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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, August 16, 2014

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 16, 2014

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

CAN’T HAPPEN HERE (dark bay or brown colt, Desert Party—Forbidden Kiss, by Touch Gold) is a half-brother to Indulgence, who placed in seven stakes, including a third in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap sprinting on the dirt. Indulgence won three races in her career, one on an all-weather surface and two on the grass. Forbidden Kiss has produced two winners from four starters, with Forbidden Brew also winning on the grass. Forbidden Kiss’s only win came on the turf, and she’s a half-sister to turfer Diadella, who won the Grade 2 Canadian Handicap. She also is a half-sister to dirt runners El Kingdom, a two-time stakes winner at Calder; and Say a Novena, who won stakes at Parx and Monmouth Park and was second in the Grade 2 Forward Gal and Grade 3 Old Hat.

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

COMPTON COUNTY (bay colt, Harlan’s Holiday—Pay Lady, by Seeking the Gold) is a half-brother to Lighthouse Bay, who won last year’s Grade 1 Prioress. Lighthouse Bay is one of two winners from three starters out of Pay Lady, who was unraced.

Owner: Richlyn Farm Inc.

Trainer: George Weaver

Jockey: Joe Rocco, Jr.

 

COURTIER (bay colt, Pioneerof the Nile—Soothing Touch, by Touch Gold) is out of the same mare as Emollient, who has won the Grade 1 Ashland and Grade 1 Spinster on a synthetic surface and the Grade 1 American Oaks on the turf. Emollient is by Empire Maker, the sire of Pioneerof the Nile. Soothing Touch herself was winless in six starts.

Owner: Juddmonte Farms

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

 

Race 6, All 2-year-olds, 6 ½ furlongs, dirt, 3:43 p.m.

GODIVA LIMOUSINE (bay colt, Bernardini—Stormy Welcome, by Storm Cat) looks to become the first winner out of his dam, who has produced one other starter to date. Stormy Welcome is an unraced daughter of Grade 3 Dogwood winner Welcome Surprise, herself a daughter of two-time Grade 1 winner Weekend Surprise, the dam of Horse of the Year/Belmont Stakes winner A.P. Indy and Preakness winner Summer Squall.

Owner: Joseph H. Moss

Trainer: Nicholas P. Zito

Jockey: Joe Bravo

Sales history: $410,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FAIR ADVANTAGE (bay colt, Bernardini—Miss Kate, by Storm Cat) is out of the same mare as Raconteur, who won the Private Terms at Laurel Park, and Katerbug, winner of the Audubon Oaks at Ellis Park. Miss Kate has produced four winners from six starters. Fair Advantage is by a son of A.P. Indy, the sire of Raconteur and the grandsire of Katerbug, a daughter of Pulpit. Their dam was third in a stakes at the Meadowlands and is out of Grade 1 Monmouth Oaks winner Dream Deal, making her a half-sister to Grade 1 Spinster heroine Clear Mandate and Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Handicap winner Dream Scheme.

Owner: G. Watts Humphrey, Jr.

Trainer: George Arnold II

Jockey: Joe Rocco, Jr.

Sales history: $300,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

ZENNOR (gray/roan colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Zelanda, by Night Shift) is a half-brother to Time Prisoner, who won the Group 3 Prix de Ris-Orangis in France, and Pearl Chrome, a listed stakes winner in England. Their dam captured a listed stakes in England and is a half-sister to French Group 3 winner Emily Bronte.

Owner: Godolphin Racing

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

 

GORGEOUS BIRD (gray/roan colt, Unbridled’s Song—Elusive Bird, by Elusive Quality) is out of an unraced daughter of Bird Town, who won the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and Grade 1 Acorn en route to being named Champion Three-Year-Old Filly. Bird Town is a half-sister to Birdstone, who captured the Grade 1 Champagne, Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, and Grade 1 Travers. Elusive Bird has produced one winner, Grade 3 Forward Gal runner-up Pow Pow Pow, from two starters.

Owner: Marylou Whitney Stables

Trainer: Ian Wilkes

Jockey: Brian Hernandez, Jr.

 

KABANG (chestnut colt, Tapit—Aventina, by Dynaformer) is out of an unplaced half-sister to Grade 3 Razorback Handicap victor Desert Air and listed stakes winner/multiple Grade 3-placed Desert Demon. Aventina has produced two starters, and both have won a single race apiece.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

Sales history: $425,000 Keeneland September 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 and Susie Raisher.

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, August 14

Susie Raisher

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, August 14

Race 6, All 2-year-olds, five furlongs, dirt, 3:10 p.m.

MALIBUWARRIOR (chestnut colt, Malibu Moon—Alpha Kitten, by Tale of the Cat) is the first foal from his dam, a graded stakes winner who earned  more than $225,000. Alpha Kitten was a Del Mar debut winner at 2 who went on to take Santa Anita’s G2 Santa Ynez in January of her 3-year-old season. She placed in two additional graded stakes races, all on all-weather tracks. Second dam Alpha Mama is a full-sister to Marylebone, winner of the G1 Matron at Belmont as a 2-year-old. Malibu Warrior was the fourth highest price offspring of Malibu Moon to sell as a yearling at auction in 2013.

Owner: Alto Racing, LLC

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $500,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

BINGLEY (bay colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Funny Feeling, by Distorted Humor) is the first foal from his dam. Funny Feeling broke her maiden upon her debut in the fall of her 2-year-old season at Churchill Downs. She would go on to become a stakes winner and twice stakes placed sprinting on the dirt. Funny Feeling is a daughter of Hookedonthefeelin, a Grade 1 winner. Other offspring of Hookedonthefeelin include Grade 1 winners Pussycat Doll and Jimmy Creed, the latter of which is a full-brother to Funny Feeling. All three achieved their success at sprint distances on the dirt. Bingley was among the top 10 auction yearlings for his sire.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Christopher DeCarlo

Sales history: $400,000 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 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