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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 Saturday, August 23, 2014

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 23, 2014

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 12:05 p.m.

DISPERSION (dark bay or brown colt, Arch—Miss Lodi, by Mr. Greeley) is out of a mare who won the Grade 3 Safely Kept and was third in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff Handicap. She was off the board in her single start on the turf. Miss Lodi has produced four winners from five starters, one on the turf and two on all-weather surfaces.

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $150,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

IMPERIA (dark bay or brown colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Cocoa Beach, by Doneraile Court) is the first foal out of his dam, a successful runner on three different continents and on three different surfaces. Cocoa Beach won a pair of Group 3 races in Chile and the UAE 1000 Guineas and UAE Oaks in the United Arab Emirates on the dirt before she came to the United States. Stateside, she won the Grade 1 Beldame Invitational on the dirt and the Grade 1 Matriarch on the turf. She also was second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff on a synthetic surface. Cocoa Beach is a half-sister to Via Los Andes, who won a Group 3 race and placed in a pair of Group 1 events in Argentina.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

 

VOGNER (bay colt, Point Given—Violet Lady, by Seattle Slew) is a half-brother to Skyring, who has won the Grade 2 Dixie and Grade 2 Mervyn H. Muniz Handicap on the turf. He also is a half-brother to Caballero Negro, who won a minor stakes on the dirt and was promoted to third via disqualification in the Grade 3 Calder Derby on the turf; and Greenspring, who took the Grade 2 General George on the dirt. Their dam, who was winless in four starts, also has produced three stakes-placed runners.

Owner: Calumet Farm

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Luis Saez

 

Race 4, All 2-year-olds, six furlongs, dirt, 1:09 p.m.

BIRD HUMOR (chestnut gelding, Distorted Humor—Bird Legacy, by Mineshaft) is the first foal out of his dam, an unraced half-sister to champion Bird Town and classic winner Birdstone. Bird Town was named Champion Three-Year-Old Filly after winning the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and Grade 1 Acorn. Birdstone won the Grade 1 Champagne as a 2-year-old before going on to upset Smarty Jones in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes and capture the Grade 1 Travers.

Owner: Marylou Whitney Stables

Trainer: Nicholas Zito

Jockey: Joe Bravo

 

LUDICROUS (dark bay or brown colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Victory Ride, by Seeking the Gold) is out of a mare who won the Grade 1 Test. Victory Ride, a half-sister to Grade 1 Hollywood Derby victor River Flyer, has produced six winners from as many starters, including Magical Ride, who was third in the Grade 2 Adirondack. Ludicrous is the most expensive of 10 juveniles by his sire to sell at auction this year.

Owner: Robert LaPenta & Sheep Pond Partners

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $140,000 Keeneland September yearling; $770,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (two furlongs in 20 seconds, video)

 

TAP IT OFF (dark bay or brown colt, Tapit—Kalahari Cat, by Cape Town) is a half-brother to Black Onyx, winner of the Grade 2 Spiral on a synthetic surface; Francois, who won a minor stakes at Arlington Park; and Quality Council, third in the Grade 2 Nashua. Four of five starters out of Kalahari Cat have won. Tap It Off’s second dam is a winning full-sister to Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint heroine Desert Stormer.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

FROSTED (gray/roan colt, Tapit—Fast Cookie, by Deputy Minister) is out of a mare who won the Grade 2 Cotillion on the dirt and a division of the restricted De La Rose on the grass. Fast Cookie is a half-sister to Midshipman, who was named Champion Two-Year-Old Colt after winning the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on synthetic tracks. Both starters out of Fast Cookie have won.

Owner: Godolphin Racing

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

 

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 is a collaboration between Jon Forbes and Susie Raisher.

 

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, August 22, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, August 22, 2014

Race 7, 2-year-old fillies, six furlongs, dirt, 4:10 p.m.

PATH (gray/roan filly, Tapit—Carriage Trail, by Giant’s Causeway) looks to become the first winner out of his Grade 1-winning dam, who has one other starter to date. Carriage Trail won the Grade 1 Spinster on a synthetic surface and the restricted De La Rose on turf, and was third in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff Handicap on the dirt. Path’s second dam, Manoa, placed in a pair of Grade 3 races and has produced Forest Trail, who was Grade 3 placed on grass.

