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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 2, 2014

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 2, 2014

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 2:02 p.m.

FACE THE MUSIC (bay colt, Stormy Atlantic—Voyage, by Rahy) is out of an unraced half-sister to Pine Island, who won the Grade 1 Alabama and Grade 1 Gazelle on the dirt, and Point of Entry, who registered Grade 1 victories on the turf in the Man o’ War, Sword Dancer Invitational, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, and Manhattan Handicap. Face the Music’s second dam, Matlacha Pass, produced multiple graded stakes winner/multiple grade 1 placed runner Country Hideaway and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Pleasant Home. His fourth dam, Maplejinsky, won the Grade 1 Alabama and produced Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Sky Beauty. Voyage has produced one winner from two starters, with that runner’s sole victory coming in a turf race.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

STRONG COFFEE (dark bay or brown colt, Warrior’s Reward—Classic Approval, by With Approval) is a half-brother to Gulch Approval, who on the turf won the Grade 3 Oceanport Handicap and Grade 3 Appleton and was third in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile; Approval Rating, who ran primarily on turf and all-weather surfaces and at Woodbine won the Victoria Park and was second in the Grade 3 Dominion Day Handicap; and Rusty Slipper, who took the Little Silver on the turf at Monmouth Park. Classic Approval, who placed in stakes on the dirt and turf, also produced Moyne Abbey, the dam of Grade 1 TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial and Jim Dandy winner Wicked Strong. Strong Coffee’s second dam, Classic Value, did most of her running in sprints, winning a pair of Grade 3 races and placing in a Grade 1. Classic Value also produced multiple graded stakes winner Class Kris and stakes winner/multiple graded stakes placed Patriot Act.

 

Owner: Albert Frassetto

Trainer: H. Graham Motion

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $120,000 OBS March 2-year-old (two furlongs in 22 1/5 seconds, video)

 

MR MONEYPANTS (dark bay or brown colt, Sarava—Bodyguard, by Private Terms) is out of a winning daughter of Fortissima, a Group 1 winner in Chile who was third in a stakes at Santa Anita. Bodyguard, who won five races on the dirt, has produced four winners from as many starters. Two of her starters have won on the turf.

Owner: New Phoenix Stable

Trainer: Wayne Catalano

Jockey: Robby Albarado

 

DELTA OUTLAW (bay colt, Tiznow—Mistical Plan, by Game Plan) is the first foal out of his dam, a dirt runner who when sprinting won the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap and when routing took the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks and was third in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap.

Owner:  R A Hill Stable

Trainer: George Weaver

Jockey: Joseph Rocco, Jr.

Sales history:  $410,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Race 5, All 2-year-olds, six furlongs, dirt, 3:06 p.m.

WAGING WAR (bay colt, War Front—Sidle, by Seeking the Gold) is out of a mare who won a single race on the dirt. Sidle is a half-sister to Patrol, who won three turf stakes and was third in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, and Stroll, who won the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic. Waging War’s second dam, Maid for Walking, was second in a Group 3 in England.

 

Owner: Columbine Stable

Trainer: Albert Stall, Jr.

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales history: $350,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FIRE AWAY(bay colt, War Front—Salute, by Unbridled’s Song) is a half-brother to Mr Speaker, who in July captured the inaugural Grade 1 Belmont Derby Invitational on the turf. The only other starter out of Salute won a single race apiece on dirt, turf, and synthetic surfaces. Salute herself placed in the Grade 2 Demoiselle and Grade 3 Tempted and is a daughter of unbeaten Hall of Famer Personal Ensign, who also produced Grade 1 winners Miner’s Mark, My Flag, and Traditionally.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

 

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 among Jon Forbes, Susie Raisher, and Lily Pierce

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, July 27, 2014

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, July 27, 2014

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

MISS ALWAYS READY (dark bay or brown filly, More Than Ready—Miss Seffens, by Dehere) is a full-sister to More Than Real, who won the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and was third in the Grade 1 Garden City. Their dam was a sprinter who won stakes at Turfway Park, Oaklawn, Prairie Meadows, Ellis Park, and Keeneland. She was unplaced in her lone turf start. Miss Seffens has produced two winners from four starters, with More Than Ready being her only turf winner.

