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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, September 1, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Monday, September 1, 2014

Race 7, All 2-year-olds, 5 ½ furlongs, dirt, 4:15 p.m.

CARPE DIEM (chestnut colt, Giant’s Causeway—Rebridled Dreams, by Unbridled’s Song) is the sixth foal from his dam, a stakes winner going long on dirt. All four to race have won, including a pair of stakes winners. The first, Doncaster Rover, was a multiple stakes winner and was multiple group stakes-placed sprinting on the turf in England. The second, J. B.’s Thunder, broke his maiden upon debut routing here on the Saratoga turf. He went on to take the Grade 1 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity going 1 1/16 on Keeneland’s all-weather surface. Carpe Diem was Giant’s Causeway’s second highest-priced yearling to sell at auction in 2012 and his sire’s most expensive 2-year-old in training for this year.

Owner: WinStar Farm & Stonestreet Stables

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $550,000 Keeneland September yearling; $1,600,000 OBS March 2-year-old in training (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

 

READY FOR RYE (bay gelding, City Zip—Embroidery, by More Than Ready) is the first foal from his dam, who won two of five starts, both sprinting on the grass. Embroidery is a half-sister to Furthest Land, a multiple graded stakes winner whose biggest triumph came in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile when it was conducted on Santa Anita’s all-weather surface. Ready For Rye’s third dam, Flamboyance, produced Dynever, a multiple graded stakes winner routing on dirt who earned better than $1.4 million.

Owner: Chalk Racing

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $70,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

ASK CHUCK (bay colt, Elusive Quality—Chasetheragingwind, by Dayjur) is a half-brother to Here Comes Ben, winner of the Grade 1 Forego right here at Saratoga. Their dam is a half-sister to a pair of multiple group stakes winners sprinting on turf, King Charlemagne and Meshaheer. Both achieved their first group success as juveniles. A half-sister to Ask Chuck’s dam, Chasethewildwind, produced Albertus Maximus, who won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on all-weather and the Grace 1 Donn Handicap on dirt.

Owner: Brandon & Marianne Chase

Trainer: Charles LoPresti

Jockey: Dylan Davis

 

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 Sunday, August 31, 2014

Susie Raisher

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 31, 2014

Race 7, 2-year-old fillies, seven furlongs, dirt, 4:11 p.m.

LADY SERENA (bay filly, Bernardini—Serena’s Cat, by Storm Cat) is the third foal from her dam. Serena’s Cats first two foals both debuted as winners here at Saratoga before going on to become graded stakes winners. The first, Noble Tune for the same connections at 2 took the Grade 3 Pilgrim and at 3 garnered the Grade 2 American Turf, both grass races. The second, was second in the Grade 1 Champagne before taking the Grade 2 Remsen on dirt. Serena’s Cat was a stakes winner sprinting on turf and is a half-sister to a multiple group stakes winner in Ireland. Lady Serena’s third dam, Serena’s Song, earned her way into the Hall of Fame with 11 Grade 1 wins on the dirt. Serena’s Song also has been successful as a broodmare, producing Sophisticat, who won the Group 1 Coronation in England; Grand Reward, who took the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap on the dirt and placed in four group stakes in England and Ireland; Harlington, who won the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap; Schramsberg, winner of the Grade 3 John B. Connally Turf Cup Handicap; and three-time stakes winner Serena’s Tune.

Owner: Dell Ridge Farm

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

ETIQUETTE (chestnut filly, Tapit—Archduchess, by Pleasant Tap) is the fifth foal from her unraced dam, who has produced two starters. Both are winners, including graded stakes winner Pleasant Prince. Pleasant Prince broke his maiden at 2 when stretched out to a mile for the first time. He would go on to take the Grade 3 Ohio Derby, Oklahoma Derby, and Pot O’Luck Stakes in addition to a runner-up effort in the Grade 1 Florida Derby. Like Etiquette, Pleasant Prince descends from the A.P. Indy line. Archduchess is a half-sister to a trio of stakes winners, including multiple graded stakes winner Mark One and Grade 2 winner Rookie Sensation. Both have found their success routing, one on dirt and one on turf.

Owner: Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds

Trainer: James Jerkens

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

 

KIBBLE (bay filly, Flatter—Spring Mambo, by Kingmambo) is the second foal from her winning dam, a daughter of the outstanding sprinter Chaposa Springs. Chaposa Springs won 14 times in 23 starts, earning more than $750,000. Her biggest victories came right here at Saratoga, where she won the Grade 1 Test and Grade 1 Ballerina. She was also a stakes winner at 2. Chaposa Springs’ half-brother, You And I, was a graded stakes winning juvenile who went on to win the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at 3 and Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap at 4. A half-sister to Spring Mambo, Well Spring, is the dam of Mendip, a multiple group stakes winner in Dubai.

Owner: Shortleaf Stable

Trainer: James Jerkens

Jockey: Dylan Davis

 

FAIR POINT (bay filly, Smart Strike—Fair Rose, by Harlan’s Holiday) is out of a winning half-sister to Grade 3 Providencia winner Super Freaky. Super Freaky – who also placed in multiple graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks – found most of her success over middle distances on grass. Fair Rose is the dam of one foal to race, who has not won. Fair Point’s third dam, Bonnie’s Poker, produced dual Classic and Dubai World Cup winner Silver Charm, a member of the Hall of Fame.

Owner: Stuart Janney III

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Sales history: $310,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

UNBRIDLED SONYA (gray/roan filly, Unbridled’s Song—Barynya, by Broad Brush) is the fourth foal from her dam, who has one winner from two starters. Barynya is a half-sister to three stakes horses, most notably Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Volponi. Versatile Volponi was a graded stakes winner on dirt and turf from ages 2-4, and was multiple graded stakes placed at 5. Barynya also is a half to multiple graded stakes placed Fickle Friends.

Owner: All American Horses LLC

Trainer: David Cannizzo

Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan

Sales history: $50,000 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 between Jon Forbes and Susie Raisher.

 

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.