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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 Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, 5 ½ Furlongs, Turf, 1 p.m.

MACK MILLER (bay colt, Bernstein—Pennyhill, by Saint Ballado) is a half-brother to three stakes winners, including Electrify, who won eight stakes, including the Grade 3 Fred W. Hooper Handicap. Electrify raced primarily in dirt routes and was off the board in his lone turf start. Mack Miller’s siblings also include Cream Only, who captured a route stakes at Oaklawn Park, and sprinter Rothko, who has won the Grade 3 Aristides and finished second in the Grade 1 Malibu. Mack Miller’s second dam, Vennila Cream, won five stakes in Louisiana and also produced Grade 3 Toboggan Handicap victor Kazoo.

Owner: Dogwood Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $120,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video); $42,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling

 

ALL CASH (chestnut colt, English Channel—Andover the Money, by Dynaformer) is a half-brother to California-bred stakes winners Spenditallbaby and Runforthemoneybaby. Spenditallbaby won two sprint stakes over the all-weather and placed in a pair of graded stakes on turf, while Runforthemoneybaby won a stakes and was Grade 1 placed over a synthetic surface and was stakes placed on turf. All five foals to race out of Andover the Money have won, including English Pound, a full-brother to All Cash who broke his maiden on grass.

Owner: Calumet Farm

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Luis Saez

 

LITTLE BOSS (gray/roan colt, Street Boss—Golden Rhythm, by Rhythm) is out of a mare who won stakes on turf in Louisiana and Texas. Two of Golden Rhythm’s four foals of racing age have started, and both have won on the grass.

Owner: P. Vaccarezza, P. Greco, F. Mancari, J and J Stables, et al.

Trainer: Dale Romans

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales history: $40,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling

 

WAR HAWK (dark bay or brown colt, War Front—Surveil, by Kingmambo) is the first foal out of his dam, an unplaced daughter of Watch, who won the Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap on the turf. Watch is a full-sister to turf stakes winner War Thief and dirt stakes winner Stop Watch. She is also a half-sister to turf stakes winners Prime Meridian and Remind.

Owner: Jerry Durant

Trainer: Steven Asmussen

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $300,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

BELLY OF THE WHALE (chesnut colt, Red Giant—Miss Nashwan, by Nashwan) is out of an Italian Group 3 winner. Miss Nashwan has produced two other starters, no winners. 

Owner: Peachtree Stable

Trainer: Christophe Clement

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Monday, August 5, 2013

Jessica Tugwell

Forbes’ Firsters for Monday, August 5, 2013

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, 7 Furlongs, Dirt, 2:04 p.m.

TIGHTLY BRIDLED (bay colt, Unbridled’s Song—Winning Bet, by Dixie Union) looks to be the first winner for his dam, whose other foal to race has not won in four starts. His second dam is Grade 1 Hempstead Handicap winner Fantastic Find, who has thrown eight winners from ten foals to race, including multiple Grade 1 winner Finder’s Fee and the stakes-placed colts New Way and Treasure Island.

Owner: Robert C. Baker & William L. Mack
Trainer: Nick Zito
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling; $330,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)
 
KING CYRUS (bay colt, Bellamy Road—Queen of Empire, by Empire Maker) is the first foal to race from his unraced dam. King Cyrus’ third dam is Dispute, who captured three Grade 1s – the Kentucky Oaks, Gazelle Handicap, and Beldame Stakes – at age three, along with runner-up finishes in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes and Ruffian Handicap. Dispute also won the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes in her four-year-old season.

Owner: WinStar Farm
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $70,000 Keeneland September yearling

SOUPERFAST (bay colt, Broken Vow—Playa Maya, by Arch) is a half-brother to 2010 Eclipse Champion Two-Year-Old Uncle Mo, who captured Grade 1 wins in both the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Champagne Stakes. All three of Playa Maya’s foals to race are winners, and one other foal aside from Uncle Mo won at age two. Playa Maya herself never finished off the board in six career starts, including stakes placings at Delta Downs and Ellis Park.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $500,000 Keeneland September Yearling

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 4, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 4, 2013

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

TEMPERS FLAIR (chestnut filly, Smart Strike—Cloudburst, by Storm Cat) looks to become the second winner from as many foals to race out of her dam, who won the Mardi Gras Stakes sprinting on the turf at the Fair Grounds. Cloudburst is a daughter of stakes winner Harbor Springs, who also produced Champion Two-Year-Old Male Boston Harbor, whose accomplishments included wins in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Grade 2 Breeders’ Futurity.

Owner: Mark H. Stanley

Trainer: H. Graham Motion

Jockey: Joe Rocco, Jr.

Sales history: $375,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FIERCE BOOTS (bay filly, Tiznow—Shop Again, by Wild Again) is a half-sister to Power Broker, who won last year’s Grade 1 Front Runner and this year’s Easy Goer. On Sunday, Power Broker was a distant second to Verrazano in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational. Fierce Boots’ dam won a stakes on the dirt at Remington Park and is a half-sister to Miss Shop, who captured the Grade 1 Personal Ensign; and Trappe Shot, who took the Grade 2 True North Handicap and placed in a pair of Grade 1 races.

Owner: Bobby Flay

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $200,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Race 5, 2-year-old Fillies, Six Furlongs, Dirt, 3:03 p.m.

GARZONI (bay filly, Bernardini—La Galerie, by Southern Halo) is out of a sprinter who won a Group 1 in Argentina and later added placings in the Grade 2 Genuine Risk Handicap and Grade 2 Distaff Handicap. La Galerie is a full-sister to multiple Argentine Group 1 winner Gouache and a half-sister to Argentine Group 1 winner Apeles. La Galerie has produced two winners from eight starters.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Luis Saez

 

GUILTY VERDICT (bay filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Smuggler, by Unbridled) is out of the 2005 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly who won the Grade 1 Mother Goose and Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks. Smuggler is the only black type earner out of her dam, Champion Older Female and six-time Grade 1 winner Inside Information. Smuggler has yet to produce a winner from three starters.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III

Jockey: Javier Castellano

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 3, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 3, 2013

Race 7, All 2-year-olds, Six Furlongs, Dirt, 4:07 p.m.

BOLD VISIONARY (gray/roan filly, Rockport Harbor—Freshwater Pearl, by Alzao) is out of a mare who won a stakes on turf in Ireland in her debut, which came in June of her 2-year-old season. Freshwater Pearl is a full-sister to Alexis, a Grade 3 winner on the turf in the United States who also won stakes in France and Canada, and Miss Helga, who took a listed stakes in Ireland. As a broodmare, Freshwater Pearl has produced five winners from eight starters, including Pure Incentive, who placed in three stakes on the grass at Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course.

Owner: Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey

Trainer: Michael Maker

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

Sales history: $40,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

BIG AIR (dark bay/brown colt, More Than Ready—Taj Aire, by Taj Alriyadh) is a half-sister to five black-type earners, topped by three-time graded stakes winning sprinter Elusive Diva, who won three races apiece on the dirt and turf. Elusive Diva took the Grade 3 Railbird on the dirt and the Grade 3 Las Cienegas Handicap and Grade 3 Senator Ken Maddy Handicap going down the hill at Santa Anita. Big Air is also a half-sister to stakes winners R. Baggio and Handyman Bill.

Owner: Calumet Farm

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Joe Rocco, Jr.

Sales history: $140,000 Keeneland November weanling