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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



PUGET SOUND (2yo chestnut colt, A.P. Indy—Balletto, by Timber Country) is the third foal and second to race out of his dam, who won the Grade 1 Frizette and was second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies as a 2-year-old and placed in five Grade 1 races as a 4-year-old. Her lone foal to race, Villanesca, was fifth in a maiden special weight at Saratoga on Thursday in her lone start to date.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Thomas Albertrani
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.


MICROMANAGE (2yo bay colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Catnip, by Flying Paster) is a half-brother to Indescribable, who won a trio of Grade 3 races on the all-weather, captured a single Grade 3 on turf, and was third in the Grade 1 Go for Wand Handicap on dirt; and Elaflaak, who took a listed stakes in England as a 2-year-old. Another half-sibling, unraced Catchofthecentury, produced Spring Awakening, winner of the listed Moccasin and second in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante; and minor stakes winner Cat’s Cat. Their dam, Catnip, won a pair of stakes as a 4-year-old and is a half-sister to European Champion Two-Year-Old Colt Hold That Tiger and Belmont Stakes winner Editor’s Note.

Owner: Repole Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano



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DIXIE SMILE (2yo gray/roan filly, Dixie Union—Broad Smile, by Broad Brush) is out of a multiple stakes-winning mare whose greatest victory came in the Grade 3 Columbia Stakes at Pimlico but who also won Fair Grounds’ Pontalba Stakes at age two. Broad Smile’s dam, Wings of Jove, won on debut and was also victorious in the Grade 1 Matron and Grade 2 Astarita Stakes at age two. Broad Smile has produced multiple stakes winner Procreate and stakes winner Perilous Song.

Owner: Michelle S Sharp
Trainer: Barclay Tagg
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh


BLAZING WHIP (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Street Boss—Timely Legend, by Navarone) is a half-sister to stakes winners Song of Navarone and Celluloid Hero. Song of Navarone won a total of five stakes races, all at Sunland Park and Zia Park. He also ran third in both the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar and the Grade 3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. Celluloid Hero was multiple stakes placed, with his stakes victories coming in Oaklawn Park’s Dixieland Stakes and Canterbury Park’s St. Paul and Minnesota H.P.B.A. Sprint Stakes. Six of her seven foals to race are winners.

Owner: JW Singer LLC
Trainer: Michael Matz
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $85,000 Keeneland September yearling


MRS. BEAN (2yo bay filly, Spring at Last—Zambezi Belle, by Lord at War) is out of an unraced daughter of Medici Bells, whose multiple stakes placings include a runner-up effort in the Grade 2 Landaluce Stakes and a third-place effort in the Grade 3 Sorrento Stakes at age two. Medici Bells also won the Fairfield Stakes at Solano at age three. This filly is a half-sister to multiple stakes-winning New York-bred Law Enforcement, who to date has won six of 30 starts with earnings of $458,638. His four stakes victories include a winning effort in the Aspirant Stakes at Finger Lakes in his two-year-old season.

Owner: Tic Stables
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik
Sales history: $50,000 Keeneland September Yearling, $90,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 seconds, video)



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OVERNIGHT TRADING (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Midnight Lute—Rainbow Promise, by Known Fact) is out of an unraced mare who is a half sister to Grade 1 Spinster Stakes winner Try Something New as well as Uncle Ho, winner of Gulfstream Park’s Hallandale Handicap. Rainbow Promise has had seven winners from nine foals to race, including Class Above, by Midnight Lute’s paternal grandsire Quiet American. Class Above won the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies at age two and the Bourbonette Breeders’ Cup Stakes at age three, both at Turfway Park. Rainbow Promise is also the dam of the stakes-placed Unbridled’s Song daughter Rainbow Song. 

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence
Trainer: Dale Romans
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $87,000 OBS August yearling


BUDDY’S TIZ (2yo bay colt, Tiznow—Caroline’s Gold, by Touch Gold) is out of a Grade 3-placed half-sister to Grade 1 Travers Stakes and Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby winner Colonel John, and multiple graded stakes-placed Mr. Hot Stuff, both by Tiznow. Caroline’s Gold has one other foal to race, a Smoke Glacken gelding named Highest Order who ran third in his Turfway Park debut at age two but is still a maiden after six starts.

Owner: Kingfield Stables
Trainer: Bruce Levine
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $400,000 Keeneland September yearling


ARCHWARRIOR (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Arch—Winner’s Edge, by Seeking the Gold) is a half-brother to minor stakes winners Coya and Return to Paradise, with the latter having placed in a pair of black-type events as a juvenile. Their dam was effective on both dirt and turf, including a second in the Grade 3 Affectionately on dirt, and is a half-sister to Lucky Song, a Group 2 winner in England who was the high-weighted 3-year-old filly in Europe at 14 furlongs and longer. Archwarrior is the most expensive of six 2-year-olds by his sire to sell at auction this year.

