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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 Saturday, August 30, 2014

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 30, 2014

Race 1, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 1:00 p.m.

CONGRATS TO KEN (bay colt, Congrats—Never a No Hitter) is a half-brother to Tizahit, who won the Grade 2 Demoiselle. Their dam has produced two winners on the dirt from three starters. Never a No Hitter is an unraced daughter of Grade 3 Thoroughbred Club of America and Grade 3 Shirley Jones Handicap winner Jeano, who was unplaced in her lone start on the grass. 

Owner: Jim & Susan Hill

Trainer: George Weaver

Jockey: Joseph Rocco, Jr.

Sales history: $65,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

ANDALUSITE (bay colt, El Corredor—Avery Hall, by A. P Jet) is a half-brother to Sheza Smoke Show, who won this year’s running of the Grade 3 Senorita on the turf. Their dam has produced three winners from as many starters, with two having won on the turf. Avery Hall herself won a restricted stakes on the dirt at Monmouth Park.

Owner: William J. Punk, Jr. & Philip DiLeo

Trainer: David Donk

Jockey: Manuel Franco

Sales history: $47,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

QUIMET (chestnut colt, Birdstone—Comanche Star, by Saint Ballado) is a half-brother to Declan’s Warrior, a sprinter who took the Grade 3 Bay Shore; and Canonize, who won the Santana Mile at Santa Anita and placed in a pair of graded stakes. Declan’s Warrior and Canonize are the only winners from four starters out of Comanche Star, who won a single race on the dirt in 13 starts.

Owner: Lucky Shamrock Stable

Trainer: Nicholas Zito

Jockey: Angel Arroyo

 

SIERRA DELTA (chestnut colt, English Channel—Supreme Council, by Rahy) is out of a placed half-sister to Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner George Vancouver and Saarland, winner of the Grade 2 Remsen and second in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap on the dirt. Supreme Council has produced a pair of turf winners from three starters.

Owner: Zayat Stables

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Luis Saez

 

VESPERS AT EIGHT (chestnut gelding, Afleet Alex—Classofsixtythree, by Include) is the first foal out of his dam, who was third in the Grade 1 Ruffian Invitational Handicap. Classofsixtythree was 0-0-1 in six starts on the turf.

Owner: Lee Pokoik

Trainer: Gary Contessa

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Sales history: $35,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 4/5 seconds, video)

 

EPSILON (bay colt, Desert Party—Munnaya, by Nijinsky II) is a half-brother to Alpha, who on the dirt has won the Grade 1 Woodward and dead-heated for the top spot in the Grade 1 Travers; and Mystic Melody, who in France won a listed stakes and was Group 3 placed. Their dam has produced nine winners (six on the turf) from nine starters, including three stakes-placed runners. Munnaya herself won a listed stakes in France and is a half-sister to Sheer Reason and Mall Queen, both listed stakes winners/group stakes-placed runners in France.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

 

GUSTNADO (dark bay or brown colt, Smart Strike—Blithe, by Unbridled) is out of an unraced half-sister to Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegaus. Blithe is by a grandson of Fusaichi Pegasus’s sire, Mr. Prospector. She has produced for winners from as many starters, with no turf winners.

Owner: Matthew Schera

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales history: $95,000 Keeneland November weanling $285,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, seven furlongs, dirt, 1:33 p.m.

ESCALATE (chestnut colt, Eskendereya—Holy Princess, by Holy Bull) is a half-brother to Silver Heart, a three-time stakes winner at Charles Town; Aspenglow, who won three stakes at Charles Town and captured a single stakes, and was second in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park; and Silver Cup, who took a restricted stakes at Charles Town. Their dam, who was winless in five starts, has produced five winners from seven starters.

Owner: Ron Winchell

Trainer: Steven Asmussen

Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan

Sales history: $70,000 Keeneland November weanling; $200,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

GOLD SHIELD (dark bay or brown colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Dream Supreme, by Seeking the Gold) is a half-brother to Grade 1 Hopeful winner Majestic Warrior; Crystal Current, who took the Suncoast Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs; and Evolutionist, who on the turf won the Woodchopper Stakes at the Fair Grounds and was third in the Grade 3 Jaipur. Evolutionist is by El Prado, the sire of Medaglia d’Oro. Gold Shield’s dam was a sprinter who won the Grade 1 Test and Grade 1 Ballerina Handicap and four other graded stakes. His second dam, Spinning Round, also won the Grade 1 Ballerina. Gold Shield was the third most expensive yearling by Medaglia d’Oro to sell at auction in 2013.