Owner: Three Chimneys Farm

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $400,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 9 3/5 seconds, video)

 

SKINNER BOX (dark bay or brown filly, Freud—Talkin Indian, by Indian Charlie) looks to become the first winner out of her dam, who won a pair of turf races and is a half-sister to Better Talk Now, whose five Grade 1 wins included a score in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. Talkin Indian also is a half-sister to turfer B.A. Way, who won a listed stakes at Delaware Park and was third in the Grade 3 Belmont Breeders’ Cup Handicap. Talkin Indian’s only previous starter was unplaced in one start.

Owner: Patsy Symons

Trainer: Richard Violette, Jr.

Jockey: Julien Leparoux

Sales history: $190,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

 

HAIL CORNELL (bay filly, All American—Cayuga’s Waters, by Langfuhr) is a half-sister to Glorious View, who won the Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap on the dirt; Cascadilla Falls, who took the Lucy Scribner on the turf; and Highball, third in this year’s Grade 3 American Derby on the grass. Their dam won four races, including an off-the-turf edition of the Pebbles at Belmont.

Owner: Laue Ranch

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Manuel Franco

 

ALSO ELIGIBLE

CALAMITY KATE(bay filly, Yes It’s True—Justmeandmyshadow, by Tiznow) is the first foal out of her dam, an unplaced half-sister to Grade 1 Champagne winner Officer. Calamity Kate’s second dam, St. Helens Shadow, won a listed stakes at Ruidoso.

Owner: George & Lori Hall

Trainer: Kelly Breen

Jockey: Paco Lopez

 

Race 3, 2-year-old fillies, six furlongs, dirt, 2:02 p.m.

PAULASSILVERLINING (bay filly, Ghostzapper—Seeking the Silver, by Grindstone) is a half-sister to this year’s Grade 1 Carter Handicap winner Dads Caps and stakes-placed sprinter Liza Too. Their dam is a winning half-sister to Charles Town stakes victor Choctaw Ridge.

Owner: Vincent Scuderi

Trainer: Michelle Nevin

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

 

HEADMISTRESS (bay filly, Bernardini—Headline, by Machiavellian) is a half-sister to Jilbab, who won the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks, and Ancient World, who took the Group 1 Premio Vittorio di Capua in Italy and Group 3 Winter Hill in England. Jilbab is by A.P. Indy, the sire of Bernardini. Their dam is an unraced half-sister to Group 1 William Hill Futurity winner Dunbeath and Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity hero Saratoga Six.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

 

HOPEFAITHJOY (bay filly, Lookin At Lucky—R Lady Joy, Vicar) is out of a mare who won the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks and was third in the Grade 1 Alabama. R Lady Joy has produced one previous starter, Quite Spectacular, a claimer who has won five races so far in his career.

Owner: StarLadies Racing

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $270,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

ZEEZEE ZOOMZOOM (gray/roan filly, Congrats—Zee Zee, by Exchange Rate) is out of a turf runner who won the Happy Ticket at Louisiana Downs as a 2-year-old and captured the Edgewood at Churchill Downs and was third in the Grade 2 Lake George and Grade 3 Regret. Zee Zee’s only foal to race, Queenofzeenile, has won a single race in 10 starts.

Owner/trainer: Amy Tarrant

Jockey: Joseph Rocco, Jr.

Sales history:  $80,000 Keeneland September yearling; $135,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)

 

ALSO ELIGIBLE

DIVINE PRAISES (bay filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Grand Prayer, by Grand Slam) is a half-sister to Malibu Prayer, who won the Grade 1 Ruffian Invitational Handicap, and Valid, who has placed in the Grade 3 Fred W. Hooper Handicap and Grade 3 Salvator Mile. Their dam won a minor stakes at Monmouth Park and is a half-sister to Grade 2 Bonnie Miss heroine Tap Dance.

Owner: Besilu Stables

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

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 among Jon Forbes, Susie Raisher, and Lily Pierce

 

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, July 26, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, July 26, 2014

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, six furlongs, dirt, 2:02 p.m.

THIRTYSILVERPIECES (dark bay or brown ridgling, Badge of Silver—Crumbs of Comfort, by Pulpit) is a half-brother to Amen Kitten, a son Kitten’s Joy whose accomplishments include a win in the Tropical Park Derby on the turf and was third in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby. The only other starter out of Crumbs of Comfort is winless in seven starts.

