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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 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


Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, July 28, 2013

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, July 28, 2013

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

RAU BREK (chestnut filly, Mr. Greeley—Tawaaded, by Nashwan) is a half-sister to two-time Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap hero Shakis, who also placed in two Grade 1 races in the United States and in group stakes in France and the United Arab Emirates. A half-sister to Rau Brek, Sahaat, was stakes placed in France. Rau Brek’s second dam, Thaidah, won a stakes and was group-stakes placed in England and was a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Glorious Song and Devil’s Bag.

Owner: Landaluce Educe Stables & Magdalena Racing

Trainer: Kenneth McPeek

Jockey: David Cohen

Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling


SAMURAI’S HONOR (chestnut filly, First Samurai—Trip, by Lord at War) is out of a mare who won three graded stakes, including two editions of the Grade 3 Turfway Breeders’ Cup Stakes. As a broodmare, Trip has produced Passport, who won the Cradle on the dirt at River Downs as a 2-year-old. Samurai’s Honor’s second dam was a listed stakes winner who produced additional stakes winners Laity and Joke, with the latter later becoming the dam of three-time Grade 1-winning sprinter Zensational.

Owner: West Point Thoroughbreds & Gunpowder Farms

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Sales history: $85,000 Keeneland September yearling


ILAPA (dark bay/brown filly, Rock Hard Ten—Catinca, by Storm Cat) is out of a mare who won six graded stakes on the dirt ranging in distance from 6 ½ furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. Her biggest win came in the Grade 1 Ruffian Handicap at 1 1/16 miles. Catinca has produced three winners from six starters, including Managed Account, who won the Toccet for 2-year-olds at Aqueduct. She has produced no winners on the turf.

Owner: Richard C. Pell

Trainer: Nicholas Zito

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

Sales history: $70,000 Keeneland November weanling; $280,000 Keeneland September yearling


MURMURE (chestnut filly, Lemon Drop Kid—Melody Maiden, by Saint Ballado) is a half-sister to Medolina, who won the Tweedside overnight stakes at Belmont Park on the turf. Another half-sister, Skating, was stakes placed on the grass. Their dam finished third in a turf stakes at Mountaineer Racetrack.

Owner: Wertheimer & Frere

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano


SPANGLED BANNER (bay filly, Tiz Wonderful—Eastern Ruckus, by Eastern Echo) is half-sister to Ladyecho, who won the Dearly Precious at Aqueduct and Marshua at Laurel going short and placed in the Grade 2 Cotillion Handicap and Grade 3 Delaware Oaks going long. Another half-sister, Whatdreamsrmadeof, was third in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks. Five of six foals out of Eastern Ruckus, an unraced half-sister to stakes winner Gold Star Deputy, have won, none on turf.

Owner: Casner Racing

Trainer: Eoin Harty

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Sales history: $55,000 Keeneland November weanling


STRIKING STYLE (dark bay or brown filly, Smart Strike—Rahy Dolly, by Rahy) is out of a mare who finished second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet as a 2-year-old. Rahy Dolly has three winners from four foals to race, including Aquitaine, who finished third in the Grade 3 Noble Damsel on the turf.

Owner: Skara Glen Stables

Trainer: Michael Matz

Jockey: Joseph Rocco, Jr.

Sales history: $280,000 Keeneland September yearling


GRANNY MC’S KITTEN (bay filly, Kitten’s Joy—Granny Franny, by Grand Slam) is a full-sister to Kitten’s Dumplings, who won the Grade 2 Lake George on Wednesday. Kitten’s Dumplings has also won the Grade 3 Regret and the La Senorita and Edgewood, all on the turf.

Owner: Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Joel Rosario