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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.



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WIN FOR KITTEN (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Kitten’s Joy—Winsome, by Kris) is out of a mare who placed in a pair of stakes in France. Winsome has produced two other starters, with one winning on dirt and one winning on turf. Win for Kitten’s stakes-placed second dam, Ahead, produced six black-type earners, including turf stakes winners Opinion Poll, a Group 2 winner in England, and Horatia, who set a Monmouth Park course record when capturing the Grade 3 Vinery Matchmaker.

Owner: Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $22,000 Keeneland November weanling


SKYFALL (2yo dark bay/brown filly, More Than Ready—Yard Art, by Lasting Approval) is out of an unraced half-sister to turf stakes winners Ascutney (Grade 3 Miesque) and Words of War (listed Rachel Jackson and four other stakes) and three-time dirt stakes winner Word o’ Ransom. Ascutney went on to become the dam of English highweight Raven’s Pass, who won the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II on grass and the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic on the all-weather, and Gigawatt, who was effective on both dirt and turf and annexed the Grade 3 Miami Mile Handicap on grass. Words of War produced Grade 2 Dwyer victor and Grade 1 Travers runner-up E Dubai and Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks heroine No Matter What, with the latter producing English Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Rainbow View. Skyfall’s immediate family is more humble, however, with two Yard Art having produced two winners from three foals to race and four total named foals.

Owner: Glencrest Farm
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez


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 Rize and Calle Vista, who won the first stakes of her career when she landed the Luther Burbank on turf at Santa Rosa two weeks ago.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan


GUSTAVIA (2yo chestnut filly, Pulpit—Summer Rainbow, by Summer Squall) is out of a mare who won seven races, including a minor stakes at Delaware Park, all on dirt. She has one winner from two foals to race, with Hard Mystery having taken the Inside Information overnight stakes on dirt at Belmont in May.

Owner: Alpha Delta Stables
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Javier Castellano


SUMMER OF FUN (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Include—Royal Innocence, by Royal Anthem) is the first foal out of an unraced half-sister to Louis Cyphre, who was Group 1 placed in France before he came to the United States to win the Grade 1 Mervyn LeRoy on dirt, French Group 2 winner Psychobabble, and Japanese stakes winner Star King Man. Another half-sibling, Nini Princesse, produced Grade 2 Dance Smarty victress Mekong Melody, while another, Admire Yell, produced Japanese stakes winner Admire Subaru.

Owner: Bona Venture Stables
Trainer: George Weaver
Jockey: Eddie Castro
Sales history: $95,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)



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REVELATIONIST (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Corinthian—Sky Beam, by Kingmambo) is out of an 0-7 daughter of Weekend in Seattle, a Grade 1-placed full-sister to Hall of Famer A.P. Indy and half-sister to Grade 1 Preakness winner Summer Squall. Mambo in Seattle, a half-brother to Sky Beam won a restricted stakes at Saratoga and was second by a nose in the Grade 1 Travers. Sky Beam has one other foal of racing age, Sky Kingdom, a two-time winner in Southern California who was fourth in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity and fifth in the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis in two stakes tries.

Owner: Thomas Conway
Trainer: Michael Maker
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik
Sales history: $62,000 Keeneland September yearling; $65,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)


FORTIFY (2yo bay colt, Distorted Humor—Kotuku, by A.P. Indy) is out of a placed daughter of Flagbird, who was awarded highweight honors in England, Ireland, and Italy, with her top win coming in the Group 1 Premio Presidente Della Repubblica. Flagbird produced three stakes-placed runners, including Dubai Belle, herself the dam of Grade 1 Ashland winner Little Belle. Little Belle, like Kotuku, was by A.P. Indy.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Joe Bravo


EL DURO (2yo gray/roan colt, Tapit—Feline Story, by Tale of the Cat) is out of a mare who as a juvenile won the Grade 3 Sorority and a sophomore captured the Grade 3 Floral Park Handicap and was second in the Grade 1 Prioress. Feline Story has one winner from three foals to race, with Simba’s Story owning a maiden triumph at Aqueduct Racetrack and an allowance score at Gulfstream Park.

Owner: E. Paul Robsham Stables
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez


UNLIKELY SCENARIO (2yo chestnut colt, Distorted Humor—Lassie’s Legacy, by Deputy Minister) hails from the same family as Revelationist, being a grandson of Grade 3 winner/Grade 1 placed Weekend Surprise, the dam of A.P. Indy and Summer Squall. Lassie’s Legacy, whose lone win came at the Fair Grounds, has produced Aspiring, third in the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks, and Happy Week, who has placed in a pair of stakes.

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence
Trainer: Terri Pompay
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling; $175,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)




EQUUS PRIME (2yo bay colt, Dynaformer—Catchascatchcan, by Kingmambo) is a half-brother to Antonius Pius, who in Ireland won the Group 2 Railway and was third in the Group 1 St. James’s Place before finishing second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile. Their dam was victorious in the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks in England.

Owner: Bluegrass Hall
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Alan Garcia
Sales history: $550,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old


SOULSINGING (2yo bay colt, Unbridled’s Song—Ticket to Seattle, by Capote) is the first foal out of his dam, a sprinter who was stakes placed at 2 before going on to win a listed stakes at Delaware Park and finish second in a pair of Grade 3 races at 3. Tizway, an older half-brother to Ticket to Seattle, won last year’s Grade 1 Metropolitan and Whitney handicaps.

