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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 SATURDAY, JULY 21

Jon Forbes

RACE 2, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, 5 ½ FURLONGS, DIRT, 1:30 P.M.

 

EXPLORING (2yo bay colt, Sky Mesa—Ing Ing, by Bering) is out of a mare who won a Group 3 in France. Ing Ing is a half-sister to French group stakes winners Tot Ou Tard and Execute, with the latter having captured the Group 1 Prix Ganay. Two of Ing Ing’s five foals of racing age have made it to the starting gate, and they have combined to win one race in 27 starts.

Owner: John C. Oxley
Trainer: Mark Casse
Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan
Sales history: $135,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 seconds, video)

 

WELL LAWYERED (2yo bay colt, Lawyer Ron—Cat Dancer, by Storm Cat) is a full-brother to Drill, victorious in last year’s Grade 1 Del Mar Derby on Polytrack and in this year’s Grade 2 San Vicente on dirt. Drill broke his maiden by a neck in his second start. Cat Dancer, who won a maiden special weight at Monmouth Park at 3, sold for $1.4 million in foal to Strong Contender in the 2011 Fasig-Tipton November sale. She is a full-sister to Magic Storm, who was third in the Grade 2 Adirondack and Grade 1 Spinaway as a juvenile before going on to win the Grade 2 Monmouth Oaks as a sophomore. Well Lawyered was the most expensive of 23 weanlings by Lawyer Ron to sell at auction in 2010, then was the most expensive of 28 yearlings by his sire in 2011.

Owner: Black Rock Stables
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $60,000 Keeneland November weanling; $210,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

HOT WEST (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Elusive Quality—Xtra Heat, by Dixieland Heat) is out of the brilliant and popular sprinter who won 25 stakes, including the Grade 1 Prioress and 10 other graded events, between the ages of 2 and 5. Xtra Heat was also third against males in the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen. As a broodmare, she has produced four winners from six foals to race, including stakes-winning/graded stakes-placed sprinters Southwestern Heat and Elusive Heat.

Owner: Richard C. Pell
Trainer: Nicholas Zito
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $260,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

THAT’S GIN (2yo gray/roan colt, by Bernstein—Pocus Hocus, by Quiet American) is out of a mare who won the Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm Handicap and was second in the Grade 1 Ruffian Handicap. Pocus Hocus, a daughter of two-time Grade 3-winning turfer Cadabra Abra, has one winner from two foals to race.

Owner: John A. Nerud, John Comfort, & Albert Weis
Trainer: Michael Hushion
Jockey: Edgar Prado
Sales history: $40,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR FRIDAY, JULY 20

Jon Forbes

RACE 3, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, 5 ½ FURLONGS, DIRT, 2:06 P.M.

 

KIMONO (2yo bay filly, Bernardini—Runnin Ute, by Gone West) is out of a mare who was a winner at 2 and placed in a sprint stakes at the Solano County Fair at 3. As a broodmare, she has produced two winners from three foals to race: One In Ten, whose lone win came in a maiden claiming race at Assiniboia Downs, and Pistol Pit, who won races in Serbia at the ages of 2 and 3. Kimono is the second most expensive of five 2-year-olds by her sire to sell at public auction in 2012.

Owner: Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $550,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

LIBERTY GIRL (2yo bay filly, A. P. Warrior—Champagne Glow, by Saratoga Six) is a half-sister to 2011 Grade 1 Belmont Stakes winner Ruler On Ice and 2010 Grade 1 Acorn and Grade 1 Test heroine Champagne d’Oro. Their dam won a minor stakes at Philadelphia Park and was second in the Grade 1 Frizette as a juvenile. Champagne Glow is a half-sister to Jurado, who was named Champion Miler in Italy after winning the Group 1 Premio Vittorio di Capua, and Grand Canyon, who was victorious in the Grade 1 Norfolk and Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity as a juvenile. Champagne Glow has produced nine winners from 10 foals to race.

