT (2yo bay filly, Curlin—Skip to Baghdad, by Skip Away) is a half-brother to sprinter Stormin Baghdad, who won the Bonapaw and Thanksgiving Handicap at the Fair Grounds and was third in the Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Sprint at Turfway Park. Their dam, Skip to Baghdad, has produced three total winners from four foals to race, none on turf.

Owner: Stonestreet Stables
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $72,000 Keeneland November weanling