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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 10, 2014

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 10, 2014

Race 4, 2-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 2:37 p.m.

FLYING TIPAT(bay filly, Tapit—Flying Marlin, by Marlin) is a full-sister to Tapitsfly, who won five stakes on the turf, including the Grade 1 Longines Just a Game, Grade 1 First Lady, and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Two of five starters out of Flying Marlin have won, both on the turf. Flying Marlin herself won four races, three on the grass.

Owner: Frank L. Jones Jr.

Trainer: Dale Romans

Jockey: Robby Albarado

 

MISS ALWAYS READY (dark bay or brown filly, More Than Ready—Miss Seffens, by Dehere) is a full-sister to More Than Real, who won the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and was third in the Grade 1 Garden City. Their dam was a sprinter who won stakes at Turfway Park, Oaklawn, Prairie Meadows, Ellis Park, and Keeneland. She was unplaced in her lone turf start. Miss Seffens has produced two winners from four starters, with More Than Ready being her only turf winner.

Owner: Three Chimneys Farm

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $400,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 9 3/5 seconds, video)

 

HAIL CORNELL (bay filly, All American—Cayuga’s Waters, by Langfuhr) is a half-sister to Glorious View, who won the Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap on the dirt; Cascadilla Falls, who took the Lucy Scribner on the turf; and Highball, third in this year’s Grade 3 American Derby on the grass. Their dam won four races, including an off-the-turf edition of the Pebbles at Belmont.

Owner: Laue Ranch

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

TRENSITA (chestnut filly, Curlin—Trensa, by Giant’s Causeway) is the first foal out of her dam, who was third in the Grade 3 Robert G. Dick handicap on the turf and is a half-sister to Batique, a three-time graded stakes winner on the grass. Trensita’s second dam, Serape, was a sprinter who won the Grade 1 Ballerina.

Owner: Helen K. Groves

Trainer: Michael Matz

Jockey: Luis Saez

 

Race 7, 2-year-old fillies, 5 ½ furlongs, dirt, 4:18 p.m.

BLAME DIXIE (dark bay or brown filly, Blame—I’m From Dixie, by Dixieland Band) is the second starter out of his dam, a placed half-sister to four stakes winners: Sweet Vendetta, who took the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan; Half Heaven, who won four stakes at Turfway Park; Love Cove, a two-time stakes winner on the turf against New York-breds; and Doll Baby, who captured a restricted stakes at Finger Lakes. I’m From Dixie’s only starter to date is unplaced in two starts.

Owner: Bridlewood Farm & Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $150,000 Keeneland November weanling; $300,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

CORALBEACH (bay filly, Tale of the Cat—Coral Genius, by Smart Strike) is a half-sister to Desert Power, a two-time winner of the Group 2 Premio Seleccion de Velocistas in Chile. Their dam, who has produced four winners from four starters, is an unraced half-sister to Cool Coal Man, who won the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth and was third in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational; and Kathleens Reel, a stakes winner at Hawthorne and Delta Downs.

Owner: Sumaya US Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

PUCA (bay filly, Big Brown—Boat’s Ghost, by Silver Ghost) is a half-sister to Finnegans Wake, who has won the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap and finished third in the Grade 1 Secretariat. Their dam, who was second in a stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Prairie Meadows, has produced three winners from as many starters.

Owner: Donegal Racing

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Sales history: $90,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

I’LL SHOW ME (bay filly, Bernardini—Pacific Spell, by Langfuhr) is a half-sister to Proud Spell, who annexed the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, Grade 1 Alabama, Grade 2 Delaware Oaks, and Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks en route to being named Champion Three-Year-Old Filly. At 2, Proud Spell was second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Their dam has produced three winners from four starters. I’ll Show Me was the most expensive of 25 yearlings by Bernardini to sell at auction in 2013.

Owner: Baumann Stables & Aaron Sones

Trainer: H. Graham Motion

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $1.3 million Keeneland September yearling

 

TREASURE (bay filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Proposal, by Mt. Livermore) is a half-sister to four stakes winners. The most accomplished of the group is Inspired, a sprinter who won five stakes on the turf and one on the dirt. The group also includes Elope, winner of a minor stakes at Churchill Downs and runner-up in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap; Imitation, who took the listed Glorious Song Stakes at Woodbine as a 2-year-old; and Silver City, winner of the Dixieland and second in the Grade 3 Southwest at Oaklawn Park. Their dam was second in the listed Dearly Precious at Aqueduct Racetrack and is a full-sister to Multiple Choice, who posted Grade 3 triumphs in the Sport Page Handicap, Gravesend Handicap, and Jaipur and was third in the Grade 1 Forego.

