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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 Sunday, August 10, 2014

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 10, 2014

Race 4, 2-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 2:37 p.m.

FLYING TIPAT(bay filly, Tapit—Flying Marlin, by Marlin) is a full-sister to Tapitsfly, who won five stakes on the turf, including the Grade 1 Longines Just a Game, Grade 1 First Lady, and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Two of five starters out of Flying Marlin have won, both on the turf. Flying Marlin herself won four races, three on the grass.

Owner: Frank L. Jones Jr.

Trainer: Dale Romans

Jockey: Robby Albarado

 

MISS ALWAYS READY (dark bay or brown filly, More Than Ready—Miss Seffens, by Dehere) is a full-sister to More Than Real, who won the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and was third in the Grade 1 Garden City. Their dam was a sprinter who won stakes at Turfway Park, Oaklawn, Prairie Meadows, Ellis Park, and Keeneland. She was unplaced in her lone turf start. Miss Seffens has produced two winners from four starters, with More Than Ready being her only turf winner.

Owner: Three Chimneys Farm

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $400,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 9 3/5 seconds, video)

 

HAIL CORNELL (bay filly, All American—Cayuga’s Waters, by Langfuhr) is a half-sister to Glorious View, who won the Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap on the dirt; Cascadilla Falls, who took the Lucy Scribner on the turf; and Highball, third in this year’s Grade 3 American Derby on the grass. Their dam won four races, including an off-the-turf edition of the Pebbles at Belmont.

Owner: Laue Ranch

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

TRENSITA (chestnut filly, Curlin—Trensa, by Giant’s Causeway) is the first foal out of her dam, who was third in the Grade 3 Robert G. Dick handicap on the turf and is a half-sister to Batique, a three-time graded stakes winner on the grass. Trensita’s second dam, Serape, was a sprinter who won the Grade 1 Ballerina.

Owner: Helen K. Groves

Trainer: Michael Matz

Jockey: Luis Saez

 

Race 7, 2-year-old fillies, 5 ½ furlongs, dirt, 4:18 p.m.

BLAME DIXIE (dark bay or brown filly, Blame—I’m From Dixie, by Dixieland Band) is the second starter out of his dam, a placed half-sister to four stakes winners: Sweet Vendetta, who took the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan; Half Heaven, who won four stakes at Turfway Park; Love Cove, a two-time stakes winner on the turf against New York-breds; and Doll Baby, who captured a restricted stakes at Finger Lakes. I’m From Dixie’s only starter to date is unplaced in two starts.

Owner: Bridlewood Farm & Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $150,000 Keeneland November weanling; $300,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

CORALBEACH (bay filly, Tale of the Cat—Coral Genius, by Smart Strike) is a half-sister to Desert Power, a two-time winner of the Group 2 Premio Seleccion de Velocistas in Chile. Their dam, who has produced four winners from four starters, is an unraced half-sister to Cool Coal Man, who won the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth and was third in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational; and Kathleens Reel, a stakes winner at Hawthorne and Delta Downs.

Owner: Sumaya US Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

PUCA (bay filly, Big Brown—Boat’s Ghost, by Silver Ghost) is a half-sister to Finnegans Wake, who has won the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap and finished third in the Grade 1 Secretariat. Their dam, who was second in a stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Prairie Meadows, has produced three winners from as many starters.

Owner: Donegal Racing

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Sales history: $90,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

I’LL SHOW ME (bay filly, Bernardini—Pacific Spell, by Langfuhr) is a half-sister to Proud Spell, who annexed the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, Grade 1 Alabama, Grade 2 Delaware Oaks, and Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks en route to being named Champion Three-Year-Old Filly. At 2, Proud Spell was second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Their dam has produced three winners from four starters. I’ll Show Me was the most expensive of 25 yearlings by Bernardini to sell at auction in 2013.

Owner: Baumann Stables & Aaron Sones

Trainer: H. Graham Motion

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $1.3 million Keeneland September yearling

 

TREASURE (bay filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Proposal, by Mt. Livermore) is a half-sister to four stakes winners. The most accomplished of the group is Inspired, a sprinter who won five stakes on the turf and one on the dirt. The group also includes Elope, winner of a minor stakes at Churchill Downs and runner-up in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap; Imitation, who took the listed Glorious Song Stakes at Woodbine as a 2-year-old; and Silver City, winner of the Dixieland and second in the Grade 3 Southwest at Oaklawn Park. Their dam was second in the listed Dearly Precious at Aqueduct Racetrack and is a full-sister to Multiple Choice, who posted Grade 3 triumphs in the Sport Page Handicap, Gravesend Handicap, and Jaipur and was third in the Grade 1 Forego.

Owner: Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds

Trainer: James Jerkens

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for Forbes’ Firsters, a first-time starter running in a non-statebred race must meet at least one of the following criteria:

? Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare

? Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner

? Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare

? Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner

? Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000

? Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000

? Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner

? Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner

? Sold for at least $300,000 at auction

Forbes’ Firsters is a collaboration among Jon Forbes, Susie Raisher, and Lily Pierce

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 9, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 9, 2014

Race 4, All 2-year-olds, 5 ½ furlongs, dirt, 2:37 p.m.

TWO WEEKS OFF (dark bay or brown colt, Harlan’s Holiday—Havenlass, by Elusive Quality) is the second foal out of his dam, an unraced half-sister to Royal Haven, a sprinter who won four graded stakes (Grade 2 General George Handicap, Grade 2 Fall Highweight Handicap, Grade 2 A Phenomenon, Grade 3 Gravesend Handicap); and Belterra, who won the Grade 2 Golden Rod and was third in the Grade 1 Ashland. Havenlass’ only other starter, Mare and Cher, won a maiden claiming race in May at Belmont Park.

Owner: Starlight Racing

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $170,000 Keeneland November weanling; $320,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling

 

DA JENIUS (bay colt, Malibu Moon—Madcap Escapade, by Hennessy) is a half-brother to Mi Sueno, a daughter of Pulpit who in her brief career won the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante and Grade 3 Sorrento. Both Da Jenius and Mi Sueno are by sons of A.P. Indy. Da Jenius’ dam was primarily a sprinter, but she did win the Grade 1 Ashland and was third in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks over a route of ground. She also won the Grade 2 Forward Gal, Grade 2 Shirley Jones Handicap, and Grade 3 Madison. Madcap Escapade is a half-sister to Grade 1 Ballerina winner Dubai Escapade.

Owner: Southern Equine Stable

Trainer: Eric Guillot

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

Sales history: $350,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FIRST DOWN (bay colt, Street Sense—Storm Lily, by Storm Cat) is a half-brother to Gold City, who was second in a listed stakes in England as a juvenile. Their dam was unplaced in two starts, while their second dam, Crimplene, won three Group 1 races: the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Coronation, and Nassau.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

PROVEN COMMODITY (dark bay or brown colt, Bernardini—Sahara Gold, by Seeking the Gold) is a half-brother to Better Lucky, who has won the Grade 1 Matriarch and Grade 1 First Lady on the grass; and Sahara Heat, who took the Grade 3 Marine over the all-weather at Woodbine. Sahara Gold herself won the Grade 2 Beaumont. Proven Commodity’s second dam is Desert Stormer, who posted an upset win over males in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup sprint.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey:  Rajiv Maragh

Sales history:

 

DADA MAINO (bay colt, Super Saver—Piazza Grande, by Hennessy) is out an unraced half-sister to Grade 1 Haskell Invitational winner and Grade 1 Belmont Stakes runner-up Paynter; Tiz West, who won the Grade 3 Cinema Handicap on the grass; and Tizakitty, who took the listed Kalookan Queen Handicap at Santa Anita. Piazza Grande has produced one winner from four starters.

Owner: Sumaya US Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

Race 6, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 3:58 p.m.

DUBAI SKY (bay colt, Candy Ride—House of Danzing, by Chester House) is a full-brother to Twirling Candy, who won the Grade 1 Malibu and Grade 2 Strub on the dirt, the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby on the turf, and the Grade 2 Californian on a synthetic surface. Dubai Sky also is a half-brother to Ethnic Division, who last year won the second division of the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby. Twirling Candy and Ethnic Division are the only two starters out of their dam, who had a runner-up finish in two starts.

Owner: Besilu Stables

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

FOWLER AVENUE (gray/roan colt, Zensational—Steph’s Tee, by Lil E. Tee) is a half-brother to Tee Game, who won a restricted stakes over the all-weather at Woodbine. Their dam, a three-time winner on the dirt who is a full-sister to Indiana Downs stakes winner Tee to Green, has produced four winners from five starters, with Tee Game being her only winner on the grass.

Owner: MeB Racing Stables LLC & Brooklyn Boyz Stables

Trainer: Dominick Schettino

Jockey: Corey Lanerie

Sales history: $95,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

SUMMER DANCER (gray/roan colt, Pulpit—Summer Wind Dancer, by Siberian Summer) is out of a mare who won the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap and Grade 3 Hawthorne Handicap and was third in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet. Summer Wind Dancer’s progeny include Bahama Bound, who placed in four stakes, including the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap. Four of six starters out of Summer Wind Dancer have won, including two on the turf.

Owner: Z R J Stables

Trainer: David Cannizzo

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

Sales history: $90,000 Keeneland January yearling

 

ROYAL SQUEEZE (chestnut colt, Wildcat Heir—Mop Squeezer, by Roanoke) is a half-brother to Callmethesqueeze, who won two stakes on the turf and one on the dirt at Calder; and Squeezer’s Palace, who took a restricted stakes on the dirt at River Downs. Their dam won three stakes on the dirt at Calder and has produced six winners from seven starters, including three on the turf.

Owner: James Covello, Thomas Coleman & Doheny Racing Stable

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $310,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for Forbes’ Firsters, a first-time starter running in a non-statebred race must meet at least one of the following criteria:

? Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare

? Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner

? Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare

? Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner

? Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000

? Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000

? Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner

? Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner

? Sold for at least $300,000 at auction

Forbes’ Firsters is a collaboration among Jon Forbes, Susie Raisher, and Lily Pierce

 

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, August 8, 2014

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, August 8, 2014

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, 5 ½ furlongs, turf, 1:31 p.m.

HILLBILLY STYLE (bay colt, Malibu Moon—Stylish, by Thunder Gulch) is out of a mare who won the Grade 3 Ballston Spa Handicap, Grade 3 Distaff Turf Mile, and Grade 3 Eatontown Handicap, all on the grass. Stylish has produced three winners (two on the grass) from four starters. Hillbilly Style’s second dam, Miss Lenora, won the Grade 3 Bewitch and was a full-sister to Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) winner Madeline’s Dream. Hillbilly Style’s third dam, L’Attrayante, also annexed the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches.

Owner: Willis D. Horton

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Corey Lanerie

Sales history: $150,000 Keeneland September yearling; $250,000 OBS June 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)

 

DELTA OUTLAW (bay colt, Tiznow—Mistical Plan, by Game Plan) is the first foal out of his dam, a dirt runner who when sprinting won the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap and when routing took the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks and was third in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap.

Owner:  R A Hill Stable

Trainer: George Weaver

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales history:  $410,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Race 4, 2-year-old fillies, 5 ½ furlongs, turf, 2:34 p.m.

CO (chestnut filly, Candy Ride—Pure Symmetry, by Storm Cat) is a grandson of Hall of Famer Serena’s Song, who won 11 Grade 1s, with her most lucrative scores coming against males in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational and Grade 2 Jim Beam. Serena’s Song also has been successful as a broodmare, producing Sophisticat, who won the Group 1 Coronation in England; Grand Reward, who took the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap on the dirt and placed in four group stakes in England and Ireland; Harlington, who won the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap; Schramsberg, winner of the Grade 3 John B. Connally Turf Cup Handicap; and three-time stakes winner Serena’s Tune. Pure Symmetry, who was winless in six starts, is a full-sister to Sophisticat, Grand Reward, Harlington, and Schramsberg. She has produced three winners from as many starters, none on the turf.

Owner: Andrew Rosen

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales history: $170,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

MAGNIFICENT MARGO (dark bay or brown filly, Congrats—Holy Miss, by Holy Bull) is a half-sister to General Charley, who ran primarily on the grass and won five stakes and was third in the Grade 3 John B. Connally Turf Handicap; and Truly Lucky, who won a stakes on the dirt at Sam Houston and was stakes placed on the turf at Lone Star Park. All seven starters out of Holy Miss have won, with General Charley and Truly Lucky being her only turf winners. Magnificent Margo’s second dam, Last Blood, won the Aspidistra Handicap on the turf at Calder Race Course.

Owner: Jeff Drown

Trainer: Michael Maker

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $80,000 Keeneland September yearling; $85,000 OBS April 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 2/5 seconds, video)

 

LADY ZUZU (dark bay or brown filly, Dynaformer—Indy Pick, by A.P. Indy), the sale topper at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, is a half-sister to Optimizer, who has won the Grade 3 Kent, Grade 3 Fair Grounds Handicap, and Grade 3 Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap and placed in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic and Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap, all on the turf. Optimizer is one of two winners from four starters out of Indy Pick, with Humdinger also winning on the grass. Lady Zuzu’s second dam, Fantastic Find, won the Grade 1 Hempstead Handicap on the dirt and produced Grade 1 Matron and Grade 1 Acorn heroine Finder’s Fee. Fantastic Find is a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Dancing Spree and Furlough.

Owner: Three Chimneys Farm

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $1,225,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for Forbes’ Firsters, a first-time starter running in a non-statebred race must meet at least one of the following criteria:

? Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare

? Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner

? Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare

? Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner

? Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000

? Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000

? Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner

? Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner

? Sold for at least $300,000 at auction

Forbes’ Firsters is a collaboration among Jon Forbes, Susie Raisher, and Lily Pierce

 

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 3, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 3, 2014

Race 1, 2-year-old fillies, six furlongs, dirt, 1 p.m.

HARBOURING (dark bay or brown filly, Indian Charlie—Snug Harbour, by Boston Harbor) is a full-sister to Star Harbour, who so far in his career has won a single stakes, the restricted Sunshine State at Gulfstream Park, and finished third in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector. Harbour also is a half-sister to Lemon Point, who is stakes placed on the turf at Gulfstream and Belmont Park. Their dam, who won a listed stakes at Calder Race Course, is a half-sister to Sunland Park stakes winner Tee Cat. All three starters out of Snug Harbour have won.

Owner: Peter Vegso

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

KINSLEY(dark bay or brown filly, Pulpit—Uninhibited Song, by Unbridled’s Song) is out of a mare who won stakes at Bay Meadows and Golden Gate Fields and has produced a pair of winners from four starters to date. Uninhibited Song is a half-sister to Grade 2 Cowdin victor Twilight Time.

Owner: Cheyenne Stables

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $300,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling

 

FEATHERED (bay filly, Indian Charlie—Receipt, by Dynaformer) is out of a mare who was third in a listed stakes at Saratoga and has produced one winner from two previous starters. Feathered’s second dam, Finder’s Fee, won the Grade 1 Matron at 2 and the Grade 1 Acorn at 3, while his third dam, Fantastic Find, was victorious in the Grade 1 Hempstead Handicap.

Owner: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $300,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 seconds, video)

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for Forbes’ Firsters, a first-time starter running in a non-statebred race must meet at least one of the following criteria:

? Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare

? Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner

? Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare

? Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner

? Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000

? Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000

? Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner

? Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner

? Sold for at least $300,000 at auction

Forbes’ Firsters is a collaboration among Jon Forbes, Susie Raisher, and Lily Pierce