Owner: Lane’s End Racing & Kinsman Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales history: $1 million Keeneland September yearling

 

A LOT (bay colt, Tapit—Overly Tempting, by In Excess) is out of a mare who was third in the Grade 1 Santa Monica Handicap on a synthetic surface. Overly Tempting, a half-sister to five-time stakes winner Tempting Date, has one previous starter, Chairman Crooks, who has won two races on the turf and one on the turf, and finished second in a juvenile stakes at Canterbury Park.

Owner: Amerman Racing

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Sales history: $410,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Race 4, All 2-year-olds, seven furlongs, dirt, 2:41 p.m.

KICK OFF (bay colt, Bernardini—Game Face, by Menifee) is the second foal and first starter out of his dam, who won six graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap. Game Face was primarily a sprinter, but did finish second in the Grade 2 Davona Dale Handicap at one mile.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

 

 

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 between Jon Forbes and Susie Raisher.

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Monday, August 25, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Monday, August 25, 2014

Race 5, 2-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 3:14 p.m.

MY SENSES (bay filly, Street Sense—Palmilla, by Crowd Pleaser) is out of a grass runner who won the Grade 3 Robert G. Dick Memorial and placed in four other stakes. She has produced two starters to date, both winners on the turf.

Owner: Augustin Stable

Trainer: H. Graham Motion

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

 

COMPLICATED (bay filly, Blame—Consequence, by El Prado) is the first foal out of his dam, who won the American 1000 Guineas on the turf and was third sprinting over a synthetic surface in the Grade 2 Beaumont. Consequence is a half-sister to Strategy, who won a minor stakes at Aqueduct, and daughter of Educated Risk, who won six graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Frizette and Grade 1 Top Flight Handicap. Educated Risk was a half-sister to Hall of Famer and champion Inside Information.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

 

LADY ELI (Divine Park—Sacre Coeur, by Saint Ballado) is a half-sister to Bizzy Caroline, who won the Grade 3 Regret and Grade 3 Mint Julep on the grass. His dam won a single race, a maiden special weight on the grass at Aqueduct Racetrack, in three starts and has produced one other winner – Montmarte, whose sole victory came on the grass in England – from a total of four starters. Sacre Coeur is a half-sisterto Changing Ways, who took the Grade 2 Schuylerville on the dirt; Jacodra’s Devil, who won the Santa Anita Breeders’ Cup Handicap on the dirt and was second by a nose in the Grade 2 Buena Vista Handicap on the turf; and Jacodra, victorious in the Grade 2 Portrero Grande Handicap on the dirt.

Owner: Sheep Pond Partners

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $160,000 Keeneland September yearling; $160,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 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 between Jon Forbes and Susie Raisher.

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 23, 2014

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 23, 2014

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 12:05 p.m.

DISPERSION (dark bay or brown colt, Arch—Miss Lodi, by Mr. Greeley) is out of a mare who won the Grade 3 Safely Kept and was third in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff Handicap. She was off the board in her single start on the turf. Miss Lodi has produced four winners from five starters, one on the turf and two on all-weather surfaces.

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $150,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

IMPERIA (dark bay or brown colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Cocoa Beach, by Doneraile Court) is the first foal out of his dam, a successful runner on three different continents and on three different surfaces. Cocoa Beach won a pair of Group 3 races in Chile and the UAE 1000 Guineas and UAE Oaks in the United Arab Emirates on the dirt before she came to the United States. Stateside, she won the Grade 1 Beldame Invitational on the dirt and the Grade 1 Matriarch on the turf. She also was second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff on a synthetic surface. Cocoa Beach is a half-sister to Via Los Andes, who won a Group 3 race and placed in a pair of Group 1 events in Argentina.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

 

VOGNER (bay colt, Point Given—Violet Lady, by Seattle Slew) is a half-brother to Skyring, who has won the Grade 2 Dixie and Grade 2 Mervyn H. Muniz Handicap on the turf. He also is a half-brother to Caballero Negro, who won a minor stakes on the dirt and was promoted to third via disqualification in the Grade 3 Calder Derby on the turf; and Greenspring, who took the Grade 2 General George on the dirt. Their dam, who was winless in four starts, also has produced three stakes-placed runners.

Owner: Calumet Farm

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Luis Saez

 

Race 4, All 2-year-olds, six furlongs, dirt, 1:09 p.m.

BIRD HUMOR (chestnut gelding, Distorted Humor—Bird Legacy, by Mineshaft) is the first foal out of his dam, an unraced half-sister to champion Bird Town and classic winner Birdstone. Bird Town was named Champion Three-Year-Old Filly after winning the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and Grade 1 Acorn. Birdstone won the Grade 1 Champagne as a 2-year-old before going on to upset Smarty Jones in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes and capture the Grade 1 Travers.

