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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 21, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Race 8, 2-year-old Fillies, 5 ½ Furlongs, Turf, 4:47 p.m.

ZINDAYA (dark bay or brown filly, More Than Ready—Aristocratic Lady, by Kris S.) is the second foal out of her dam to race, the other being Western Aristocrat, who won the Grade 1 Jamaica Handicap on the turf and was Grade 3-placed in England. Aristocratic Lady won on turf in France and on dirt in the United States.

Owner: Regis Racing

Trainer: Christophe Clement

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

ALMURRA (bay filly, by Street Cry—Alwajeeha, by Dixieland Band) is out of her dam, who captured the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup and Grade 3 Appalachian on the turf. Her only other foal to race, Elmutahid, has one win in seven starts and is winless in four grass tries.

Owner:  Shadwell Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

A LITTLE BIT SASSY (dark bay/brown filly, More Than Ready—Miss A. Bomb, by Lemon Drop Kid) is the first foal out of her dam, who won sprint stakes at Presque Isle Downs and Turfway Park. Miss A. Bomb is a daughter of listed stakes winner and Grade 3-placed sprinter Aerturas, making her a half-sister to multiple graded stakes-placed Cargo, the dam of Grade 1 Preakness winner Red Bullet.

Owner: Ramon S. Bass

Trainer: Michael Matz

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $220,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 18, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 18, 2013

Race 5, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 3:03 p.m.

WACO (dark bay or brown colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Sangrita, by Mr. Greeley) is out of a mare who won the Grade 2 Chilukki at one mile on the main track. Sangrita is a half-sister to Grade 1 Suburban Handicap victor Offlee Wild and Recoleta, the dam of European group stakes winners Silent Times and Rock of Rochelle. Sangrita has produced one winner from two foals to race.

Owner: William L. Clifton, Jr.

Trainer: H. James Bond

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

Sales history: $280,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Race 11, 2-year-old Fillies, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 6:18 p.m.

JAZIL’S DREAM (chestnut filly, Jazil—American Dreamer, by Quest for Fame) is a half-sister to Maram, who debuted a winner in a maiden claiming race on turf as a 2-year-old before going on to win the Grade 3 Miss Grillo and the inaugural running of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. She later added triumphs in the John Hettinger and Miss Liberty. Maram is American Dreamer’s only winner from two foals to races.

Owner: Karen Woods

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 17, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 17, 2013

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, 6 ½ Furlongs, Dirt, 2:00 p.m.

REBRANDED (bay colt, Tiznow—Bayou Breeze, by A.P. Indy) is out of a mare who won a route stakes at Monmouth Park as a 3-year-old. Bayou Breeze has a half-brother, Meteorologist, who has won stakes going long on dirt in Japan. Bayou Breeze has produced two named foals of racing age, both multiple winners.

Owner: Newtown Anner Stud

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)

 

TAPITURE (chestnut colt, Tapit—Free Spin, by Olympio) is a full-brother to Retap, who won a sprint stakes at Sunland Park and was second in the Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Juvenile over a route of ground as a 2-year-old, and Remit, who captured a pair of two-turn stakes at Prairie Meadows. All three starters out of Free Spin have won. Free Spin herself won three races, all sprints.

Owner: Ron Winchell

Trainer: Steven Asmussen

Jockey: Ron Winchell

 

LONG WATER (gray/roan colt, Elusive Quality—Round Pond, by Awesome Again) is the second foal out of the 2005 Grade 1 Acorn and 2006 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner. Round Pond’s only other foal of racing age, Long River, broke his maiden as a 2-year-old in a route race last December at Aqueduct Racetrack and is unplaced in a pair of graded stakes starts.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Joseph Rocco, Jr.

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, August 15, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, August 15, 2013

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

TONY B (chestnut colt, Old Fashioned—Teruko, by Coronado’s Quest) is out of a mare who has produced two winners from two starters, including Safe Trip, who has won stakes at Sunland Park and Zia Park and was second in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore at Monmouth Park. Teruko is a winning half-sister to Grade 3 Honorable Miss heroine Willa On the Move and listed stakes winner Grecian Maiden.

Owner: My Meadowview Farm

Trainer: Nicholas Zito

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $100,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling; $500,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 2/5 seconds, video)

 

DIVINE ENERGY (gray/roan colt, Tapit—Pure Symmetry, by Storm Cat) is out of a placed daughter of 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. As a broodmare, Serena’s Song produced stakes winners Sophisticate (Group 1), Grand Reward (Grade 2), Harlington (Grade 2), Schramsberg (Grade 3), and Serena’s Tune. Pure Symmetry has produced two winners from as many starters.

Owner: WinStar Farm

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $390,000 Keeneland September yearling