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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 Monday, July 22, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Monday, July 22, 2013

Race 1, All 2-year-olds, 5 ½ furlongs, dirt, 1:00 p.m.

STRONG MANDATE (bay colt, Tiznow—Clear Mandate, by Deputy Minister) is out of mare who posted Grade 1 wins in the Spinster, John A. Morris, and the Shuvee Handicap. Clear Mandate broke her maiden in her second start, which came in November of her 2-year-old season. Eight of her nine foals to race have won, including Newfoundland, who captured the Grade 3 Canadian Turf Handicap (off the turf) and was second in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup and Grade 1 Suburban Handicap, and listed stakes winner Full Mandate.

Owner: Robert C. Baker & William L. Mack

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $200,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

CLOSET E (bay colt, Street Sense—Amandatude, by Aptitude) is the third foal and first to race out of his dam, a router who won a minor stakes at Delaware Park and was second in the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks and Grade 2 Fitz Dixon Cotillion. Closet E’s second dam won five stakes for Ohio-breds and also produced Grade 3-placed Maid of Heaven.

Owner: Southern Equine Stables & Whispering Oaks Farm

Trainer: Eric Guillot

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Sales history: $250,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Race 2, 2-year-old fillies, 5 ½ furlongs, turf, 1:32 p.m.

 

CELLO (bay filly, English Channel—Indy Pick, by A.P. Indy) is a full-sister to Optimizer, who on the turf has won the Grade 3 Kent, Grade 3 Fair Grounds Handicap, and Grade 3. Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap and has finished second in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic and Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap. Indy Pick has produced one other winner, Humdinger, from three foals to race. Indy Pick won two races, both on the dirt, and is a half-sister to Grade 1 Matron and Grade 1 Acorn heroine Finder’s Fee.

Owner: Calumet Farm

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

SUPER SKY (chestnut filly, Sky Mesa—Tortuga Lady, by Thunder Gulch) is a half-sister to Dyna’s Lassie, who won the Miss Liberty at Monmouth Park and placed in three graded stakes on the turf, and Princess Arabella, who took the Sunland Oaks on the dirt. All six foals to race of their dam have won. Tortuga Lady is a winning full-sister to Grade 1 Kentucky Derby runner-up Invisible Ink and a half-sister to two-time stakes placed Inner Circle.

Owner: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $80,000 Keeneland September yearling; $100,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds)

 

Race 3, 2-year-old Fillies, 5 ½ furlongs, 2:04 p.m.

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, July 19, 2013

 

Race 3, 2-year-old Fillies, 5 ½ furlongs, 2:04 p.m.

CRYSTALROCKET (dark bay or brown filly, A. P. Warrior—Queen of Millbrook, by Distinctive Pro) is out of a mare who a pair of stakes for New York-bred fillies: the Lady Finger for 2-year-olds and the New York Oaks for 3-year-olds. Four of Queen of Milbrook’s five foals to race have won, including nine-time winning sprinter Reine Des Coeurs.

Owner: Leonard C. Green, Sean Shay, Henry E. Baker & Peter K. Baker

Trainer: Gary Contessa

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $3,200 Keeneland January yearling; $57,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

 

STOPCHARGINGMARIA (dark bay or brown filly, Tale of the Cat—Exotic Bloom, by Montbrook) is the first foal out of her dam, a router who won the listed Windward Stakes at Presque Isle and the My Charmer Stakes at Turfway Park and was third in the Grade 3 Seaway at Woodbine, all over synthetic surfaces. A half-brother to Exotic Bloom, See Tobe, was a listed stakes winner and Grade 3 placed on the turf.

Owner: Repole Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $47,000 Keeneland September yearling; $220,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

 

IRELAND (bay filly, Afleet Alex—Classy Mirage, by Storm Bird) is a full-sister to Grade 1 Hopeful winner Dublin, who later added placings in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, Grade 2 Rebel, and Grade 3 Southwest. Their dam won five graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Ballerina Handicap. Classy Mirage, a half-sister to dual Grade 1 winner Missy’s Mirage, has produced nine winners from 12 foals to race.

Owner: Calumet Farm

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $115,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

ART OF THE GAME (chestnut filly, Elusive Quality—Jade Queen, by Giant’s Causeway) is the second foal to race out of her dam, a turf runner who finished third in both the Grade 1 Garden City and Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational. Art of the Game’s second dam, Jade Flush, won the Grade 2 Rare Perfume on the turf and placed in six graded stakes on the dirt (including the Grade 1 Spinster) and also produced turf horse Megantic, a stakes winner and who was graded stakes placed.

Owner: Richard C. Pell

Trainer: Nicholas Zito

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales history: $190,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

Jon Forbes

RACE 6, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, 5 ½ FURLONGS, DIRT, 3:11 P.M.

 

REVOLUTIONARY (2yo War Pass—Runup the Colors, by A.P. Indy) is out of a mare who won the Grade 1 Alabama and was second in the Grade 1 Spinster and Grade 1 Ballerina Handicap. Runup the Colors’ dam won the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks and also produced Group 1 winner and Irish and Italian highweight Flagbird, Grade 1 Acorn heroine Prospectors Delite, and Grade 2 King’s Bishop victor Top Account. Runup the Colors has five winners from six foals to race, including Grade 2 placed runners Tafaseel and Ice Road. Revolution was the most expensive of 14 juveniles by his sire to sell at auction this year.

Owner: WinStar Farm
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $80,000 Keeneland September yearling; $235,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Jon Forbes

RACE 2, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, SEVEN FURLONGS, DIRT, 1:32 P.M.

 

CUE THE MOON (2yo bay filly, Malibu Moon—Red Hot Bertie, by Tabasco Cat) is a half-sister to Red Hot Buddha, who won a minor stakes on dirt at the Fair Grounds as a 2-year-old and the listed Inaugural Stakes on Tapeta at Presque Isle as a 3-year-old. All four of Red Hot Bertie’s foals, which also include stakes-placed runners Knock Out Bertie and Red Hot Maria, have won. Red Hot Bertie is a winning half-sister to Allamerican Bertie, who captured four graded stakes and was second in the Grade 1 Alabama, and Hurricane Bertie, whose three graded stakes wins include the Grade 2 Prioress and who was third in the Grade 1 Ballerina Handicap. Cue the Moon was the second most expensive of 47 yearlings by her sire to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: Spendthrift Farm LLC
Trainer: Harold James Bond
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez

 

ANTIPATHY (2yo bay filly, A.P. Indy—Love Style, by Mr. Prospector) is a half-sister to Scat Daddy, who won the Grade 1 Champagne as a 2-year-old and the Grade 1 Florida Derby as a 3-year-old, and minor stakes winner Grand Daddy. Love Style is an unraced daughter of Grade 1 Las Virgenes heroine Likeable Style, who is also the dam of minor stakes winner Grat, who in turn produced Grade 2 La Jolla Handicap victor Old Time Hockey.

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