Owner: Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds

Trainer: James Jerkens

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

 

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, Susie Raisher, and Lily Pierce

 

TimeformUS Analysis for August 10

TimeformUS Analyst Mike Beer

TimeformUS Saratoga Analysis for Sunday, Aug 10

Race 1:  Early Pick 3 kicks off with a potentially loaded race for 2yo NY-bred maidens.  We are usually partial to experienced runners in these races, and #5 Thank You will be making career start #3 in this spot.  Forget about his turf debut. We are expecting good things from the runners involved in that opening race here on July 20th and thought Thank You ran very well that day despite coming up just short.  Of the firsters, #3 Market Conduct is a $100k yearling purchase, by Super Saver, and his dam's first 5 foals were all winners.   #6 Tiz Time to Shine is the first foal from a multiple stakes winning dam.  And #7 Bellamy Way goes for a hot trainer who saddled a 2yo debut winner up here last summer. 
 
Selections:  5-7-6-3
 
 
Race 2:  For the most part, race 2 comes down to the second-time starter #5 Tiger D or the returnee #7 John Bailey.  Tiger D was the lone first-time starter in his open company debut at Churchill and finished very gamely to just miss after having to steady at the break.  He's going to be tough if bringing that race up here against fellow NY-breds.  John Bailey has dangerous speed and improved his figures from start to start as a 2yo on turf.  Eligible to have improved during his time off, he gets a change to a promising young trainer. 
 
Selections:  7-5-4-8
 
 
Race 3:  Competitive group of NY-bred dirt routers lines up to go 9 furlongs, and with the speed starting from the three outside posts, we're anticipating an honestly run race early.  That should play to the advantage of #2 The Brothers Rap, who has been settling for minor awards recently but owns the top Late Pace rating in the field.  
 
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#3 Went the Day Well will garner plenty of attention with that close 4th-place finish in the 2012 Kentucky Derby appearing in his running lines, and he is eligible for better in his second start back from a long layoff, but we're still not sure how good he ever really was. We don't want a short price on him.
 
Selections:  2-1-6-3

 

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Race 4:  #4 Lady of Victory flashed speed and tired in her main track debut; now switches to turf and stretches out for her second career start.  Has enough pedigree to suggest that she was getting a run in first time out to prepare for this.  #2 Flying Tipat is a full sister to Tapitsfly, who was a multiple Grade 1 winner over turf for this trainer a couple of years ago.   #8 Thebeatofthestreet is bred for turf on both sides, and her trainer is adept at winning with 2yo first-time starters on turf, particularly up here.  #7 Miss Always Ready is a full sister to More Than Real, who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf for Todd Pletcher a few years ago.  #9 Trensita is the first foal from a dam who was Grade 3 placed on turf.  

Selections:  4-2-8-9
 
 
Race 5:  #5 Duke of Perth finished behind a couple of these when 6th on opening day, but he did not have the best of it that day.  The pace was slow, and Duke of Perth was taken all the way back to last in the early stages before racing on without threat through the stretch.  He can do better than that second off the layoff, and he ran well several times over this distance in Europe.  
 
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#4 Bingo Kitten was similarly compromised when trying to close from last in a paceless race earlier in the meet.  Distance is a bigger question for him.  Bit of a guess with #1 Rankhasprivileges, who has started only once on grass to this point. That was in a Graded Stakes race, and while we think he is better suited to other surfaces, he has improved over dirt recently.  
 
Selections:  5-1-4-3
 
 
Race 6:  With plenty of speed signed on here, including the #2 Visionandaprayer, #3 Ziptronic, and #9 Petey Cramer, we went looking for closers.  While #6 With Exultation may be the most logical horse fitting that bill, he is now almost fully exposed after a good runner-up performance here early in the meet.  We'll use him, but in the interest of looking for a better price, we'll go out of the box a bit with #8 So Scott.  He's a better closing sprinter than anything else, in our opinion, and he ran a couple of races on turf early in his career that suggest he's not out of his element on this surface.  We could also use #12 Special Selection, who likes to make one run from off the pace.  He should revert back to being a bigger price today, and he's outrun his odds more than once in the past.
 
Selections:  8-6-12-3
 
 
Race 7:  #2 Blame Dixie looked good powering through a furlong in 10.2 prior to being purchased for $300k and turned over to Pletcher.  It's becoming futile to play against these Warrior's Reward firsters, and he has another one here with #6 Highly Conditional, who goes for win-early connections.  #9 I'll Show Me is a $1.3 million half-sister to Kentucky Oaks and Alabama winner Proud Spell, and will debut for Graham Motion.  #3 Sophronia is a half to Wine Police, who was a debut winner up here a few years ago before placing in the Grade 1 Hopeful, and her trainer has already saddled a 2yo debut winner at the meet.
 
Selections:  3-2-6-9
 
 
Race 8:  #3 All Cash finally got his long overdue maiden win last time after a perfect trip.  He's always had potential, so perhaps getting that first win will propel him to better things, and he does project to be in a perfect trip here in a race without much pace.  
 
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#8 Kwacha often settles for minor awards, but he ran well at Monmouth last time after being forced to take a wide run out of the turn.  #12 Part is a 3yo dropping in class for the first time after failing to come forward off of a pair of promising efforts earlier in the season.  Has little early speed and drew poorly on the outside.
 
Selections:  3-8-12-9
 
 
Race 9:  #7 Empressive Humor will have to step it up a bit from her debut, but she is eligible to do so, and we liked what we saw from her first time out as she was able to keep a hot firster from Pletcher's barn in range early and then overpower her late.  #4 Take Charge Brandi earned the top TimeformUS Speed Figure in the field for her dead-game runner-up finish vs. the promising Fashion Alert in the Grade 3 Schuylerville here on opening day.  That came on the heels of a highly impressive debut win.  #3 Angela Renee has a big pedigree, and she ran to it when breaking her maiden with a strong TFUS Speed Figure of 93 first time out.  
 
Selections:  7-4-3-5
 
 
Race 10:  #8 Stanford impressed winning first out at Monmouth and figures to be a square price for a Pletcher-trained 2yo off of that effort.  #7 Cinco Charlie may not have much further to go, but he's a forward-moving 2yo who has impressed in each of his three starts to date, and he's already a graded stakes winner.  Could easily be argued that he was best in the Sanford after engaging in a race-long duel.  #3 Mr. Z endured a troubled trip in the Sanford and emerged an unlucky loser, though he didn't necessarily have it any worse than Cinco Charlie did, all things considered, and he may be overbet off of his noticeable difficulties.
 
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Selections:  8-7-3-10
 
 
Race 11:  #11 Grand Rapport has gotten back into form on turf recently, and he's found the right spot with a fast pace projected if he draws in.  #3 Nineinthenine worked a good trip toward the inside and finished gamely up here early in the meet in what was an encouraging performance first back from a long layoff.  Projects for a nice inside ground-saving trip away from that fast pace.  #2 Tapitdar is also second off the layoff after running well first time back.  He's never run his best race at Saratoga, but he has mostly faced better than this up here.
 

Selections:  11-3-2-7

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TimeformUS Analysis for Aug 9

TimeformUS Analyst Mike Beer

TimeformUS Saratoga Analysis for Saturday, Aug 9

Race 1:  Tough opener as all seven entrants have a typical effort in a similar speed figure range. With Pace Projector favoring runners on or near the early lead, we will cast our lot with #2 Island Candy.  She has flashed sharp speed more than once in the past, and we like the turf-to-dirt move for this barn (80 trainer rating), as well as the cut-back in distance.  

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#4 Wraith is the horse to beat on the heels of what feels more and more like an unlucky loss last time at this level.  At the very least, she ran a winning race that day behind a very live winner. #1 Gem City Gal is dropping and is fast enough to win; just needs to work out the right trip from the rail.

Selections:  2-4-1-6
 
 
Race 2:  Difficult maiden claimer features a pair of drop-downs on the outside who figure to take the bulk of the play: #7 Madd Exchange for Pletcher, and #8 Hi Speed Chase, who has plenty of speed and gets a trainer change for this.  We get their appeal and understand why they are the two to beat in here,  but we will try to get a little better price with the other class-dropper, #5 Ireland's Eye.  He too has speed, and he gets a switch from turf to dirt for a trainer who gets a perfect 100 rating with that move.  
 
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Selections:  5-8-7-2
 
 
Race 3:  #9 Jonrah did well to get 3rd last time after rating back and moving around a stopper in a race that was dominated up front.  Has consistently run races that are competitive with these horses, and should have at least an honest pace in front of him.  #5 Storm is the horse to beat as he looks to keep his undefeated turf record intact.  Has displayed admirable versatility since coming back to his preferred surface for his last two starts.  #3 Adirondack Dancer is capable of a race that would make him quite tough in here, and he has the tactical speed to pull any kind of trip.  #10 Make a Decision was a very unlucky loser in a good field last time and will be tough with a similar effort, but he took the worst of the post position draw.  
 