Owner: Marylou Whitney Stables

Trainer: Nicholas Zito

Jockey: Joe Bravo

 

LUDICROUS (dark bay or brown colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Victory Ride, by Seeking the Gold) is out of a mare who won the Grade 1 Test. Victory Ride, a half-sister to Grade 1 Hollywood Derby victor River Flyer, has produced six winners from as many starters, including Magical Ride, who was third in the Grade 2 Adirondack. Ludicrous is the most expensive of 10 juveniles by his sire to sell at auction this year.

Owner: Robert LaPenta & Sheep Pond Partners

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $140,000 Keeneland September yearling; $770,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (two furlongs in 20 seconds, video)

 

TAP IT OFF (dark bay or brown colt, Tapit—Kalahari Cat, by Cape Town) is a half-brother to Black Onyx, winner of the Grade 2 Spiral on a synthetic surface; Francois, who won a minor stakes at Arlington Park; and Quality Council, third in the Grade 2 Nashua. Four of five starters out of Kalahari Cat have won. Tap It Off’s second dam is a winning full-sister to Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint heroine Desert Stormer.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

FROSTED (gray/roan colt, Tapit—Fast Cookie, by Deputy Minister) is out of a mare who won the Grade 2 Cotillion on the dirt and a division of the restricted De La Rose on the grass. Fast Cookie is a half-sister to Midshipman, who was named Champion Two-Year-Old Colt after winning the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on synthetic tracks. Both starters out of Fast Cookie have won.

Owner: Godolphin Racing

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

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 between Jon Forbes and Susie Raisher.

 

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, August 22, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, August 22, 2014

Race 7, 2-year-old fillies, six furlongs, dirt, 4:10 p.m.

PATH (gray/roan filly, Tapit—Carriage Trail, by Giant’s Causeway) looks to become the first winner out of his Grade 1-winning dam, who has one other starter to date. Carriage Trail won the Grade 1 Spinster on a synthetic surface and the restricted De La Rose on turf, and was third in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff Handicap on the dirt. Path’s second dam, Manoa, placed in a pair of Grade 3 races and has produced Forest Trail, who was Grade 3 placed on grass.

Owner: Stuart S. Janney III & Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

 

GAP YEAR (bay filly, Bernardini—Dubai Escapade, by Awesome Again) is out of a sprinter who won the Grade 1 Ballerina, Grade 2 Madison, and Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap. Dubai Escapade, whose lone previous starter has one win in seven starts, is a half-sister to Madcap Escapade, winner of the Grade 1 Ashland, and Real Estate, who captured a sprint stakes at Suffolk Downs. Madcap Escapade has gone on two produce Grade 1-winning juvenile Mi Sueno.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

SIERRA OLIVIA (dark bay or brown filly, Pulpit—Strike the Sky, by Smart Strike) is a half-sister to turf runners Hudson Steele, winner of the Grade 2 Dixie, and Lauren Byrd, who was second in the listed Jessamine. All six starters out of Strike the Sky have won, including four on the dirt.

Owner: R R Partners & Jay W. Bligh

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

 

SOUPER SOCIAL (chestnut filly, Distorted Humor—Social Page, by A.P. Indy) is the first foal out of her dam, a winning full-sister to Secret Status, who took the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and Grade 1 Mother Goose, and Alumni Hall, who captured the Grade 3 Ben Ali and Grade 3 Fayette. She also is a half-sister to Private Gift, a stakes winner at Louisiana Downs.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $575,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

ALSO ELIGIBLE/DRAWS IN WITH SCRATCH OF CLOTHES FALL OFF

TIPPANY (gray/roan filly, Tapit—Shop Here, by Dehere) is a half-sister to Fifth Avenue, who won the listed Fashion Stakes and was second in the Grade 2 Adirondack as a juvenile; and stakes-placed sprinter Shoptate. Their dam is a winning half-sister to Miss Shop, heroine of the Grade 1 Personal Ensign, and Trappe Shot, victorious in the Grade 2 Vosburgh and second in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational. Four of six starters out of Shop Here have won.

Owner: Patricia Pavlish

Trainer: Timothy Hamm

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

Sales history: $500,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

ALSO ELIGIBLE

BONNET PLUME (bay filly, Bernardini—Little Bonnet, by Coronado’s Quest) is a half-sister to Boys at Tosconova, who won the Grade 1 Hopeful and was second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. All three starters out of Little Bonnet –who was third in an off-the-turf edition of the Sands Point, which was ungraded after being transferred to the main track – have won.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

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 between Jon Forbes and Susie Raisher.