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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 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

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, July 19, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, July 19, 2014

Race 1, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 1:00 p.m.

DUBAI SKY (bay colt, Candy Ride—House of Danzing, by Chester House) is a full-brother to Twirling Candy, who won the Grade 1 Malibu and Grade 2 Strub on the dirt, the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby on the turf, and the Grade 2 Californian on a synthetic surface. Dubai Sky also is a half-brother to Ethnic Division, who last year won the second division of the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby. Twirling Candy and Ethnic Division are the only two starters out of their dam, who had a runner-up finish in two starts.

Owner: Besilu Stables

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

MR. DISCREET (chestnut colt, Scat Daddy—Pretty Boundary, by Boundary) is a half-brother to Concorde’s Edge, who won the Gilded Time, a turf sprint at Monmouth Park, and Bound Notebook, who placed in dirt stakes at the Meadowlands and Delaware Park. Their dam is an unplaced half-sister to Pretty Wild, a two-time stakes winner who was second in the Grade 1 Hopeful and Grade 1 Futurity; Discreet Cat, whose accomplishments included scores in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap and Group 2 UAE Derby; and Discreetly Mine, who won the Grade 1 King’s Bishop.

Owner: Gary Barber & Jumping Jack Racing

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

 

Race 4, All 2-year-olds, 5 ½ furlongs, dirt, 2:34 p.m.

NOW WE ARE FREE (chestnut filly, First Samurai—Ice Cool Kitty, by Tomorrows Cat) is out of a mare who won five stakes for New York-breds: the Montauk Handicap, the Saratoga Dew, the Floral Park, the Wendy Walker, and the Iroquois Handicap. Ice Cool Kitty has produced two winners from as many starters.

Owner: Lansdon Robbins & Kevin Callahan

Trainer: Michelle Nevin

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

 

SMITHEREEN (bay colt, Street Boss—Fortune Rose, by Bertrando) is set to become the first starter out of his dam, a winning daughter of Fontina, who won a single stakes in Argentina. Fontina produced two runners who earned black type in Argentina: Flirteador, who won six group stakes, including the Group 1 General San Martin; and Flager, who placed in the Group 1 Saturnino J. Unzue and three other group events.

Owner/trainer: Wesley Ward

Jockey: Lanfranco Dettori

Sales history: $47,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for Forbes’ Firsters, a first-time starter 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 for Friday, July 18, 2014

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, July 18, 2014

Race 2, 2-year-old fillies, six furlongs, dirt, 1:31 p.m.

BY THE MOON (dark bay or brown filly, Indian Charlie—By the Light, by Malibu Moon) is out of a mare who won nine stakes at five tracks between the ages of 2 and 4. As a juvenile, By the Light won three stakes: the Delta Princess against open company and the New York Breeders’ Futurity and Lady Finger against New York-breds, defeating males in the Breeders’ Futurity. At 3, she captured minor stakes at all three of NYRA’s tracks and was second in the Grade 1 Prioress. At 4, she won two stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack and one at Belmont Park. Her only other foal of racing age is winless in two starts.

Owner: Jay Em Ess Stable

Trainer: Michelle Nevin

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

 

AIMONE (chestnut filly, Lemon Drop Kid—Silken Sash, by Danehill) is a half-sister to Raw Silk, who won the Grade 2 Sands Point on the turf. Their dam, who has produced two winners from three starters, was a winner in England and is out of Irish stakes winner Flame Violet.

Owner: Lee Pokoik

Trainer: Gary Contessa

Jockey: Emma-Jayne Wilson

Sales history: $290,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling; $210,000 OBS March (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

 

LADY OF VICTORY (dark bay or brown filly, War Front—Seeking Simplicity, by Seeking the Gold) is out of an unraced daughter of Ask Me No Secrets, who won the Grade 3 Oaklawn Breeders’ Cup. Seeking Simplicity’s only starter to date is unplaced in one start.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales history: $410,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

WALL STREET LADY (bay filly, Speightstown—Epistle, by Deputy Minister) is out of an unraced full-sister to Well Chosen, who won the Grade 1 Ashland, and half-sister to In Contention, who took the Grade 3 Cherry Hill Mile. Epistle has produced two winners from three starters.

Owner: Alex and JoAnn Lieblong

Trainer: Anthony Dutrow

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $230,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for Forbes’ Firsters, a first-time starter 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 for Sunday, September 1, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, September 1, 2013

Race 2, 2-year-olds Fillies, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 1:30 p.m.

READY PLAYER ONE (dark bay or brown filly, More Than Ready—Beau Dare, by Military) is the first named foal out of her dam, who won the one-mile Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies. Later in her career, she added sprint stakes wins in the Correction Handicap (dirt), Candy Éclair (turf), and Klassy Briefcase (turf). Beau Dare is a half-sister to Turfiste, who sprinted to victory in Black Gold on the turf and the Hansel over an all-weather surface.

Owner: Green Lantern Stable

Trainer: George Arnold, II

Jockey: Alan Garcia

Sales history:  $155,000 Keeneland November weanling

 

STOCK YARD HEN (bay filly, Rock Hard Ten—Perfect Six, by Saratoga Six) is a half-sister to Buffalo Man, who won at distances ranging from five furlongs to 1 1/16 miles and captured stakes on both dirt and turf. On the grass, Buffalo Man took the Grade 3 Appleton Handicap and Grade 3 Red Bank. Their dam won four dirt stakes: the Moccasin (seven furlongs), the Stormy But Valid Handicap (6 ½ furlongs), the Santa Paula (6 ½ furlongs), and the restricted Torrey Pines (one mile). Perfect Six is a half-sister to Commitisize, who garnered the Grade 3 Cinema Handicap and Grade 2 El Rincon on turf and Grade 3 Arcadia Handicap on dirt, and Rusty Spur, who won two stakes and was Grade 2-placed. Five of six foals out of Perfect Six to race have won.

Owner:  Casner Racing

Trainer: Eoin Harty

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Sales history: $5,000 Keneland January yearling; $30,000 OPS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 4/5 seconds, video)

 

Race 7, 2-year-old Fillies, Seven Furlongs, Dirt, 4:06 p.m.

PERFECT LA COMETE (bay filly, Perfect Soul—La Comete, by Holy Bull) is a half-sister to Munnings, who as a juvenile was second in the Grade 1 Champagne and third in the Grade 1 Hopeful. He won the Grade 2 Woody Stephens and Grade 2 Tom Fool Handicap as a 3-year-old and at 4 posted a victory in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship. Perfect La Comete also is a half-sister to Munnings Sister, who has won four stakes and was third in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap. Their dam is an unraced half-sister to Lasting Approval, who on the turf won the Grade 2 Oak Tree Derby and placed in a pair of Grade 1 races, and Icon Project, who was victorious in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign.

Owner: Charles E. Fipke

Trainer: Dallas Stewart

Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan

 

SPANISH GOLD (dark bay or brown filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Promenade Colony, by Pleasant Colony) is a half-sister to Promenade Girl, who annexed the Grade 2 Molly Pitcher Handicap and was third in the Grade 1 Spinster and Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap, and restricted stakes winner Dattts Awesome. Their dam is a winning full-sister to Dance Colony, who won the Grade 2 Astarita and Grade 2 Adirondack as a 2-year-old and later earned a brace of Grade 1 placings. Promenade Colony, who has produced eight winners from 10 starters, also is a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Another Review and No Review.

Owner: Michael J. Ryan

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $120,000 Keeneland September yearling