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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 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

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 18

Jon Forbes

RACE 2, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, 1 1/16 MILES, TURF, 1:30 P.M.

 

NORUMBEGA (2yo gray/roan colt, Tiznow—Meghan’s Joy, by A.P. Indy) is a half-brother to a pair of turf stakes winners: Quiet Harbor, victorious in the Grade 3 Violet, and Seal Cove, winner of the restricted Gleaming Stakes. Another half-sibling, Hunting, won the Grade 3 Stuyvesant Handicap on dirt, while another, Minister’s Joy, was Grade 3-placed on turf and synthetic. Their dam was a winner on turf and placed in three stakes on dirt.

Owner: Stuart S. Janney, III
Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III
Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

RACE 4, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, SEVEN FURLONGS, DIRT, 2:31 P.M.

 

BAD HOMBRE (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Sky Mesa—A Little Evil, by Deputy Minister) is out of an 0-5 half-sister to Favorite Trick, who was named Horse of the Year and Champion Two-Year-Old for 1997 after winning all eight of his starts, including the Grade 1 Hopeful and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Three other half-siblings to A Little Evil earned black type, including restricted stakes winner Cold N Calculating, Grade 1 placed juvenile Medievil Hero, and Grade 3 placed juvenile Crafty and Evil. All three of A Little Evil’s foals to race are winners.

Owner: Summit Thoroughbreds
Trainer: John Kimmel
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Sales history: $155,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling; $180,000 OBS March juvenile (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

VIOLENCE (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Violent Beauty, by Gone West) looks to become the second winner from as many foals out of his dam, whose other foal of racing age romped by 3 ½ lengths in his lone start to date, a Woodbine turf sprint a year ago. Their dam won a single race in seven starts. Violence’s third dam, Sky Beauty, won nine Grade 1 races, swept the Filly Triple Crown, and was named Champion Older Female. Violence was the second most expensive of 86 yearlings by his sire to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: Black Rock Stables LLC
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $600,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

PAGETS (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Forestry—Apple of Kent, by Kris S.) is out of a mare who won the Grade 2 Shuvee Handicap and was third in the Grade 1 Hempstead Handicap. She has produced three winners from five foals to race, including Imperial Pippin, who has placed in four stakes in England. Apple of Kent is a half-sister to five horses who won stakes, all on turf. One of them, True Flare, won a pair of Grade 2 races and was Grade 1 placed before going on to produce Grade 1 Malibu (dirt) winner Latent Heat, Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap (dirt), heroine Indian Flare, and Grade 3 Poker Handicap (turf) victor Art Master.

Owner: Juddmonte Farms
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Corey Nakatani

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 17

Jon Forbes

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

 

RUBY LIPS (2yo chestnut filly, Hard Spun—It’s a Ruby, by Rubiano) is a half-sister to five winners from six siblings to race. Those siblings include Like a Gem, a multiple stakes-winner at Woodbine and runner-up in the Ontario Lassie Stakes at age two; Cool Gator, who was Grade 3 placed in the Grey Breeders’ Cup Stakes as a juvenile; and Win and Reign, who won Woodbine’s Vandal Stakes and placed in two other stakes at age two. Neither of the other two winning siblings were victorious as juveniles.

Owner: Jay Em Ess Stable
Trainer: Richard Dutrow
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $220,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

UNABASHED (2yo bay filly, Elusive Quality—Golden Temper, by Forty Niner) is out of a Grade 3-winning mare who has produced two winners from three foals to race. Neither winning foal was victorious at age two.

Owner: Cheyenne Stables LLC and McNeill Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $200,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

SAWYERS TRUSTYLADY (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Indian Charlie—Trusty Lady, by Deputy Minister) is a half-sister to Grade 3 Chicago Handicap runner-up Trendy Lady. Her second dam is Grade 2 El Encino and Grade 3 Monrovia Handicap winner Klassy Kim, and her third dam, Kool Arrival, won the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes and Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap.

Owner: Carrol Castille
Trainer: Steven Asmussen
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Sales history: $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-Year-Old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

SENSE OF REALITY (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Street Sense—Ascot Tobie, by Ascot Knight) is out of a stakes-placed mare who has produced four winners from five foals to race. Ascot Tobie is out of Jackjon, who was stakes placed at Woodbine and produced seven winners from eight foals to race. These foals include John the Magician, a multiple stakes winner at Woodbine, and Jonjack, who raced only twice and never won but finished second in Woodbine’s Victorian Queen Stakes at age two.

Owner: Morris Bailey
Trainer: Anthony Dutrow
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $45,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 16

Jon Forbes

RACE 3, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, 5 ½ FURLONGS, DIRT, 2:10 P.M.

 

MIDNITE POPPA (2yo bay colt, Unbridled’s Song—Island Sand, by Tabasco Cat) is out of a mare who won the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes and the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap, and placed second in the 2004 Kentucky Oaks. Island Sand has produced only one winner from three foals to race.

Owner: My Meadowview Farm
Trainer: Nicholas Zito
Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

NATIONAL PRAYER (2yo bay colt, Songandaprayer—Senate Caucus, by Siphon) doesn’t have the most illustrious immediate family, with only one winning sibling from three to race, but his third dam, Ruby Slippers, is the dam of multiple Grade 1 winning sprinter Rubiano, as well as the granddam of Grade 3 Laurel Futurity and Grade 1 Wood Memorial winner Tapit. Ruby Slippers is from a very productive family, as her second dam Foggy Note was not only a multiple stakes winner, but also the dam of Grade 3 La Jolla Mile Stakes and Grade 3 Del Mar Derby winner Relaunch. Relaunch’s full sister, multiple stakes winner Moon Glitter, is the dam of Ruby Slippers, along with multiple stakes-winning sprinter Glitterman.

Owner: Brittany Stover
Trainer: Michael Hushion
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $12,500 Fasig-Tipton Eastern September yearling

 

WILL TAKE CHARGE (2yo chestnut colt, Unbridled’s Song—Take Charge Lady, by Dehere) is out of multiple Grade 1 winner Take Charge Lady, who was victorious in the first three starts of her career, including the Grade 2 Alcibiades Stakes at age two, and later posted Grade 1 wins in the Ashland Stakes and Overbrook Spinster Stakes, winning the latter event twice. Take Charge Lady has produced three winners from four foals to race, including Grade 1 Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy.

Owner: Willis D. Horton
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $425,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

TAKAJO (2yo bay colt, Congrats—Ariel Rose, by Black Mambo) is the first foal from his dam, who never won in eight career starts but is a half-sister to multiple stakes winning sprinters Blue Pepsi Love and Mach Ride, the latter of which also won the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap.

Owner: Long Lake Stable LLC
Trainer: John Terranova, II
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $40,000 OBS August yearling, $300,000 Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)