Owner: Casner Racing LP
Trainer: Eoin Harty
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $130,000 Keeneland November weanling

 

OSCAR PARTY (2yo bay filly, Dixie Union—Dream Lady, by Old Trieste) is out of a turf runner who won the Omnibus at Monmouth Park and placed in the Grade 3 Lake George at Saratoga and Grade 3 Athenia Handicap at Belmont Park. Her one other foal of racing age, Major Gain, won the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity on an artificial surface and was third in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club on dirt at Churchill Downs as a 2-year-old.

Owner: Gary and Mary West
Trainer: Wayne Catalano
Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan

 

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

 

KAUAI KATIE (2yo bay filly, Malibu Moon—More Than Pretty, by More Than Ready) is out of a mare who was runner up in the restricted N.A.T.C. Futurity at Monmouth Park and a listed stakes at Mountaineer as a 2-year-old before going on to win a listed event at Churchill Downs at 3. Ingrid the Gambler, a half-sister to More Than Pretty, was a listed winner on turf at Santa Anita. Kauai Katie has one winner from two other foals of racing age, with Winding Way having debuted a 4 ¾-length winner on July 10 at Betfair Hollywood Park. Kauai Katie is the second most expensive of 14 juveniles by her sire to sell at public auction in 2012.

Owner: Stonestreet Stables
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik
Sales history: $90,000 Keeneland September yearling; $490,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 seconds, video)

 

LENDEROFLASTRESORT (2yo bay filly, Yes It’s True—Pashmina, by Pentelicus) is a half-sister to five-time stakes-winning sprinter Pashito the Che. Bling, another half-brother to Lenderoflastresort, placed in three stakes in Alberta.

Owner: Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence
Trainer: Richard Violette, Jr.
Jockey: Alan Garcia
Sales history: $100,000 OBS April 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 seconds, video)

 

DISTORTION (2yo chestnut filly, Distorted Humor—Misty Rosette, by Stormin Fever) is the second foal out of his dam, who was victorious in the Grade 3 Old Hat and third in the Grade 1 Test. Misty Rosette is out of restricted stakes winner Exclusive Rosette and is a full-sister to Grade 2 Lazaro Barrera victor Storm Wolf.

Owner: Richard C. Pell
Trainer: Nicholas Zito
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $300,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

RUBY LIPS (2yo chestnut filly, Hard Spun—Its a Ruby, by Rubiano) is a half-sister to three runners with black type who raced primarily or exclusively at Woodbine. Like a Gem was a winner on dirt at 2 and 3 before going on to win Woodbine stakes on turf and Polytrack at 4. Another, Win and Reign, won a juvenile race for Ontario-breds on Polytrack. Cool Gator, while not a stakes winner, was third in the Grade 3 Grey for 2-year-olds and the Grade 3 Skip Away for older horses. Their dam is a half-sister to three stakes winners, including Grade 1 Young America winner Firery Ensign.

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

 

GARMENTOS GIRL (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Indian Charlie—Misgoldy, by Miswaki) looks to become the second winner from three foals to race out of her winning dam, a half-sister to Grade 1 Woodward and Grade 1 Donn Handicap winner Formal Gold. One half-sister to Misgoldy, Maple Lake, won a restricted stakes at Woodbine, while another, In the Storm, produced Grade 3 Mr. Prospector victor Noonmark.

Owner: Andrew Rosen
Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III
Jockey: Eddie Castro
Sales history: $250,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 27

Jon Forbes

RACE 2, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, SIX FURLONGS, DIRT, 12:05 P.M.

 

AWAITED (2yo bay ridgling, Unbridled’s Song—Secret Status, by A.P. Indy) is a full-brother to Dunkirk, who in 2009 finished second in the Grade 1 Florida Derby and Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. Their dam won the 2000 Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and Grade 1 Mother Goose and earned over $1 million. Alumni Hall, a full-brother to Secret Status, won the Grade 3 Fayette and Grade 3 Maxxam Gold Cup Handicap, while Private Gift, a half-sister, won a listed stakes at Louisiana Downs. That trio is out of Private Status, a listed stakes winner at Turfway Park who finished third in the Grade 1 Ashland. Awaited was a $450,000 RNA at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale (video).

