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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 Saturday, August 31, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 31, 2013

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, Seven Furlongs, Dirt, 2:00 p.m.

PURPLE SKY (bay colt, Pulpit—Tessa Blue, by Awesome Again) is out of a mare who won the Grade 3 Indiana Oaks. Tessa Blue, a half-sister to listed stakes winner Inner Harbour, has produced one starter, Elite Warrior, who lone win has come in a maiden claiming race at Calder Race Course.

Owner: Bruce Lunsford

Trainer: Albert Stall, Jr.

Jockey: Robby Albarado

 

HONOR CODE (dark bay or brown colt, by A.P. Indy—Serena’s Cat, by Storm Cat) is a half-brother to Noble Tune, who has won the Grade 2 American Turf and Grade 3 Pilgrim and was second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Their dam won a turf sprint stakes at Monmouth Park and is a half-sister to Vocalised, a two-time Group 3 winner in England. Honor Code’s second dam is Serena’s Tune, who won listed stakes on dirt and turf, and his third dam is Hall of Famer Serena’s Song, who won 12 Grade 1 races between the ages of 2 and 4, including the Haskell Invitational Handicap against males.

Owner: Lane’s End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm

Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III

Jockey: John Velazquez

 

MISCONNECT (gray/roan colt, Unbridled’s Song—Summer Raven, by Summer Squall) is a full-brother to Winslow Homer, who won the Grade 3 Holy Bull. Their dam captured the Grade 3 Tempted as a 2-year-old. Winslow Homer is her only winner from three starters.

Owner: Repole Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $180,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 2/5 seconds, video)

Race 5, All 2-year-olds, Seven Furlongs, Dirt, 3:02 p.m.

ALL MY MEMORIES (bay colt, Elusive Quality—Regal Engagement, by Cat Thief) is out of a mare who won the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan. Regal Engagement’s only other foal to race is winless in five starts.

Owner: Mr Amore Stable

Trainer: Jason Servis

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Sales history: $60,000 Keeneland September yearling; $120,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)

 

GOOD RESPONSE (dark bay or brown colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Any for Love, by Southern Halo) is out of an Argentine-bred who won that country’s Group 1 Premio Mil Guineas (Argentine 1000 Guineas) and was third in the Grade 3 Las Cienegas on the turf in the United States. All five of her foals to race have won, including Distorted Love, who was second in the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Joe Bravo

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Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 25, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 25, 2013

Race 2, 2-year-old Fillies, 5 ½ Furlongs, Dirt, 1:30 p.m.

POTOSI (bay filly, Badge of Silver—Classy Date, by Saint Ballado) is a half-sister to Jehan, who won a listed sprint stakes at Monmouth Park and also was stakes placed on the turf. Their dam is a placed half-sister to Deputy Warlock, who won the Cradle Stakes as a juvenile and placed in a pair of Grade 3 races. Classy Date has produced five starters, and four have won.

Owner: Starlight Racing

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $125,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

MEI LING (bay filly, Empire Maker—Lochinvar’s Gold, by Seeking the Gold) is the first foal out of a two-time winning half-sister to Master Command, who took five graded route stakes, including the Grade 2 Meadowlands Cup and Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap. Lochnivar’s Gold also is a half-sister to Aurora Lights, who captured the Grade 3 Sabin.

Owner: Barry Schwartz

Trainer: Michael Hushion

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

Sales history: $500,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

GRATITUDE (bay filly, Elusive Quality—Tizdubai, by Cee’s Tizzy) is out of a mare who won the Grade 2 Sorrento as a 2-year-old. Tizdubai is a full-sister to Horse of the Year and two-time Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Tiznow, five-time graded stakes victor and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up Budroyale, and California-bred stakes winner Tizbud. Tizdubai has produced one winner from four starters.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

Race 8, 2-year-old Fillies, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 4:44 p.m.

SABBATICAL (bay filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Daydreaming, by A.P. Indy) is out of a mare who won the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap, Grade 3 Indiana Oaks, and Grade 3 Next Move Handicap. Daydreaming is a full-sister to Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational victor Girolamo and Grade 3 Pilgrim winner/Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap third-place finisher Accelerator. She also is a full-sister to Supercharger, the dam of Grade 1 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, and is a half-sister to stakes winner Harborage. Daydreaming has produced two winners from three starters, with both of her winners having prevailed on the turf. One of them, Imagining, was second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby on grass.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

ZINZAY (dark bay or brown filly, Smart Strike—Music Room, by Unbridled’s Song) is the first foal to race out of his dam, an unraced half-sister to Music Note, who posted Grade 1 scores in the Beldame, Coaching Club American Oaks, Ballerina, and Mother Goose, and Musical Chimes, a turf runner who captured the Group 1 Poule D’Essai Des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) and Grade 1 John C. Mabee Handicap.

Owner: Regis Racing

Trainer: George Arnold, II

Jockey: Joseph Rocco, Jr.

Sales history: $250,000 Keeneland September yearling; $700,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

CROWN QUEEN (dark bay or brown filly, Smart Strike—Delta Princess, by A.P. Indy) is a half-sister to Royal Delta, who has won five Grade 1 races, including two editions of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, and has received the Eclipse Awards for Champion Three-Year-Old Filly and Champion Older Female. A half-brother to Crown Queen, Empire Way, was second in the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis, and another half-sister, Carnival Queen, was third in the Grade 1 Alabama eight days ago. Their dam won a pair of Grade 3 races on the turf: the Grade 3 Mint Julep and the Grade 3 Locust Grove Handicap.

Owner: Beslilu Stables

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Mike Smith

Sales history: $1,600,000 Keeneland November weanling

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Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, August 24, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, August 24, 2013

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 12:37 p.m.

MR SPEAKER (dark bay or brown colt, Pulpit—Salute, by Unbridled) is out of a graded stakes-placed daughter of Hall of Famer Personal Ensign, who was unbeaten in 13 starts and won eight Grade 1 races, including the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Salute was second in the Grade 2 Demoiselle and third in the Grade 3 Tempted as a juvenile and is a half-sister to Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Miner’s Mark, Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies heroine My Flag, and Grade 1 Oaklawn Handicap victor Traditionally. Personal Ensign produced one turf winner from two foals to try the surface. Salute’s only foal to race, State Flag, has one win in 15 starts, and that victory came in a turf race.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III

Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

PROOF OF CONCEPT (chestnut colt, Danehill Dancer—Nasty Storm, by Gulch) is out of a sprinter who won the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Distaff Handicap and Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap and placed in the Grade 1  Spinaway and Grade 1 Test. Nasty Storm has produced one winner from two starters, with A Touch Wild winning two races on the turf and one dirt race in Italy.

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence

Trainer: Dale Romans

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $250,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

BEHEDEMAN (chestnut colt, Eddington—Ragtime Hope, by Dixieland Band) is a full-brother to Secret Circle, who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint as a 2-year-old and at 3 stretched out to take the Grade 2 Rebel and a division of the Grade 3 Southwest. Secret Circle also was second in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby. Another full-brother to Behedeman, Eddington Limit, won three races on synthetic surfaces. Their dam won a pair of stakes at Calder Race Course: a five-furlong dash on the dirt and a 1 1/16-mile turf event.

Owner: Willmott Stables

Trainer: Mark Hennig

Jockey: Mike Smith

 

LULU LE’ MON (bay colt, Lemon Drop Kid—Emanating, by Cox’s Ridge) is a half-brother to this year’s Grade 1 Man o’ War winner Boisterous, who has won seven total graded stakes on the grass. Their dam was a stakes winner and was Grade 1-placed (third in the Test) on the dirt and was graded stakes-placed on the grass (second in the Grade 3 All Along and third in the Grade 2 Lake Placid Handicap). Emanating is a half-sister to Grade 1 NYRA Mile victor Gold Fever. 

Owner: Jim Bakke & Gerry Ibister

Trainer: Anthony Dutrow

Jockey: Alex Solis

Sales history: $110,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, August 23, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, August 23, 2013

Race 1, All 2-year-olds, 5 ½ Furlongs, Dirt, 1:00 p.m.

HAVANA (gray/roan colt, Dunkirk—Missy Turtle, by Kyle’s Our Man) is a half-sister to Among the Willows, who placed in a route stakes at Northlands Park. Miss Turtle, who has produced three winners from five starters, is a winning half-sister to stakes-winning sprinters Chief J Strongbow, who took a listed stakes at Laurel Park, and Egg Head, who captured a listed stakes at Delaware Park before finishing second to Lost in the Fog in the Grade 2 Riva Ridge. Havan’s second dam, Redding Ridge, won three sprint stakes.

Owner: Michael Tabor, John Magnier & Derrick Smith

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $50,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling; $575,000 Barretts March 2-year-old (one furlong in 9 3/5 seconds, video)

 

CHOMSKY (chestnut colt, Distorted Humor—Meerkat Miss, by Giant’s Causeway) is the first foal out of his unraced dam, a half-sister to European Champion Two-Year-Old Male Hold That Tiger, who won the Group 1 Grand Criterium on the turf in France and was third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on the dirt. Hold That Tiger is by Storm Cat, the sire of Giant’s Causeway. Meerkat Miss is also a half-sister to Grade 1 Belmont Stakes winner Editor’s Note and stakes winners Catnip and Catfriend. Chomsky’s second dam, Beware of the Cat, was a stakes winner and was Grade 2-placed.

Owner: Reddam Racing

Trainer: Mark Hennig

Jockey: Javier Castellano

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

 

KOWBOY KING (bay colt, Kodiak Kowboy—Kivi, by King of Kings) is a half-brother to Regally Ready, who has won the Grade 1 Nearctic and Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. All three foals out of Kivi to race have won. Kivi is a stakes-placed half-sister to restricted turf stakes victor Legend of Russia and is a daughter of Vilikaia, who captured a Group 3 in France and was second in the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas. 

Owner: Harry C. & Tom O. Meyerhoff

Trainer: Michael Trombetta

Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez

Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

MISCHIEVIOUSLY (bay colt, Indian Charlie—Illicit, by Mr. Prospector) is a half-brother to Gone Astray, who took the Grade 2 Ohio Derby and Grade 3 Salvatore Mile, and Contentious, who was Group 3-placed in Germany. Their dam is an unraced half-sister to Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Smuggler and a daughter of Champion Older Female/Hall of Famer Inside Information.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III

Jockey: Joseph Rocco, Jr.

 

KENDALL’S BOY (bay colt, Sky Mesa—Golden Damsel, by Gold Token) is out of a mare who won the Bouwerie for New York-breds and was second in the Grade 3 Affectionately Handicap. Golden Damsel has produced two winners from as many foals to start, including two-time stakes-placed turfer Instant Style.

Owner: Jerry Namy

Trainer: Thomas Amoss

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling