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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 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1

Jon Forbes

RACE 5, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, 5 ½ FURLONGS, DIRT, 3:13 P.M.

 

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

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR MONDAY, JULY 30

Jon Forbes

RACE 5, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, 5 ½ FURLONGS, TURF, 3:13 P.M.

 

SMITTENWITHKITTEN (2yo chestnut filly, Kitten’s Joy—Blush, by Menifee) is a full-sister to stakes winners William’s Kitten and Derby Kitten. As a 2-year-old, William’s Kitten won an off-the-turf edition of the Sunday Silence listed stakes at Louisiana Downs and was second in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club. He added a placing in the Grade 3 Holy Bull as a 3-year-old. Derby Kitten won a pair of stakes on Polytrack, including the Grade 2 Lexington and owns three black-type placings on turf.

Owner: Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey
Trainer: Michael Maker
Jockey: Rose Napravnik

 

SABEL BROWNE (2yo bay filly, Footstepsinthesand—Haute Volta, by Grape Tree Road) is a half-sister to Super Motiva, who won listed stakes in Italy at the ages of 2 and 3. Their dam, an unraced daughter of stakes-placed runner Land of Ivory, is a half-sister to Heart of Darkness, who captured the Group 1 National Stakes in Ireland.

Owner: West Point Thoroughbreds
Trainer: H. Graham Motion
Jockey: Julien Leparoux

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR SATURDAY, JULY 28

Jon Forbes

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

 

FIRE GUARD (2yo dark bay/brown colt, First Defence—Quickfire, by Dubai Millennium) is out of a mare who placed in a pair of Group 3 races in England. Quickfire has two other foals of racing age, both winners in England, including stakes-placed runner Ultrasonic. Fire Guard’s second dam, Daring Miss, was a Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed in France.

Owner: Juddmonte Farms
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

ELECTROMAGNETIC (2yo bay colt, Henrythenavigator—Wind in My Wings, by Sligo Bay) is the first foal out of his dam, winner of the Jessamine on turf at Keeneland as a 2-year-old. Wind in My Wings is also out of a stakes winner, being a daughter of a mare who won a minor stakes going long on dirt at Fort Erie.

Owner: My Meadowview Farm
Trainer: Wesley Ward
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $90,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

TOWN HALL (2yo bay colt, Indygo Shiner—Susan’s Angel, by Cape Town) is a son of a mare who won the Grade 3 Turfway Breeders’ Cup. Susan’s Angel never tried the turf in 14 career starts. Two of Susan’s Angel’s seven siblings to race won, none on turf. Her best sibling was Adorable Jane, who took a non-black-type stakes at Delaware Park and was second in a minor stakes at Monmouth Park. Town Hall, Susan’s Angel’s fourth foal, looks to become his dam’s first winner. He was the second most expensive of 45 yearlings by his sire to sell at public auction in 2011.

Owner: James S. Karp
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history:  $160,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

CREDIT CALL (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Stars Indy Skies, by A.P. Indy) is out of a placed daughter of Advancing Star, who won a pair of Grade 3 turf sprints and won the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap and earned Grade 1 placings in the Hollywood Starlet and Santa Monica Handicap on dirt. Stars Indy Skies’ lone foal to race, Storm Crossed, broke his maiden on Arlington Park’s artificial main track and has won twice on dirt at Fairmount Park.

Owner: Robert C. Baker & William L. Mack
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Edgar Prado
Sales history: $340,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

CHARMING KITTEN (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Kitten’s Joy—Iteration, by Wild Again) is a full-brother to Queen’splatekitten, who won last year’s Marine Stakes on Woodbine’s artificial main track and was second in the Grade 3 Saranac on turf. Their dam has produced three total foals to race and one other winner, Pat’s Kitten, who has won a maiden claimer on dirt and a conditioned claimer on turf. 

Owner: Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

RACE 3, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, SIX FURLONGS, DIRT, 2:00 P.M.


HONORABLE DILLON (2yo gray/roan colt, Tapit—Shy Greeting, by Shy Tom) is a half-sister to Forty Greeta, who was named Champion Two-Year-Old Filly in Argentina after winning three group races, including the Group 1 Premio Estrellas Juvenile Fillies-Blaquier. Forty Greeta later produced sprinter Fort Hughes, who won the Jimmy Winkfield during his abbreviated career.
Owner: Joseph Bucci
Trainer: Eddie Kenneally
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 4/5 seconds, video)


NEW LINE (2yo dark bay/brown colt, First Defence—Introducing, by Deputy Minister) is out of a winning half-sister to turf runners Midships, who took the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap, and Principal Role, who won four listed stakes and was Group 3-placed in England and this spring at Belmont was third in the Grade 3 Beaugay and Grade 3 Sheepshead Bay. One of Introducing’s three previous foals to race has won. That runner, Short Supply, won three races in England.

Owner: Juddmonte Farms
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

NORTH SLOPE (2yo bay colt, Elusive Quality—Jinni, by A.P. Indy), out of a mare who was third in the Calder Oaks, is a grandson of Ajina, who annexed the Grade 2 Demoiselle and Grade 3 Tempted as a 2-year-old and was named Champion Three-Year-Old Filly after capturing the Grade 1 Mother Goose, Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks, and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Ajina also purchased Stymie Handicap winner Manchurian. Jinni has produced one other foal, two-time winner Next Page.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez

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TIZRACER (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Tiznow—G City Gal, by Elusive Quality) is out of a sprinter who placed in six graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap. G City Gal’s only other named foal is unraced. Tizracer was the second most expensive of 45 yearlings by his sire to sell at public auction in 2011.

Owner: Alto Racing
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $450,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR WEDNESDAY, JULY 25

Jon Forbes

RACE 5, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, FIVE FURLONGS, DIRT, 3:13 P.M.

 

ROSSWEISSE (2yo chestnut filly, Majestic Warrior—Rough Water, by Stormin Fever) is out of the 1991 Grade 3 Arlington Oaks winner, Grade 1 Alabama runner-up, and Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks third-place finisher. At 2, Rough Water was third in the Grade 3 Golden Rod. Six of her 10 foals to race are winners, including Scoop, heroine of the Grade 3 Indiana Oaks. Scoop later produced Coolwind, who won two minor stakes and placed in a pair of Grade 3 events. Kings Lynn, a stakes-placed half-sister to Rossweisse, produced Sara Louise, who defeated Rachel Alexandra in the Grade 3 Pocahontas as a juvenile and captured the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap and Grade 3 Victory Ride as a sophomore, and Just Louise, who took the Grade 3 Debutante at Churchill Downs for 2-year-old fillies.

Owner: Bluegrass Hall
Trainer: D. Wayne Luckas
Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan
Sales history: $55,000 Keeneland September yearling; $125,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)

 

TEEN PAULINE (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Tapit—Effectual, by Carson City) is out of a mare who debuted a 3 ¼-length winner at Keeneland in April of her 2-year-old season before going on to win the Grade 3 Debutante at Churchill Downs in July. She was fifth of seven in the Grade 2 Spinaway, her career finale. Her only other named foal, No La Hace, has four wins in five starts, all in claiming races. Stonestreet Stables purchased Effectual for $475,000 when she was pregnant with Teen Pauline.

Owner: Stonestreet Stables
Trainer: Steven Asmussen
Jockey: Julien Leparoux