Sunday, July 20, 2014
Forbes’ Firsters for Monday, July 21, 2014
Race 2, 2-year-old fillies, 5 ½ furlongs, turf, 1:31 p.m.
NEILINGER (bay filly, Tapit—Pursuit of Glory, by Fusaichi Pegasus) is the first foal out of a mare who was third in the Group 1 Cheveley Park at Ireland and is a granddaughter of Sophisticat, who won the Group 1 Coronation in England and was third in the Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1,000 Guineas). Neilinger’s third dam is Hall of Famer Serena Song, also the dam of Grade 2 Oaklawn Park Handicap winner Grand Reward and Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap victor Harlington.
Owner: Lee Pokoik
Trainer: Gary Contessa
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Sales history: $205,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)
RIDDLE ME THIS (dark bay or brown filly, Eskendereya—Queen Joanne, by Mr. Greeley) is the first foal out of his dam, who was second in the Pebbles on the turf. Queen Joanne herself is a half-sister to Stevie Wonderboy, who won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Grade 2 Del Mar Futurity en route to being named Champion Two-Year-Old Male, and Theyskens’ Theory, who won the Group 3 Prestige in England and was second in the Grade 1 Garden City.
Owner: Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables, and The Elkstone Group
Trainer: Rudy Rodriguez
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling
DELAWARE BAY (dark bay or brown filly, Scat Daddy—Two Dot Slew, by Evansville Slew) is a half-sister to Angelica Zapata, who has won two turf stakes, an all-weather stakes, and six dirt stakes. Her turf stakes wins came in the Wasted Tears at Gulfstream Park and Capuano Handicap at Calder. The only other starter out of Two Dot Slew won two races on the dirt and one over an all-weather surface. Two Dot Slew placed in a single stakes on the turf and three on the dirt and is a half-sister to Dash of Humor, who won stakes on both surfaces.
Owner: Richlyn Farm Inc.
Trainer: George Weaver
Jockey: Edgar Prado
Sales history: $130,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)
RAINHA DA BATERIA (chestnut filly, Broken Vow—Amelia, by Dixieland Band) is half-sister to Kindergarden Kid, who won the Grade 3 Sycamore on the turf and was third in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational; He’s Had Enough, second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile; and Assateague, third in the Pebbles on the grass. Their dam won the Frances E. Genter over the spinach. Rainha Da Bateria’s second dam, Aguilegia, won the Grade 2 New York Handicap and Grade 3 Black Helen Handicap on the turf and also produced Bertolini, who won the Group 3 July Stakes in England and placed in three Group 1 races in Europe, and Alchemilla, who took a restricted stakes on the dirt at Belmont.
Owner: Three Chimneys Farm
Trainer: H. Graham Motion
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
Sales history: $435,000 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