NYRA

The New York Racing Association


Print this Page Bookmark and Share

Blog

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 THURSDAY, AUGUST 16

Jon Forbes

RACE 3, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, 5 ½ FURLONGS, DIRT, 2:10 P.M.

 

MIDNITE POPPA (2yo bay colt, Unbridled’s Song—Island Sand, by Tabasco Cat) is out of a mare who won the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes and the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap, and placed second in the 2004 Kentucky Oaks. Island Sand has produced only one winner from three foals to race.

Owner: My Meadowview Farm
Trainer: Nicholas Zito
Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

NATIONAL PRAYER (2yo bay colt, Songandaprayer—Senate Caucus, by Siphon) doesn’t have the most illustrious immediate family, with only one winning sibling from three to race, but his third dam, Ruby Slippers, is the dam of multiple Grade 1 winning sprinter Rubiano, as well as the granddam of Grade 3 Laurel Futurity and Grade 1 Wood Memorial winner Tapit. Ruby Slippers is from a very productive family, as her second dam Foggy Note was not only a multiple stakes winner, but also the dam of Grade 3 La Jolla Mile Stakes and Grade 3 Del Mar Derby winner Relaunch. Relaunch’s full sister, multiple stakes winner Moon Glitter, is the dam of Ruby Slippers, along with multiple stakes-winning sprinter Glitterman.

Owner: Brittany Stover
Trainer: Michael Hushion
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $12,500 Fasig-Tipton Eastern September yearling

 

WILL TAKE CHARGE (2yo chestnut colt, Unbridled’s Song—Take Charge Lady, by Dehere) is out of multiple Grade 1 winner Take Charge Lady, who was victorious in the first three starts of her career, including the Grade 2 Alcibiades Stakes at age two, and later posted Grade 1 wins in the Ashland Stakes and Overbrook Spinster Stakes, winning the latter event twice. Take Charge Lady has produced three winners from four foals to race, including Grade 1 Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy.

Owner: Willis D. Horton
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $425,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

TAKAJO (2yo bay colt, Congrats—Ariel Rose, by Black Mambo) is the first foal from his dam, who never won in eight career starts but is a half-sister to multiple stakes winning sprinters Blue Pepsi Love and Mach Ride, the latter of which also won the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap.

Owner: Long Lake Stable LLC
Trainer: John Terranova, II
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $40,000 OBS August yearling, $300,000 Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 13

Jon Forbes

RACE 7, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, 5 ½ FURLONGS, TURF, 4:21 P.M.

 

COCONUT SHRIMP (2yo chestnut filly, Giant’s Causeway—Weekend Whim, by Distorted Humor) is the first foal out of his unraced dam, a full-sister to Grade 1 Haskell Invitational winner Any Given Saturday. A half-sister to Weekend Whim, Bohemian Lady, won the Grade 3 Cicada. Weekend Whim has no siblings who have won on turf.

Owner: Repole Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $170,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

JONATA (2yo chestnut filly, Proud Citizen—Romp and Stomp, by Olympio) is a half-sister to Pinch Pie, winner of a minor stakes on turf at Monmouth Park and third in the Grade 1 Alabama on dirt, and a pair of stakes-placed runners. Their dam, a winner on turf, is a half-sister to Volponi, who upset the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic and was a multiple graded stakes winner on grass.

Owner: Barry K. Schwartz
Trainer: Michael Hushion
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

DANCING FOR GLORY (2yo gray/roan filly, Exchange Rate—Hard Evidence, by Alleged) is a half-sister to Rapid Proof, who on turf won the listed Robert B. Connally Handicap, and Second Offense, who was stakes placed on grass. Another half-sibling, Hot Springs, won a non-black-type stakes over timber.

Owner: Michael J. Ryan
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $100,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling; $105,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 4/5 seconds, video)

 

 

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 12

Jon Forbes

RACE 6, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, SIX FURLONGS, DIRT, 3:52 P.M.

 

INDIZ (2yo gray/roan filly, A.P. Indy—Zaftig, by Gone West) is the first foal out of his dam, who won the Grade 1 Acorn and was third in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. Indiz’s granddam, Zoftig, captured the Grade 1 Selene and has also produced this year’s Acorn heroine Zo Impressive.

Owner: Bluegrass Hall, LLC
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez
Sales history: $275,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

BEAT THE DRUMS (2yo bay filly, Smart Strike—Storm Flag Flying, by Storm Cat) is the second named foal out of his dam, awarded Eclipse honors for Champion Two-Year-Old Filly after earning Grade 1 wins in the Matron, Frizette, and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. At 4, Storm Flag Flying annexed the Grade 1 Personal Ensign, a race named for her Hall of Fame grandmother. Storm Flag Flying, a half-sister to minor stakes winner With Flying Colors, is out of My Flag, who also won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in addition to three other Grade 1 races and was third against males in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. Personal Ensign also produced Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Miner’s Mark and Grade 1 Oaklawn Handicap victor Traditionally. Colors Flying, a half-brother to Beat the Drums, won a single race in seven starts.

Owner: Phipps Stable
Trainer: Claude McGaughey
Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

DERBY EVE (2yo bay filly, Tiznow—Sweet Damsel, by Turkoman) is a full-sister to Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby and Grade 1 Travers winner Colonel John and Grade 1-placed Mr. Hot Stuff. Caroline’s Gold, a half-sister, was Grade 3-placed. Seven of eight of Derby Eve’s siblings have won.

Owner: Casner Racing
Trainer: Eoin Harty
Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

RACE 7, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, 1 1/16 MILES, TURF, 4:27 P.M.

 

ATLANTIC DREAM (2yo bay filly, Stormy Atlantic—Frosty Promise, by Frosty the Snowman) is a full-sister to Icy Atlantic, who won three graded stakes on turf, including the Grade 2 Arcadia Handicap. Another full-sibling, Wild Promises, captured the Grade 3 My Charmer and the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf. Frosty Promise has produced three winners from six foals to race, with Atlantic Win, also a full-sibling to Atlantic Dream, having won three times on dirt.

Owner: Michael J. Ryan
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $130,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

GUSTAVIA (2yo chestnut filly, Pulpit—Summer Rainbow, by Summer Squall) is a half-sister to Hard Mystery, who took Belmont Park’s Inside Information overnight stakes on dirt earlier this year. Their dam won exclusively on dirt and captured a minor route stakes at Delaware Park as a 4-year-old.

Owner: Alpha Delta Stables
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

PSYCHADELACIZED (2yo bay filly, Distorted Humor—Taegu, by Halo) is a half-sister to Grade 2 Schuylerville and Grade 3 Debutante victress Classic Elegance. Their dam won one race, which was on grass, and is a half-sister to turf stakes winners Yukon Robbery and Chorwon.

Owner: Mt Brilliant Farm LLC
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 11

Jon Forbes

RACE 2, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, 1 1/16 MILES, TURF, 1:34 P.M.

 

SCHOODIC (2yo bay colt, Tiznow—Aunt Henny, by Hennessy) is the second foal to race out of his dam, who won the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride and listed Virginia Oaks on turf. Aunt Henny is a half-sister to three stakes-placed runners.

Owner: Edith R. Dixon
Trainer: Michael Matz
Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

CHUCKLE (2yo bay colt, Distorted Humor—Wend, by Pulpit) is out of a turf mare who won four graded stakes, topped by the Grade 2 New York Handicap. Wend has one other named foal, Buleria, who won a turf sprint for maidens this March at Gulfstream Park. Chuckle’s second dam, Thread, captured a pair of listed stakes on grass.

Owner: Claiborne Farm
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

RACE 6, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, SIX FURLONGS, DIRT, 3:51 P.M.

 

OVERWHELMING (2yo bay colt, Hard Spun—Oh What a Windfall, by Seeking the Gold) is out of a mare who won the Grade 1 Matron as a juvenile and captured the Grade 3 Nassau County and was second in the Grade 1 Mother Goose as a sophomore. Heavenly Prize, a full-sister to Oh What a Windfall, was the 1994 Champion Three-Year-Old filly and won seven Grade 1 races between the ages of 2 and 4. Oh What a Windfall has produced two black-type earners: Pick Six, second in the Grade 2 Mervyn Muniz, Jr. Handicap on turf, and Conservative, second in the Grade 2 Lexington on Polytrack.

Owner: Phipps Stable
Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III
Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

RUGGED (2yo bay colt, Distorted Humor—Composure, by Touch Gold) is out of a mare won the Grade 2 Oak Leaf and was a close second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at 2 and won the Grade 1 Las Virgenes and Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks at 3.  Composure has produced three winners from six foals to race, including Tranquil Manner, who was a distant third in the Grade 1 Woodward.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

ARCHWARRIOR (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Arch—Winner’s Edge, by Seeking the Gold) is a half-brother to minor stakes winners Coya and Return to Paradise, with the latter having placed in a pair of black-type events as a juvenile. Their dam was effective on both dirt and turf, was second in the Grade 3 Affectionately on dirt, and is a half-sister to Lucky Song, a Group 2 winner in England who was the highweighted 3-year-old filly in Europe at 14 furlongs and longer. Archwarrior is the most expensive of six 2-year-olds by his sire to sell at auction this year.

Owner: Alto Racing, LLC
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $75,000 Keeneland November weanling; $375,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

AIR SQUADRON (2yo chestnut colt, Curlin—Air France, by French Deputy) is a half-brother to Smooth Air, who won four graded stakes, including the Grade 2 Ohio Derby and the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap, and was second in the Grade 1 Florida Derby and Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap; and Overdriven, winner of last year’s Grade 2 Sanford. All five of his siblings are winners.

Owner: Mount Joy Stables, Inc.
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez