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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 FRIDAY, AUGUST 17

Jon Forbes

RACE 1, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, 5 ½ FURLONGS, DIRT, 1:00 P.M.

 

RUBY LIPS (2yo chestnut filly, Hard Spun—It’s a Ruby, by Rubiano) is a half-sister to five winners from six siblings to race. Those siblings include Like a Gem, a multiple stakes-winner at Woodbine and runner-up in the Ontario Lassie Stakes at age two; Cool Gator, who was Grade 3 placed in the Grey Breeders’ Cup Stakes as a juvenile; and Win and Reign, who won Woodbine’s Vandal Stakes and placed in two other stakes at age two. Neither of the other two winning siblings were victorious as juveniles.

Owner: Jay Em Ess Stable
Trainer: Richard Dutrow
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $220,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

UNABASHED (2yo bay filly, Elusive Quality—Golden Temper, by Forty Niner) is out of a Grade 3-winning mare who has produced two winners from three foals to race. Neither winning foal was victorious at age two.

Owner: Cheyenne Stables LLC and McNeill Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $200,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

SAWYERS TRUSTYLADY (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Indian Charlie—Trusty Lady, by Deputy Minister) is a half-sister to Grade 3 Chicago Handicap runner-up Trendy Lady. Her second dam is Grade 2 El Encino and Grade 3 Monrovia Handicap winner Klassy Kim, and her third dam, Kool Arrival, won the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes and Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap.

Owner: Carrol Castille
Trainer: Steven Asmussen
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Sales history: $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-Year-Old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

SENSE OF REALITY (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Street Sense—Ascot Tobie, by Ascot Knight) is out of a stakes-placed mare who has produced four winners from five foals to race. Ascot Tobie is out of Jackjon, who was stakes placed at Woodbine and produced seven winners from eight foals to race. These foals include John the Magician, a multiple stakes winner at Woodbine, and Jonjack, who raced only twice and never won but finished second in Woodbine’s Victorian Queen Stakes at age two.

Owner: Morris Bailey
Trainer: Anthony Dutrow
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $45,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

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