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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.



Jon Forbes



CUE THE MOON (2yo bay filly, Malibu Moon—Red Hot Bertie, by Tabasco Cat) is a half-sister to Red Hot Buddha, who won a minor stakes on dirt at the Fair Grounds as a 2-year-old and the listed Inaugural Stakes on Tapeta at Presque Isle as a 3-year-old. All four of Red Hot Bertie’s foals, which also include stakes-placed runners Knock Out Bertie and Red Hot Maria, have won. Red Hot Bertie is a winning half-sister to Allamerican Bertie, who captured four graded stakes and was second in the Grade 1 Alabama, and Hurricane Bertie, whose three graded stakes wins include the Grade 2 Prioress and who was third in the Grade 1 Ballerina Handicap. Cue the Moon was the second most expensive of 47 yearlings by her sire to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: Spendthrift Farm LLC
Trainer: Harold James Bond
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez


ANTIPATHY (2yo bay filly, A.P. Indy—Love Style, by Mr. Prospector) is a half-sister to Scat Daddy, who won the Grade 1 Champagne as a 2-year-old and the Grade 1 Florida Derby as a 3-year-old, and minor stakes winner Grand Daddy. Love Style is an unraced daughter of Grade 1 Las Virgenes heroine Likeable Style, who is also the dam of minor stakes winner Grat, who in turn produced Grade 2 La Jolla Handicap victor Old Time Hockey.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.



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PUGET SOUND (2yo chestnut colt, A.P. Indy—Balletto, by Timber Country) is the third foal and second to race out of his dam, who won the Grade 1 Frizette and was second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies as a 2-year-old and placed in five Grade 1 races as a 4-year-old. Her lone foal to race, Villanesca, was fifth in a maiden special weight at Saratoga on Thursday in her lone start to date.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Thomas Albertrani
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.


MICROMANAGE (2yo bay colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Catnip, by Flying Paster) is a half-brother to Indescribable, who won a trio of Grade 3 races on the all-weather, captured a single Grade 3 on turf, and was third in the Grade 1 Go for Wand Handicap on dirt; and Elaflaak, who took a listed stakes in England as a 2-year-old. Another half-sibling, unraced Catchofthecentury, produced Spring Awakening, winner of the listed Moccasin and second in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante; and minor stakes winner Cat’s Cat. Their dam, Catnip, won a pair of stakes as a 4-year-old and is a half-sister to European Champion Two-Year-Old Colt Hold That Tiger and Belmont Stakes winner Editor’s Note.

Owner: Repole Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano



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DIXIE SMILE (2yo gray/roan filly, Dixie Union—Broad Smile, by Broad Brush) is out of a multiple stakes-winning mare whose greatest victory came in the Grade 3 Columbia Stakes at Pimlico but who also won Fair Grounds’ Pontalba Stakes at age two. Broad Smile’s dam, Wings of Jove, won on debut and was also victorious in the Grade 1 Matron and Grade 2 Astarita Stakes at age two. Broad Smile has produced multiple stakes winner Procreate and stakes winner Perilous Song.

Owner: Michelle S Sharp
Trainer: Barclay Tagg
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh


BLAZING WHIP (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Street Boss—Timely Legend, by Navarone) is a half-sister to stakes winners Song of Navarone and Celluloid Hero. Song of Navarone won a total of five stakes races, all at Sunland Park and Zia Park. He also ran third in both the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar and the Grade 3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. Celluloid Hero was multiple stakes placed, with his stakes victories coming in Oaklawn Park’s Dixieland Stakes and Canterbury Park’s St. Paul and Minnesota H.P.B.A. Sprint Stakes. Six of her seven foals to race are winners.

Owner: JW Singer LLC
Trainer: Michael Matz
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $85,000 Keeneland September yearling


MRS. BEAN (2yo bay filly, Spring at Last—Zambezi Belle, by Lord at War) is out of an unraced daughter of Medici Bells, whose multiple stakes placings include a runner-up effort in the Grade 2 Landaluce Stakes and a third-place effort in the Grade 3 Sorrento Stakes at age two. Medici Bells also won the Fairfield Stakes at Solano at age three. This filly is a half-sister to multiple stakes-winning New York-bred Law Enforcement, who to date has won six of 30 starts with earnings of $458,638. His four stakes victories include a winning effort in the Aspirant Stakes at Finger Lakes in his two-year-old season.

Owner: Tic Stables
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik
Sales history: $50,000 Keeneland September Yearling, $90,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 seconds, video)



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OVERNIGHT TRADING (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Midnight Lute—Rainbow Promise, by Known Fact) is out of an unraced mare who is a half sister to Grade 1 Spinster Stakes winner Try Something New as well as Uncle Ho, winner of Gulfstream Park’s Hallandale Handicap. Rainbow Promise has had seven winners from nine foals to race, including Class Above, by Midnight Lute’s paternal grandsire Quiet American. Class Above won the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies at age two and the Bourbonette Breeders’ Cup Stakes at age three, both at Turfway Park. Rainbow Promise is also the dam of the stakes-placed Unbridled’s Song daughter Rainbow Song. 

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence
Trainer: Dale Romans
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $87,000 OBS August yearling


BUDDY’S TIZ (2yo bay colt, Tiznow—Caroline’s Gold, by Touch Gold) is out of a Grade 3-placed half-sister to Grade 1 Travers Stakes and Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby winner Colonel John, and multiple graded stakes-placed Mr. Hot Stuff, both by Tiznow. Caroline’s Gold has one other foal to race, a Smoke Glacken gelding named Highest Order who ran third in his Turfway Park debut at age two but is still a maiden after six starts.

Owner: Kingfield Stables
Trainer: Bruce Levine
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $400,000 Keeneland September yearling


ARCHWARRIOR (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Arch—Winner’s Edge, by Seeking the Gold) is a half-brother to minor stakes winners Coya and Return to Paradise, with the latter having placed in a pair of black-type events as a juvenile. Their dam was effective on both dirt and turf, including a second in the Grade 3 Affectionately on dirt, and is a half-sister to Lucky Song, a Group 2 winner in England who was the high-weighted 3-year-old filly in Europe at 14 furlongs and longer. Archwarrior is the most expensive of six 2-year-olds by his sire to sell at auction this year.

Owner: Alto Racing, LLC
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $75,000 Keeneland November weanling; $375,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)


BUDDY’S SMART (2yo bay colt, Smart Strike—Summer Colony, by Summer Squall) is out of a mare who won six graded stakes in her career, with her biggest win coming in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Handicap. Summer Colony has had four foals, all to race, with two winners including Summer Laugh, a daughter of Distorted Humor who won Delaware Park’s Blue Hen Stakes at age two. Her other winning foal, another Distorted Humor filly named Summer Humor, is one-for-six lifetime but her single win did come as a 2-year-old.

Owner: Kingfield Stables
Trainer: Bruce Levine
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $30,000 Keeneland September yearling