Owner: Carolyn Wilson
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Sales history: $200,000 Keeneland September yearling




THANE (2yo dark bay or brown colt, by Medaglia d’Oro—Servalina, by A.P. Indy) is out of an unraced granddaughter of Fitted Crown, who produced three stakes winners, including Excellent Meeting, who posted Grade 1 wins in the Oak Leaf, Hollywood Starlet, Las Virgenes, and Santa Anita Oaks. Thane’s granddam produced two winners from as many foals to race, while his dam has produced only one other foal of racing age, 0-2 Move It On Over. Thane was the fourth most expensive of 86 yearlings by his sire to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales history: $95,000 Keeneland January yearling; $525,000 Keeneland September yearling


SUBSONIC (2yo bay colt, Malibu Moon—Voyage, by Rahy) is the second foal out of his unraced dam to make it to the starting gate. Three of Voyage’s siblings have earned black type, including half-sister Pine Island, winner of the Grade 1 Alabama and Grade 1 Gazelle, and Point Of Entry, victorious in this year’s Grade 1 Man o’ War on turf.

Owner: Phipps Stable
Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III
Jockey: Jose Lezcano



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RAMSEY BRANCH (2yo chestnut colt, Cowtown Cat—Sanibel Sole, by Miswaki) is a half-brother to three runners with black type, including stakes winners Sweet Belle and Sole of the City. Sweet Belle won a restricted stakes and was third in the Grade 2 Santa Barbara on turf at Santa Anita and was second in a listed stakes on dirt at Fairplex. Sole of the City won a minor sprint stakes on dirt at Prairie Meadows. Four of Sannibel Sole’s five foals of racing age are winners.

Owner: Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey
Trainer: Michael Maker
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Sales history: $105,000 OBS April 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 2/5 seconds, video)


MIDNIGHT TABOO (2yo chestnut colt, Langfuhr—Hot Red, by Thunder Gulch) is out of an unraced daughter of stakes winner Turbo Launch, herself the dam of U R Unforgettable, who was a stakes winner and Grade 3 placed on turf, and Turko’s Turn, who won a minor stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Turko’s Turn is better known as the dam of Hall of Famer Point Given, who won races like the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, and Grade 1 Travers. Like Hot Red, Point Given is by Thunder Gulch. Hot Red has one winner, three-time claiming victor Country Monarch, from three named foals of racing age. Midnight Taboo was the most expensive of 38 yearlings by his sire to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: Repole Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $45,000 Keeneland November weanling; $240,000 Keeneland September yearling


HIGH FIVE AGAIN (2yo bay colt, by Awesome of Course—Precious Feather, by Gone West) is a full-brother to 2010 Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Awesome Feather, who is unbeaten in 10 starts and owns Grade 1 wins in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and Gazelle. All five of Precious Feather’s foals of racing age are winners, including stakes-placed sprinter Brooks ‘n Down. Precious Feather herself won minor stakes at Calder both sprinting and routing and was second in the Grade 3 Azalea going short and the Grade 2 Turfway Breeders’ Cup going long.

Owner: Fred Brei
Trainer: Nicholas Zito
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez


CENTRAL BANKER (2yo bay colt, by Speightstown—Rhum, by Go for Gin) is a half-brother to this year’s Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap hero Gantry and three-time stakes-placed runner Song of Pirates. They’re out of turf mare Rhum, who won the listed Rosenna at Delaware Park and the Ticonderoga for New York-breds at Belmont Park. Rhum, a half-sister to Grade 2 Arkansas Derby winner Private Emblem, has produced five winners from six named foals.

Owner: Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence
Trainer: Albert Stall, Jr.
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $200,000 Keeneland September yearling



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CORAIL (2yo bay filly, Indian Charlie—Meteor Miracle, by Twining) is a half-sister to Grade 2 La Jolla Handicap winner and multiple graded stakes-placed Meteore, by Pulpit, who earned $292,576 over the course of his 20-race career. Meteor Miracle has only one other foal to race, a colt by Unbridled’s Song named Just Playing who is 0-for-2 lifetime.
Owner: Wertheimer and Frere
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez

ZAZZ (2yo gray/roan filly, Tapit—Rasta Farian, by Holy Bull) is out of a mare who won Presque Isle’s H.B.P.A. Stakes. Rasta Farian is also a half-sister to G3 Jessamine Stakes winner Somali Lemonade. Zazz’s third dam, Chic Shirine, won the G1 Ashland Stakes at age three and went on to be a very successful broodmare. Chic Shirine is the dam of Grade 2 True North Handicap winner Waldoboro, as well as the granddam of multiple turf graded stakes winner Hungry Island, Grade 3 Hal’s Hope Stakes winner and multiple graded stakes placed Soaring Empire, Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes winner El Padrino (himself by Tapit’s sire, Pulpit), and multiple Grade 3 winner Cappuchino. This is Rasta Farian’s first foal to race.
Owner: Helen K. Groves
Trainer: Michael Matz
Jockey: Joel Rosario