Owner: Alto Racing, LLC
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $75,000 Keeneland November weanling; $375,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)


BUDDY’S SMART (2yo bay colt, Smart Strike—Summer Colony, by Summer Squall) is out of a mare who won six graded stakes in her career, with her biggest win coming in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Handicap. Summer Colony has had four foals, all to race, with two winners including Summer Laugh, a daughter of Distorted Humor who won Delaware Park’s Blue Hen Stakes at age two. Her other winning foal, another Distorted Humor filly named Summer Humor, is one-for-six lifetime but her single win did come as a 2-year-old.

Owner: Kingfield Stables
Trainer: Bruce Levine
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $30,000 Keeneland September yearling



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IRSAAL (2yo gray/roan colt, More Than Ready—Quiet Now, by Tiznow) is the first foal of his winning dam, a half-sister to Horse of the Year and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Saint Liam. Other half-siblings to Quiet Now include Quiet Giant, winner of the Grade 2 Molly Pitcher on dirt; Congressionalhonor, victorious in the Grade 3 Bay Meadows Derby on turf; and Dance Quietly, heroine of the Busanda on dirt. Irsaal is the second most expensive of 40 yearlings by his sire to sell at auction 2011.

Owner: Shadwell Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Alan Garcia
Sales history: $325,000 Keeneland September yearling


ORDER OF MAGNITUDE (2yo bay colt, Henrythenavigator—Jewel Princess, Key to the Mint) is out of a mare who won three Grade 1 races and eight total graded stakes on dirt, including the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Earlier in her career, Jewel Princess won three races on turf, including the Grade 3 San Clemente and San Jose Handicap. Jewel Princess has eight other foals of racing age, and all three of her foals to race have earned black type, topped by dirt stakes winner One Nice Cat. Fine Jewel, an unraced half-sister to Order of Magnitude, produced El Caballo, who won the Grade 3 Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap on turf. Order of Magnitude was the second most expensive of 47 yearlings by his sire to sell at auction 2011.

Owner: Bluegrass Hall LLC
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
Sales history: $435,000 Keeneland September yearling


RIDE L’ULTIMO (2yo chestnut colt, Langfuhr—Regal Locket, by Regal Classic) is a half-brother to turf runners La Dolce Vita, who won the Grade 3 Suwannee River, and Bijou, who placed in a Grade 3. Three of six foals of racing age out of Regal Locket have won.

Owner: Gary L. Zwerling
Trainer: Mark Hennig
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.




HEDONEMEWRONGSONG (2yo bay filly, Bluegrass Cat—Bitter Lemon, by Lemon Drop Kid) is the first foal out of her dam, who was stakes placed on dirt and turf. All three of Bitter Lemon’s wins came on dirt. Hedonemewrongsong’s second dam, Snit, won the Grade 2 Cotillion Handicap on dirt and also produced turf runners Blind Date, victorious in the Grade 3 Virginia Oaks, and Sales Tax, who won three minor stakes.

Owner: William M. Backer
Trainer: Jonathan Sheppard
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik


MAGNIFICENT SHIRL (2yo chestnut filly, Heatseeker—Fantastic Shirl, by Fantastic Light) is the second foal out of her dam, with her lone sibling of racing age being half-brother Fantastic Song, who debuted a winner on turf at Saratoga and was second in the Grade 3 Pilgrim, also on grass. They are out of a mare who won the De La Rose, finished second in the Grade 3 Noble Damsel Handicap, and was third in the Grade 2 Jenny Wiley, all on turf. Fantastic Shirl comes from an impeccable turf family, being a half-sister to Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf upset winner Perfect Shirl, Grade 1 Woodbine Mile and Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational victor Shakespeare, and Grade 2 New York and Grade 3 Bewitch heroine Lady Shakespeare. That group is out of Lady Shirl, who won the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Handicap, Grade 2 E.P. Taylor, and Grade 3 Modesty.

Owner: Dell Ridge Farm
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: John Velazquez


COARSEGOLD (2yo bay filly, Giant’s Causeway—Cool Spell, by Grand Slam) looks to become the first winner from three foals to race out of her dam, who was third in the Grade 3 Debutante at Churchill Downs as a juvenile and won a minor stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and was second in the Grade 3 La Troienne as a sophomore, all on dirt. Presto Change O, a full-brother to Cool Spell, placed in a Grade 3 dirt sprint.

Owner: Walter D. Burris
Trainer: Mark Hennig
Jockey: Jose Lezcano


RUTHIE BLUE EYES (2yo chestnut filly, Stormy Atlantic—Halo America, by Waquoit) is a half-sister to Marino Marini, who was second in the Grade 1 Phoenix on turf in Ireland as a 2-year-old before coming to the United States to earn a Grade 1 placing on dirt in the Malibu, and Quick Temper, who captured the Grade 3 Arlington Matron Handicap on dirt. Marino Marini is by Storm Cat, the sire of Stormy Atlantic. All 15 of Halo America’s wins came on dirt, including the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap and three other graded scores. Five of Halo America’s six foals to race have won, two on turf. Ruthie Blue Eyes was the most expensive of seven weanlings by Stormy Atlantic to sell at auction 2010 and the third most expensive of 14 juveniles by her sire to sell in 2012.

Owner: John C. Kimmel & Eli Gindi
Trainer: John Kimmel
Jockey: Alan Garcia
Sales history: $170,000 Keeneland November weanling; $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 4/5 seconds, video)