Selections:  9-5-3-10
 
 
Race 4:  #2 Two Weeks Off was a $320k yearling buy, and he has a solid line up of works showing for Pletcher, who has already won with five 2yos at this meet.  #3 Requite is by hot new sire Warrior's Reward and he sports a series of 5-furlong works for a dangerous trainer.  #6 Call Daddy worked a quick 10.1 at OBS April before bringing $175k and also appears to be working well for a trainer who does excellent work, though he hasn't debuted many 2yos over the years. #4 Da Jenius has a big pedigree and is eligible to be a runner.
 
Selections:  2-3-6-4
 
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Race 5:  #1A Be Bullish is the clear horse to beat in this $20k claimer restricted to NY-breds and is a likely winner with one of his better efforts, and since he's a 9yo, we won't be too negative about the big class drop.  Barn has struggled mightily since racing shifted upstate, however, and we cannot fully trust him at a short price.  As an alternative, we'll hope that #2 Quiet Power can get back to the form he was holding last year off the claim by this very sharp owner.  He's second off the long layoff here while dropping in class, though he'll clearly have to come way forward from that last one.  We could also include #7 Pretension as he comes back to his preferred surface after a pair of even efforts over turf.
 
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Selections:  2-1/1A-7-8
 
 
Race 6:  #8 Zippity City is a City Zip from a dam who is a half-sister to the Grade 3 turf winner Tasha's Miracle, and he shows up with some good looking works for a dangerous trainer.  #10 Royal Squeeze has plenty of pedigree for trainer Chad Brown, who tends to have his 2yo first-time starters ready to go long on grass, especially up here.  #9 King of New York is a half to Waterway Run, a recent Grade 3 winner on grass in NY.  Bill Mott has a pair of very well-bred first-time starters down inside in #2 Tariff and #3 Dubai Sky, though he isn't known to push his runners for early success.
 
Selections:  8-10-9-3
 
 
Race 7:  #1 Sioux will have to be ready off the layoff, but he's eligible to improve as a 3yo, and we liked what we saw from him toward the end of last year.  Lost all chance with a bad stumble at the break behind the talented Samraat when last seen, but defeated a good field that included today's ML favorite, #4 Groupthink, on the square prior to that.  Groupthink is the horse to beat, but we've said that before and he is beginning to pile up the short-priced losses.  #7 Gran the Man impressed in front-running score over maidens downstate, and Pace Projector indicates that he may be at an early advantage once again.
 
Selections:  1-4-7-5
 
 
Race 8:  Guaranteed Late Pick 4 kicks off with a clear horse to beat in #1 Point Roll.  He disappointed greatly as a solid favorite when last seen, but his grass race of May 21 would be too much for this field. He has a good post inside, and with Pace Projector indicating that a fast pace is on tap for this race, he may fall into a perfect ground-saving trip.  If he bombs again, it becomes wide open, but we'd back up with only #4 Archer Hill and #8 Birchwood Road.
 
Selections:  1-4-8-10
 
 
Race 9:  Both #2 Kiss Me Lola and #10 Ballerina Belle were compromised on opening day behind an average and uncompetitive pace, and neither could reach the front-running winner late.  A fast pace is projected for this race, which will play more to their favor, especially Ballerina Belle's, as she got going too late over this shorter sprint distance last time before blowing by after the wire.  
 
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#5 Jitney can also take advantage if things start coming apart late, and she'll offer value in this spot.
 
Selections:  10-2-5-1
 
 
Race 10:  Short but solid field set to line up in Wise Dan's absence, with #1 Silver Max the horse to beat. Ultra-consistent speedster can take charge from his inside post, and he has proven difficult to close down when allowed to control things early.  #2 Seek Again and #3 Jack Milton are both capable with their best but will have to hope that #5 Sayaad takes the race to Silver Max early, which is not out of the question.
Selections:  1-5-3-2
 
 
Race 11:  New face #7 Trophee has a big pedigree and will get first-time Lasix as she ships in to race out of Christophe Clement's barn for the first time.  Of the others, #3 Coronette and #6 Forensic have run the best races to date.  #5 Easton Arch is eligible to come forward a bit after getting a little break, and we would prefer to include her, though she is cross-entered to a race at Monmouth should Shug decide not to run two in this spot.
 
Selections:  7-5-3-6
 
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Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 9, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 9, 2014

Race 4, All 2-year-olds, 5 ½ furlongs, dirt, 2:37 p.m.

TWO WEEKS OFF (dark bay or brown colt, Harlan’s Holiday—Havenlass, by Elusive Quality) is the second foal out of his dam, an unraced half-sister to Royal Haven, a sprinter who won four graded stakes (Grade 2 General George Handicap, Grade 2 Fall Highweight Handicap, Grade 2 A Phenomenon, Grade 3 Gravesend Handicap); and Belterra, who won the Grade 2 Golden Rod and was third in the Grade 1 Ashland. Havenlass’ only other starter, Mare and Cher, won a maiden claiming race in May at Belmont Park.

Owner: Starlight Racing

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $170,000 Keeneland November weanling; $320,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling

 

DA JENIUS (bay colt, Malibu Moon—Madcap Escapade, by Hennessy) is a half-brother to Mi Sueno, a daughter of Pulpit who in her brief career won the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante and Grade 3 Sorrento. Both Da Jenius and Mi Sueno are by sons of A.P. Indy. Da Jenius’ dam was primarily a sprinter, but she did win the Grade 1 Ashland and was third in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks over a route of ground. She also won the Grade 2 Forward Gal, Grade 2 Shirley Jones Handicap, and Grade 3 Madison. Madcap Escapade is a half-sister to Grade 1 Ballerina winner Dubai Escapade.

Owner: Southern Equine Stable

Trainer: Eric Guillot

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

Sales history: $350,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FIRST DOWN (bay colt, Street Sense—Storm Lily, by Storm Cat) is a half-brother to Gold City, who was second in a listed stakes in England as a juvenile. Their dam was unplaced in two starts, while their second dam, Crimplene, won three Group 1 races: the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Coronation, and Nassau.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

PROVEN COMMODITY (dark bay or brown colt, Bernardini—Sahara Gold, by Seeking the Gold) is a half-brother to Better Lucky, who has won the Grade 1 Matriarch and Grade 1 First Lady on the grass; and Sahara Heat, who took the Grade 3 Marine over the all-weather at Woodbine. Sahara Gold herself won the Grade 2 Beaumont. Proven Commodity’s second dam is Desert Stormer, who posted an upset win over males in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup sprint.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey:  Rajiv Maragh

Sales history:

 

DADA MAINO (bay colt, Super Saver—Piazza Grande, by Hennessy) is out an unraced half-sister to Grade 1 Haskell Invitational winner and Grade 1 Belmont Stakes runner-up Paynter; Tiz West, who won the Grade 3 Cinema Handicap on the grass; and Tizakitty, who took the listed Kalookan Queen Handicap at Santa Anita. Piazza Grande has produced one winner from four starters.

Owner: Sumaya US Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

Race 6, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 3:58 p.m.

DUBAI SKY (bay colt, Candy Ride—House of Danzing, by Chester House) is a full-brother to Twirling Candy, who won the Grade 1 Malibu and Grade 2 Strub on the dirt, the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby on the turf, and the Grade 2 Californian on a synthetic surface. Dubai Sky also is a half-brother to Ethnic Division, who last year won the second division of the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby. Twirling Candy and Ethnic Division are the only two starters out of their dam, who had a runner-up finish in two starts.

Owner: Besilu Stables

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

FOWLER AVENUE (gray/roan colt, Zensational—Steph’s Tee, by Lil E. Tee) is a half-brother to Tee Game, who won a restricted stakes over the all-weather at Woodbine. Their dam, a three-time winner on the dirt who is a full-sister to Indiana Downs stakes winner Tee to Green, has produced four winners from five starters, with Tee Game being her only winner on the grass.

Owner: MeB Racing Stables LLC & Brooklyn Boyz Stables

Trainer: Dominick Schettino

Jockey: Corey Lanerie

Sales history: $95,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

SUMMER DANCER (gray/roan colt, Pulpit—Summer Wind Dancer, by Siberian Summer) is out of a mare who won the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap and Grade 3 Hawthorne Handicap and was third in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet. Summer Wind Dancer’s progeny include Bahama Bound, who placed in four stakes, including the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap. Four of six starters out of Summer Wind Dancer have won, including two on the turf.

Owner: Z R J Stables

Trainer: David Cannizzo

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

Sales history: $90,000 Keeneland January yearling

 

ROYAL SQUEEZE (chestnut colt, Wildcat Heir—Mop Squeezer, by Roanoke) is a half-brother to Callmethesqueeze, who won two stakes on the turf and one on the dirt at Calder; and Squeezer’s Palace, who took a restricted stakes on the dirt at River Downs. Their dam won three stakes on the dirt at Calder and has produced six winners from seven starters, including three on the turf.

Owner: James Covello, Thomas Coleman & Doheny Racing Stable

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $310,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

 

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, Susie Raisher, and Lily Pierce