Owner: James K. & Sonia Chapman
Trainer: James Chapman
Jockey: Kent Desormeaux
Sales History: $150,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

OUR ENTOURAGE (2yo bay colt, Street Cry—Sand Springs, by Dynaformer) is out of a turf mare whose five graded stakes victories included a gate-to-wire score in the 2005 Grade 1 Diana. As a juvenile, Sand Springs made a winning debut on the grass at Saratoga and was third in the Grade 3 Natalma at Woodbine. She has two other foals of racing age, including Mellon Martini, who in France won a listed stakes and placed in a Group 3 event. Our Entourage sports the same connections as Uncle Mo, who won this corresponding maiden race on Travers Day in 2010.

Owner: Repole Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales History: $350,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

CASUAL TRICK (2yo bay colt, Bernardini—Casual Look, by Red Ransom) is a son of the 2003 Group 1 Epsom Oaks heroine who later finished third in the Group 1 Irish Oaks and Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. At 2, Casual Look was Group 1 placed. Shabby Chic, an older full-sister to Casual Look, won a listed stakes in France and was third in the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon. Casual Trick was a $775,000 RNA at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale (video).

Owner: Robert LaPenta
Trainer: Nicholas Zito
Jockey: Corey Nakatani
Sales History: $425,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

RACE 3, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, 1 1/16 MILES, TURF, 12:37 P.M.

 

STATE FLAG (2yo chestnut colt, Street Cry—Salute, by Unbridled) is out of a mare who as a juvenile finished second in the Grade 2 Demoiselle and third in the Grade 3 Tempted. Salute is a daughter of Hall of Fame inductee and Champion Older Mare Personal Ensign, who after her unbeaten, 1988 Breeders’ Cup Distaff-winning career produced 1995 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies heroine My Flag, 1993 Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup victor Miner’s Mark, and 2001 Grade 1 Oaklawn Handicap winner Traditionally. My Flag later produced 2002 Champion Two-Year-Old Filly and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Storm Flag Flying.

Owner: Phipps Stable
Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III
Jockey: Alex Solis

 

SCHOOL SPIRIT (2yo bay colt, Pulpit—Just a Ginny, by Go for Gin) is a half-brother to three stakes winners, including Logic Way, who won the Mohawk for New York-breds before going on to capture a non-black-type stakes in Qatar; and Big Truck, victorious in the Bertram F. Bongard for New York-bred juveniles and the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby.

Owner: Gary L. & Mary E. West
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales History: $300,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

RACE 5, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, SIX FURLONGS, 1:44 P.M.

 

TRY TO CATCH HER (2yo gray/roan filly, Broken Vow—See How She Runs, by Maria’s Mon) will attempt to become the second winner out of his dam, whose other foal to start won two races. See How She Runs won four stakes, including the 2002 Grade 1 Selene at Woodbine and Grade 2 Fantasy at Oaklawn. Hasten To Add, a half-brother to See How She Runs, annexed the Grade 3 Laurel Turf Cup Handicap and was third in the Grade 1 Canadian International.

Owner: Pin Oak Stable
Trainer: Donnie Von Hemel
Jockey: Jesus Castanon

 

TROPHY WIFE (2yo dark bay or brown filly, Giant’s Causeway—Pleasant Home, by Seeking the Gold) is the first foal to race out of his dam, who won the 2005 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Country Hideaway, a full-sister to Pleasant Home, won four graded stakes, including two editions of the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap. She later produced Boca Grande, who won the Grade 2 Demoiselle and Grade 2 Comely and was second in the Grade 1 Test; and Vacation, triumphant in the Grade 3 Hanshin Cup. Matlacha Pass, another full-sister to Pleasant Home, produced Grade 1 Alabama and Grade 1 Gazelle winner Pine Island.

Owner: Phipps Stable
Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III
Jockey: Alex Solis

 

MANDA BAY (2yo dark bay or brown filly, Empire Maker—Summer Wind Dancer, by Siberian Summer) is out of a mare who won two graded stakes, including the 2004 Grade 2 Delaware Handicap, and placed in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet. Two of her three foals to race have won, including stakes-placed Bahama Bound.

Owner: Lael Stable
Trainer: Barclay Tagg
Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez