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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 Friday, August 8, 2014

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, August 8, 2014

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, 5 ½ furlongs, turf, 1:31 p.m.

HILLBILLY STYLE (bay colt, Malibu Moon—Stylish, by Thunder Gulch) is out of a mare who won the Grade 3 Ballston Spa Handicap, Grade 3 Distaff Turf Mile, and Grade 3 Eatontown Handicap, all on the grass. Stylish has produced three winners (two on the grass) from four starters. Hillbilly Style’s second dam, Miss Lenora, won the Grade 3 Bewitch and was a full-sister to Group 1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) winner Madeline’s Dream. Hillbilly Style’s third dam, L’Attrayante, also annexed the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches.

Owner: Willis D. Horton

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Corey Lanerie

Sales history: $150,000 Keeneland September yearling; $250,000 OBS June 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)

 

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: Joel Rosario

Sales history:  $410,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

Race 4, 2-year-old fillies, 5 ½ furlongs, turf, 2:34 p.m.

CO (chestnut filly, Candy Ride—Pure Symmetry, by Storm Cat) is a grandson of Hall of Famer Serena’s Song, who won 11 Grade 1s, with her most lucrative scores coming against males in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational and Grade 2 Jim Beam. Serena’s Song also has been successful as a broodmare, producing Sophisticat, who won the Group 1 Coronation in England; Grand Reward, who took the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap on the dirt and placed in four group stakes in England and Ireland; Harlington, who won the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap; Schramsberg, winner of the Grade 3 John B. Connally Turf Cup Handicap; and three-time stakes winner Serena’s Tune. Pure Symmetry, who was winless in six starts, is a full-sister to Sophisticat, Grand Reward, Harlington, and Schramsberg. She has produced three winners from as many starters, none on the turf.

Owner: Andrew Rosen

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales history: $170,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

MAGNIFICENT MARGO (dark bay or brown filly, Congrats—Holy Miss, by Holy Bull) is a half-sister to General Charley, who ran primarily on the grass and won five stakes and was third in the Grade 3 John B. Connally Turf Handicap; and Truly Lucky, who won a stakes on the dirt at Sam Houston and was stakes placed on the turf at Lone Star Park. All seven starters out of Holy Miss have won, with General Charley and Truly Lucky being her only turf winners. Magnificent Margo’s second dam, Last Blood, won the Aspidistra Handicap on the turf at Calder Race Course.

Owner: Jeff Drown

Trainer: Michael Maker

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $80,000 Keeneland September yearling; $85,000 OBS April 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 2/5 seconds, video)

 

LADY ZUZU (dark bay or brown filly, Dynaformer—Indy Pick, by A.P. Indy), the sale topper at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, is a half-sister to Optimizer, who has won the Grade 3 Kent, Grade 3 Fair Grounds Handicap, and Grade 3 Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap and placed in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic and Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap, all on the turf. Optimizer is one of two winners from four starters out of Indy Pick, with Humdinger also winning on the grass. Lady Zuzu’s second dam, Fantastic Find, won the Grade 1 Hempstead Handicap on the dirt and produced Grade 1 Matron and Grade 1 Acorn heroine Finder’s Fee. Fantastic Find is a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Dancing Spree and Furlough.

Owner: Three Chimneys Farm

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $1,225,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga 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 is a collaboration among Jon Forbes, Susie Raisher, and Lily Pierce

 

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 3, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 3, 2014

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

HARBOURING (dark bay or brown filly, Indian Charlie—Snug Harbour, by Boston Harbor) is a full-sister to Star Harbour, who so far in his career has won a single stakes, the restricted Sunshine State at Gulfstream Park, and finished third in the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector. Harbour also is a half-sister to Lemon Point, who is stakes placed on the turf at Gulfstream and Belmont Park. Their dam, who won a listed stakes at Calder Race Course, is a half-sister to Sunland Park stakes winner Tee Cat. All three starters out of Snug Harbour have won.

Owner: Peter Vegso

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Joel Rosario

 

KINSLEY(dark bay or brown filly, Pulpit—Uninhibited Song, by Unbridled’s Song) is out of a mare who won stakes at Bay Meadows and Golden Gate Fields and has produced a pair of winners from four starters to date. Uninhibited Song is a half-sister to Grade 2 Cowdin victor Twilight Time.

Owner: Cheyenne Stables

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $300,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling

 

FEATHERED (bay filly, Indian Charlie—Receipt, by Dynaformer) is out of a mare who was third in a listed stakes at Saratoga and has produced one winner from two previous starters. Feathered’s second dam, Finder’s Fee, won the Grade 1 Matron at 2 and the Grade 1 Acorn at 3, while his third dam, Fantastic Find, was victorious in the Grade 1 Hempstead Handicap.

Owner: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $300,000 OBS March 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 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