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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, 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

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 31, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 31, 2013

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, Seven Furlongs, Dirt, 2:00 p.m.

PURPLE SKY (bay colt, Pulpit—Tessa Blue, by Awesome Again) is out of a mare who won the Grade 3 Indiana Oaks. Tessa Blue, a half-sister to listed stakes winner Inner Harbour, has produced one starter, Elite Warrior, who lone win has come in a maiden claiming race at Calder Race Course.

Owner: Bruce Lunsford

Trainer: Albert Stall, Jr.

Jockey: Robby Albarado

 

HONOR CODE (dark bay or brown colt, by A.P. Indy—Serena’s Cat, by Storm Cat) is a half-brother to Noble Tune, who has won the Grade 2 American Turf and Grade 3 Pilgrim and was second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Their dam won a turf sprint stakes at Monmouth Park and is a half-sister to Vocalised, a two-time Group 3 winner in England. Honor Code’s second dam is Serena’s Tune, who won listed stakes on dirt and turf, and his third dam is Hall of Famer Serena’s Song, who won 12 Grade 1 races between the ages of 2 and 4, including the Haskell Invitational Handicap against males.

Owner: Lane’s End Racing and Dell Ridge Farm

Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III

Jockey: John Velazquez

 

MISCONNECT (gray/roan colt, Unbridled’s Song—Summer Raven, by Summer Squall) is a full-brother to Winslow Homer, who won the Grade 3 Holy Bull. Their dam captured the Grade 3 Tempted as a 2-year-old. Winslow Homer is her only winner from three starters.

Owner: Repole Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $180,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 2/5 seconds, video)

Race 5, All 2-year-olds, Seven Furlongs, Dirt, 3:02 p.m.

ALL MY MEMORIES (bay colt, Elusive Quality—Regal Engagement, by Cat Thief) is out of a mare who won the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan. Regal Engagement’s only other foal to race is winless in five starts.

Owner: Mr Amore Stable

Trainer: Jason Servis

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Sales history: $60,000 Keeneland September yearling; $120,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)

 

GOOD RESPONSE (dark bay or brown colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Any for Love, by Southern Halo) is out of an Argentine-bred who won that country’s Group 1 Premio Mil Guineas (Argentine 1000 Guineas) and was third in the Grade 3 Las Cienegas on the turf in the United States. All five of her foals to race have won, including Distorted Love, who was second in the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Joe Bravo

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