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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.



Jon Forbes



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




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



Jon Forbes



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



Jon Forbes



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)



Jon Forbes



COCONUT SHRIMP (2yo chestnut filly, Giant’s Causeway—Weekend Whim, by Distorted Humor) is the first foal out of his unraced dam, a full-sister to Grade 1 Haskell Invitational winner Any Given Saturday. A half-sister to Weekend Whim, Bohemian Lady, won the Grade 3 Cicada. Weekend Whim has no siblings who have won on turf.

Owner: Repole Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $170,000 Keeneland September yearling


JONATA (2yo chestnut filly, Proud Citizen—Romp and Stomp, by Olympio) is a half-sister to Pinch Pie, winner of a minor stakes on turf at Monmouth Park and third in the Grade 1 Alabama on dirt, and a pair of stakes-placed runners. Their dam, a winner on turf, is a half-sister to Volponi, who upset the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic and was a multiple graded stakes winner on grass.

Owner: Barry K. Schwartz
Trainer: Michael Hushion
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling


DANCING FOR GLORY (2yo gray/roan filly, Exchange Rate—Hard Evidence, by Alleged) is a half-sister to Rapid Proof, who on turf won the listed Robert B. Connally Handicap, and Second Offense, who was stakes placed on grass. Another half-sibling, Hot Springs, won a non-black-type stakes over timber.

Owner: Michael J. Ryan
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $100,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling; $105,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 4/5 seconds, video)