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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 Monday, August 18, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Monday, August 18, 2014

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, 5 ½ furlongs, turf, 2:08 p.m.

CYCLOGENISIS (gray/roan colt, Stormy Atlantic—Mighty Renee, by Maria’s Mon) is a full-sister to Mighty Caroline, who won the Grade 2 Sorrento on a synthetic surface as a 2-year-old, and is a half-sister to Renee’s Queen, who took the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar. Mighty Renee is an unraced granddaughter of Grade 1 Spinaway and Grade 1 Matron winner Over All. 

Owner: Matthew Schera

Trainer: George Weaver

Jockey: Corey Laneri

Sales history: $185,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 17, 2014

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 17, 2014

Race 3, 2-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 2:04 p.m.

CARTA DE ORO (bay filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Communique, by Smart Strike) is the second foal out of her dam, who won the Grade 3 Bewitch and Grade 3 Modesty Handicap and placed in the Grade 1 Beverly D. and Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational. Communique, a half-sister to stakes winner Final Count, has produced Woodfield Springs, a winner on the turf who was third in this year’s Grade 3 Transylvania over Keeneland’s Polytrack.

Owner: G. Watts Humphrey, Jr.

Trainer: George Arnold II

Jockey: Brian Hernandez, Jr.

 

Race 5, 2-year-old fillies, 6 ½ furlongs, dirt, 3:10 p.m.

COVER UP (gray/roan filly, Tapit—Collusion, by Broad Brush) looks to become the third winner from as many foals to race out of his dam, a placed half-sister to Smuggler, named Champion Three-Year-Old Filly after winning the Grade 1 Mother Goose and Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks. Cover Up’s second dam is Hall of Famer and Champion Older Female Inside Information, who posted Grade 1 scores in the Ashland, Acorn, Breeders’ Cup Distaff, Spinster, Ruffian Handicap, and Shuvee Handicap. Inside Information herself is a half-sister to dual Grade 1 winner Educated Risk.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

DIVINE PRAISES (bay filly, by Medaglia d’Oro—Grand Prayer, by Grand Slam) is a half-sister to Malibu Prayer, who took the Grade 1 Ruffian Invitational Handicap, and Valid, who won this year’s Grade 2 Monmouth Cup. Their dam won a minor stakes at Monmouth Park and is a half-sister to Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan heroine Tap Dance and Grade 1 Carter Handicap victor Swagger Jack.

Owner: Besilu Stables & Three Chimneys Farm

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

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 16, 2014

Jon Forbes

 

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.

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, August 14

Susie Raisher

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, August 14

Race 6, All 2-year-olds, five furlongs, dirt, 3:10 p.m.

MALIBUWARRIOR (chestnut colt, Malibu Moon—Alpha Kitten, by Tale of the Cat) is the first foal from his dam, a graded stakes winner who earned  more than $225,000. Alpha Kitten was a Del Mar debut winner at 2 who went on to take Santa Anita’s G2 Santa Ynez in January of her 3-year-old season. She placed in two additional graded stakes races, all on all-weather tracks. Second dam Alpha Mama is a full-sister to Marylebone, winner of the G1 Matron at Belmont as a 2-year-old. Malibu Warrior was the fourth highest price offspring of Malibu Moon to sell as a yearling at auction in 2013.

Owner: Alto Racing, LLC

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $500,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

BINGLEY (bay colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Funny Feeling, by Distorted Humor) is the first foal from his dam. Funny Feeling broke her maiden upon her debut in the fall of her 2-year-old season at Churchill Downs. She would go on to become a stakes winner and twice stakes placed sprinting on the dirt. Funny Feeling is a daughter of Hookedonthefeelin, a Grade 1 winner. Other offspring of Hookedonthefeelin include Grade 1 winners Pussycat Doll and Jimmy Creed, the latter of which is a full-brother to Funny Feeling. All three achieved their success at sprint distances on the dirt. Bingley was among the top 10 auction yearlings for his sire.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Christopher DeCarlo

Sales history: $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga 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, Susie Raisher, and Lily Pierce