The New York Racing Association

Print this Page Bookmark and Share


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.



Jon Forbes



SMITTENWITHKITTEN (2yo chestnut filly, Kitten’s Joy—Blush, by Menifee) is a full-sister to stakes winners William’s Kitten and Derby Kitten. As a 2-year-old, William’s Kitten won an off-the-turf edition of the Sunday Silence listed stakes at Louisiana Downs and was second in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club. He added a placing in the Grade 3 Holy Bull as a 3-year-old. Derby Kitten won a pair of stakes on Polytrack, including the Grade 2 Lexington and owns three black-type placings on turf.

Owner: Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey
Trainer: Michael Maker
Jockey: Rose Napravnik


SABEL BROWNE (2yo bay filly, Footstepsinthesand—Haute Volta, by Grape Tree Road) is a half-sister to Super Motiva, who won listed stakes in Italy at the ages of 2 and 3. Their dam, an unraced daughter of stakes-placed runner Land of Ivory, is a half-sister to Heart of Darkness, who captured the Group 1 National Stakes in Ireland.

Owner: West Point Thoroughbreds
Trainer: H. Graham Motion
Jockey: Julien Leparoux



Jon Forbes



FIRE GUARD (2yo dark bay/brown colt, First Defence—Quickfire, by Dubai Millennium) is out of a mare who placed in a pair of Group 3 races in England. Quickfire has two other foals of racing age, both winners in England, including stakes-placed runner Ultrasonic. Fire Guard’s second dam, Daring Miss, was a Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed in France.

Owner: Juddmonte Farms
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado


ELECTROMAGNETIC (2yo bay colt, Henrythenavigator—Wind in My Wings, by Sligo Bay) is the first foal out of his dam, winner of the Jessamine on turf at Keeneland as a 2-year-old. Wind in My Wings is also out of a stakes winner, being a daughter of a mare who won a minor stakes going long on dirt at Fort Erie.

Owner: My Meadowview Farm
Trainer: Wesley Ward
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $90,000 Keeneland September yearling


TOWN HALL (2yo bay colt, Indygo Shiner—Susan’s Angel, by Cape Town) is a son of a mare who won the Grade 3 Turfway Breeders’ Cup. Susan’s Angel never tried the turf in 14 career starts. Two of Susan’s Angel’s seven siblings to race won, none on turf. Her best sibling was Adorable Jane, who took a non-black-type stakes at Delaware Park and was second in a minor stakes at Monmouth Park. Town Hall, Susan’s Angel’s fourth foal, looks to become his dam’s first winner. He was the second most expensive of 45 yearlings by his sire to sell at public auction in 2011.

Owner: James S. Karp
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history:  $160,000 Keeneland September yearling


CREDIT CALL (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Stars Indy Skies, by A.P. Indy) is out of a placed daughter of Advancing Star, who won a pair of Grade 3 turf sprints and won the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap and earned Grade 1 placings in the Hollywood Starlet and Santa Monica Handicap on dirt. Stars Indy Skies’ lone foal to race, Storm Crossed, broke his maiden on Arlington Park’s artificial main track and has won twice on dirt at Fairmount Park.

Owner: Robert C. Baker & William L. Mack
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Edgar Prado
Sales history: $340,000 Keeneland September yearling


CHARMING KITTEN (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Kitten’s Joy—Iteration, by Wild Again) is a full-brother to Queen’splatekitten, who won last year’s Marine Stakes on Woodbine’s artificial main track and was second in the Grade 3 Saranac on turf. Their dam has produced three total foals to race and one other winner, Pat’s Kitten, who has won a maiden claimer on dirt and a conditioned claimer on turf. 

Owner: Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano



HONORABLE DILLON (2yo gray/roan colt, Tapit—Shy Greeting, by Shy Tom) is a half-sister to Forty Greeta, who was named Champion Two-Year-Old Filly in Argentina after winning three group races, including the Group 1 Premio Estrellas Juvenile Fillies-Blaquier. Forty Greeta later produced sprinter Fort Hughes, who won the Jimmy Winkfield during his abbreviated career.
Owner: Joseph Bucci
Trainer: Eddie Kenneally
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 4/5 seconds, video)

NEW LINE (2yo dark bay/brown colt, First Defence—Introducing, by Deputy Minister) is out of a winning half-sister to turf runners Midships, who took the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap, and Principal Role, who won four listed stakes and was Group 3-placed in England and this spring at Belmont was third in the Grade 3 Beaugay and Grade 3 Sheepshead Bay. One of Introducing’s three previous foals to race has won. That runner, Short Supply, won three races in England.

