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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, July 26, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, July 26, 2014

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, six furlongs, dirt, 2:02 p.m.

THIRTYSILVERPIECES (dark bay or brown ridgling, Badge of Silver—Crumbs of Comfort, by Pulpit) is a half-brother to Amen Kitten, a son Kitten’s Joy whose accomplishments include a win in the Tropical Park Derby on the turf and was third in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby. The only other starter out of Crumbs of Comfort is winless in seven starts.

Owner: Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey

Trainer: Wesley Ward

Jockey: Robby Albarado

 

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 Madcap Escapade 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: Junior Alvarado

Sales history: $350,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

TODAY’S AGENDA (gray/roan colt, Monba—Alison’s Winner, by Pine Bluff) is a half-brother to Nellie Cashman, who took last year’s Grade 3 Virginia Oaks on the turf. Their dam, who has produced three winners from as many starters, won two stakes at Thistledown and a single stakes at Mountaineer.

Owner: Alex & JoAnn Lieblong

Trainer: Anthony Dutrow

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $75,000 OBS August yearling; $180,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

CAPTAIN MOSS (bay colt, Quality Road—Deal of the Decade, by Tiznow) is out of an unplaced half-sister to Clear Mandate, who earned Grade 1 victories in the Shuvee Handicap, Spinster, and John A. Morris; Dream Scheme, who took the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Distaff Handicap; and A Diehl, a two-time winner of the listed J. Kenneth Self Shelby County Boys and Girls Club Stakes at Indiana Downs. Captain Moss’ second dam, Dream Deal, won the Grade 1 Monmouth Oaks and was a half-sister to Grade 1 Belmont Stakes winner Crème Fraiche.

Owner: Hurricane Boys & Richard Pell

Trainer: Nicholas Zito

Jockey: Joe Bravo

Sales history:  $100,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

ALDRIN (chestnut colt, Malibu Moon—Tap Your Heels, by Unbridled) is a half-brother to Grade 1 Wood Memorial winner and top sire Tapit and to two-time stakes-placed runner Overandabeauty. Both Aldrin and Tapit are by sons of A.P. Indy, with Tapit being a son of Pulpit. Aldrin’s dam won a restricted at Colonial Downs and is a half-sister to three-time Grade 1 winner Rubiano.

Owner: Mt. Brilliant Farm, Gainesway Stable & Robert LaPenta

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales history:  $1 million Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 9 4/5 seconds, video)

 

ALSO ELIGIBLE

COMPETITIVE EDGE(bay colt, Super Saver—Magdalena’s Chase, by Cape Town) is the first foal out of his dam, a sprinter who placed in stakes at Remington Park, Sunland Park, and Turf Paradise.

Owner: Nancy Favreau & Kathy Psoinos

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $750,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 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

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, July 24, 2014

Susie Raisher

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, July 24, 2014

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, five furlongs, dirt, 1 p.m.

BULLY PROOF (dark bay or brown colt, Bellamy Road—Flaming Slew, by Slew City Slew) is the first foal from his dam, Flaming Slew, who finished third in the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks when it was 1 ¼ miles at Belmont Park. Flaming Slew broke her maiden at three in a career that saw her earn $188,630. Bully Proof exceeded the average auction price for his sire.

Owner: Alan R. Cook, Larry Pratt, and Jacquie Dalton

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $55,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling

 

VILLALOBOS (bay colt, Desert Party—Rokeby Rosie, by Prized) is the seventh registered foal of his dam, three of whom have won from five starters. Rokeby Rosie is a half-sister to Hall of Fame member Silverbulletday. A champion at two and three, Silverbulletday earned more than $3 million in a career that included five Grade 1 victories, including Saratoga’s own Alabama. Silverbulletday is the dam of stakes-placed Tice, while her daughters have turned out a pair of graded stakes winners in Shakin It Up and Govenor Charlie. A second half-sister to Rokeby Rosie, Garden Secrets, has produced a pair of graded stakes winners, including Grade 1 Acorn winner Forest Secrets.

Owner: Nicholas Cammarano, Jr.

Trainer: Guadalupe Preciado

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

Sales history: $90,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling, $75,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 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 Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Race 2, 2-year-old fillies, five furlongs, dirt, 1:00 p.m.

DESIGNER SOXX (dark bay or brown filly, Half Ours—Elegant Designer, by Suave Prospect) is a half-sister to Designer Legs, who won last year’s Grade 2 Adirondack by disqualification. Their dam, who has produced two winners from as many starters, won four stakes, including the NTRA Great State Challenge Juvenile Fillies Invitational.

Owner: Valene Farm

Trainer: Dallas Stewart

Jockey: Brian Hernandez, Jr.

Sales history: $45,000 Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana yearling

 

OVERSPENDING(bay filly, Harlan’s Holiday—Marfa’s Squall, by Marfa) is a half-sister to Western Prize, who won stakes at Zia Park, Albuquerque, and Ruidoso on the dirt and was third in the Grade 3 Hawthorne Derby on the turf; and Wicked Deed, who took the Tiffany Lass at the Fair Grounds. Their dam, who has produced seven winners from seven starters, is a half-sister to restricted stakes winners Wadif and Western Quality.

Owner: Repole Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $100,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling; $340,000 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

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Monday, July 21, 2014

Jon Forbes

 

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