Owner: Stuart S. Janney III & Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

 

GAP YEAR (bay filly, Bernardini—Dubai Escapade, by Awesome Again) is out of a sprinter who won the Grade 1 Ballerina, Grade 2 Madison, and Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap. Dubai Escapade, whose lone previous starter has one win in seven starts, is a half-sister to Madcap Escapade, winner of the Grade 1 Ashland, and Real Estate, who captured a sprint stakes at Suffolk Downs. Madcap Escapade has gone on two produce Grade 1-winning juvenile Mi Sueno.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

SIERRA OLIVIA (dark bay or brown filly, Pulpit—Strike the Sky, by Smart Strike) is a half-sister to turf runners Hudson Steele, winner of the Grade 2 Dixie, and Lauren Byrd, who was second in the listed Jessamine. All six starters out of Strike the Sky have won, including four on the dirt.

Owner: R R Partners & Jay W. Bligh

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

 

SOUPER SOCIAL (chestnut filly, Distorted Humor—Social Page, by A.P. Indy) is the first foal out of her dam, a winning full-sister to Secret Status, who took the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and Grade 1 Mother Goose, and Alumni Hall, who captured the Grade 3 Ben Ali and Grade 3 Fayette. She also is a half-sister to Private Gift, a stakes winner at Louisiana Downs.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $575,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

ALSO ELIGIBLE/DRAWS IN WITH SCRATCH OF CLOTHES FALL OFF

TIPPANY (gray/roan filly, Tapit—Shop Here, by Dehere) is a half-sister to Fifth Avenue, who won the listed Fashion Stakes and was second in the Grade 2 Adirondack as a juvenile; and stakes-placed sprinter Shoptate. Their dam is a winning half-sister to Miss Shop, heroine of the Grade 1 Personal Ensign, and Trappe Shot, victorious in the Grade 2 Vosburgh and second in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational. Four of six starters out of Shop Here have won.

Owner: Patricia Pavlish

Trainer: Timothy Hamm

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

Sales history: $500,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

ALSO ELIGIBLE

BONNET PLUME (bay filly, Bernardini—Little Bonnet, by Coronado’s Quest) is a half-sister to Boys at Tosconova, who won the Grade 1 Hopeful and was second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. All three starters out of Little Bonnet –who was third in an off-the-turf edition of the Sands Point, which was ungraded after being transferred to the main track – have won.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

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 is a collaboration between Jon Forbes and Susie Raisher.

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Monday, August 18, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Monday, August 18, 2014

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, 5 ½ furlongs, turf, 2:08 p.m.

CYCLOGENISIS (gray/roan colt, Stormy Atlantic—Mighty Renee, by Maria’s Mon) is a full-sister to Mighty Caroline, who won the Grade 2 Sorrento on a synthetic surface as a 2-year-old, and is a half-sister to Renee’s Queen, who took the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar. Mighty Renee is an unraced granddaughter of Grade 1 Spinaway and Grade 1 Matron winner Over All. 

Owner: Matthew Schera

Trainer: George Weaver

Jockey: Corey Laneri

Sales history: $185,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 17, 2014

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 17, 2014

Race 3, 2-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 2:04 p.m.

CARTA DE ORO (bay filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Communique, by Smart Strike) is the second foal out of her dam, who won the Grade 3 Bewitch and Grade 3 Modesty Handicap and placed in the Grade 1 Beverly D. and Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational. Communique, a half-sister to stakes winner Final Count, has produced Woodfield Springs, a winner on the turf who was third in this year’s Grade 3 Transylvania over Keeneland’s Polytrack.

Owner: G. Watts Humphrey, Jr.

Trainer: George Arnold II

Jockey: Brian Hernandez, Jr.

 

Race 5, 2-year-old fillies, 6 ½ furlongs, dirt, 3:10 p.m.

COVER UP (gray/roan filly, Tapit—Collusion, by Broad Brush) looks to become the third winner from as many foals to race out of his dam, a placed half-sister to Smuggler, named Champion Three-Year-Old Filly after winning the Grade 1 Mother Goose and Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks. Cover Up’s second dam is Hall of Famer and Champion Older Female Inside Information, who posted Grade 1 scores in the Ashland, Acorn, Breeders’ Cup Distaff, Spinster, Ruffian Handicap, and Shuvee Handicap. Inside Information herself is a half-sister to dual Grade 1 winner Educated Risk.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

DIVINE PRAISES (bay filly, by Medaglia d’Oro—Grand Prayer, by Grand Slam) is a half-sister to Malibu Prayer, who took the Grade 1 Ruffian Invitational Handicap, and Valid, who won this year’s Grade 2 Monmouth Cup. Their dam won a minor stakes at Monmouth Park and is a half-sister to Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan heroine Tap Dance and Grade 1 Carter Handicap victor Swagger Jack.

Owner: Besilu Stables & Three Chimneys Farm

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

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 is a collaboration between Jon Forbes and Susie Raisher.