Owner: Juddmonte Farms
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado


NORTH SLOPE (2yo bay colt, Elusive Quality—Jinni, by A.P. Indy), out of a mare who was third in the Calder Oaks, is a grandson of Ajina, who annexed the Grade 2 Demoiselle and Grade 3 Tempted as a 2-year-old and was named Champion Three-Year-Old Filly after capturing the Grade 1 Mother Goose, Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks, and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Ajina also purchased Stymie Handicap winner Manchurian. Jinni has produced one other foal, two-time winner Next Page.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez


TIZRACER (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Tiznow—G City Gal, by Elusive Quality) is out of a sprinter who placed in six graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap. G City Gal’s only other named foal is unraced. Tizracer was the second most expensive of 45 yearlings by his sire to sell at public auction in 2011.

Owner: Alto Racing
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $450,000 Keeneland September yearling



Jon Forbes



ROSSWEISSE (2yo chestnut filly, Majestic Warrior—Rough Water, by Stormin Fever) is out of the 1991 Grade 3 Arlington Oaks winner, Grade 1 Alabama runner-up, and Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks third-place finisher. At 2, Rough Water was third in the Grade 3 Golden Rod. Six of her 10 foals to race are winners, including Scoop, heroine of the Grade 3 Indiana Oaks. Scoop later produced Coolwind, who won two minor stakes and placed in a pair of Grade 3 events. Kings Lynn, a stakes-placed half-sister to Rossweisse, produced Sara Louise, who defeated Rachel Alexandra in the Grade 3 Pocahontas as a juvenile and captured the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap and Grade 3 Victory Ride as a sophomore, and Just Louise, who took the Grade 3 Debutante at Churchill Downs for 2-year-old fillies.

Owner: Bluegrass Hall
Trainer: D. Wayne Luckas
Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan
Sales history: $55,000 Keeneland September yearling; $125,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)


TEEN PAULINE (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Tapit—Effectual, by Carson City) is out of a mare who debuted a 3 ¼-length winner at Keeneland in April of her 2-year-old season before going on to win the Grade 3 Debutante at Churchill Downs in July. She was fifth of seven in the Grade 2 Spinaway, her career finale. Her only other named foal, No La Hace, has four wins in five starts, all in claiming races. Stonestreet Stables purchased Effectual for $475,000 when she was pregnant with Teen Pauline.

Owner: Stonestreet Stables
Trainer: Steven Asmussen
Jockey: Julien Leparoux



Jon Forbes



CITIZEN EMMA (2yo bay filly, Proud Citizen—Kamaal, by Irgun) is out of a mare who won only once in 10 lifetime starts but ran third in a turf stakes at Meadowlands as a 2-year-old. Of Kamaal’s five foals to race, three are winners, including Cave’s Valley, who won his first three starts as a 2-year-old, including Delaware’s Whirling Ash Stakes and Dover Stakes. Three years after producing Cave’s Valley, Kamaal gave birth to Getaway Guy, who won on debut at age 2 and would win four of his eight lifetime starts, including an allowance race on the turf and the Tom Ridge Stakes at Presque Isle Downs in the final start of his career.

Owner: Black Rock Stables LLC
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $72,000 Keeneland September yearling


AVENTURINE (2yo bay filly, Big Brown—Julie Truly, by Miner’s Mark) is out of a half-sister to multiple Grade 3 winner Truly a Judge, who earned $764,342 over 53 lifetime starts. His biggest achievements came at ages 6 and 7, when he won the Grade 3 Native Diver Handicap and Grade 3 San Gabriel Handicap in back-to-back starts. Though neither Julie Truly nor Truly a Judge won on turf, their dam Truly Needy produced two turf winners from her eight foals to race. However, only one of those eight foals to race won at age two. Julie Truly has one other foal, a filly by Bluegrass Cat named True Blue Julie who is 1-for-9 lifetime.

Owner: Green Hills Farm, Inc.
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $80,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling; $130,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old