Owner: Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey

Trainer: Wesley Ward

Jockey: Robby Albarado

 

DA JENIUS   (bay colt, Malibu Moon—Madcap Escapade, by Hennessy) is a half-brother to Mi Sueno, a daughter of Pulpit who in her brief career won the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante and Grade 3 Sorrento. Both Da Jenius and Madcap Escapade are by sons of A.P. Indy. Da Jenius’ dam was primarily a sprinter, but she did win the Grade 1 Ashland and was third in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks over a route of ground. She also won the Grade 2 Forward Gal, Grade 2 Shirley Jones Handicap, and Grade 3 Madison. Madcap Escapade is a half-sister to Grade 1 Ballerina winner Dubai Escapade.

Owner: Southern Equine Stable

Trainer: Eric Guillot

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Sales history: $350,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

TODAY’S AGENDA (gray/roan colt, Monba—Alison’s Winner, by Pine Bluff) is a half-brother to Nellie Cashman, who took last year’s Grade 3 Virginia Oaks on the turf. Their dam, who has produced three winners from as many starters, won two stakes at Thistledown and a single stakes at Mountaineer.

Owner: Alex & JoAnn Lieblong

Trainer: Anthony Dutrow

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $75,000 OBS August yearling; $180,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

CAPTAIN MOSS (bay colt, Quality Road—Deal of the Decade, by Tiznow) is out of an unplaced half-sister to Clear Mandate, who earned Grade 1 victories in the Shuvee Handicap, Spinster, and John A. Morris; Dream Scheme, who took the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Distaff Handicap; and A Diehl, a two-time winner of the listed J. Kenneth Self Shelby County Boys and Girls Club Stakes at Indiana Downs. Captain Moss’ second dam, Dream Deal, won the Grade 1 Monmouth Oaks and was a half-sister to Grade 1 Belmont Stakes winner Crème Fraiche.

Owner: Hurricane Boys & Richard Pell

Trainer: Nicholas Zito

Jockey: Joe Bravo

Sales history:  $100,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

ALDRIN (chestnut colt, Malibu Moon—Tap Your Heels, by Unbridled) is a half-brother to Grade 1 Wood Memorial winner and top sire Tapit and to two-time stakes-placed runner Overandabeauty. Both Aldrin and Tapit are by sons of A.P. Indy, with Tapit being a son of Pulpit. Aldrin’s dam won a restricted at Colonial Downs and is a half-sister to three-time Grade 1 winner Rubiano.

Owner: Mt. Brilliant Farm, Gainesway Stable & Robert LaPenta

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales history:  $1 million Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 9 4/5 seconds, video)

 

ALSO ELIGIBLE

COMPETITIVE EDGE(bay colt, Super Saver—Magdalena’s Chase, by Cape Town) is the first foal out of his dam, a sprinter who placed in stakes at Remington Park, Sunland Park, and Turf Paradise.

Owner: Nancy Favreau & Kathy Psoinos

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $750,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 seconds, video)

  

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 among Jon Forbes, Susie Raisher, and Lily Pierce

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, July 24, 2014

Susie Raisher

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, July 24, 2014

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, five furlongs, dirt, 1 p.m.

BULLY PROOF (dark bay or brown colt, Bellamy Road—Flaming Slew, by Slew City Slew) is the first foal from his dam, Flaming Slew, who finished third in the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks when it was 1 ¼ miles at Belmont Park. Flaming Slew broke her maiden at three in a career that saw her earn $188,630. Bully Proof exceeded the average auction price for his sire.

Owner: Alan R. Cook, Larry Pratt, and Jacquie Dalton

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $55,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling

 

VILLALOBOS (bay colt, Desert Party—Rokeby Rosie, by Prized) is the seventh registered foal of his dam, three of whom have won from five starters. Rokeby Rosie is a half-sister to Hall of Fame member Silverbulletday. A champion at two and three, Silverbulletday earned more than $3 million in a career that included five Grade 1 victories, including Saratoga’s own Alabama. Silverbulletday is the dam of stakes-placed Tice, while her daughters have turned out a pair of graded stakes winners in Shakin It Up and Govenor Charlie. A second half-sister to Rokeby Rosie, Garden Secrets, has produced a pair of graded stakes winners, including Grade 1 Acorn winner Forest Secrets.

Owner: Nicholas Cammarano, Jr.

Trainer: Guadalupe Preciado

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

Sales history: $90,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling, $75,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)

 

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 among Jon Forbes, Susie Raisher, and Lily Pierce