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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 24

Jon Forbes

RACE 1, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, 5 ½ FURLONGS, TURF, 1:00 P.M.

 

POULTNEY (2yo bay filly, Eddington—Gail’s Brush, by Broad Brush) is out of a mare who won the Grade 3 Eatontown Handicap on turf. Gail’s Brush, a half-sister to turf stakes winner Private Scandal, has produced six winners from nine foals to race, with three having won on turf. The best so far has been Aud, who like her mother was a Grade 3 winner on grass, having taken the Grade 3 Pucker Up. Gail’s Drive, a half-brother to Poultney, was stakes placed on dirt.

Owner: Wilmott Stables Inc.
Trainer: Mark Hennig
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $30,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)

 

K TO THE CROFT (2yo chestnut filly, Distorted Humor—A to the Croft, by Menifee) is the first foal out of her dam, who was second in the Grade 1 Spinaway (dirt) and Grade 1 Alcibiades (synthetic) as a 2-year-old and third in the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks (synthetic) as a 3-year-old.

Owner: Michael S. Harrison
Trainer: George Weaver
Jockey: Kent Desormeaux

 

WICKAPECKO (2yo chestnut filly, Corinthian—Georgialina, by Affirmed) is a half-sister to Indian Hawke, who won the Albany, a dirt race for New York-breds. Indian Hawke is the only winner from six foals to race out of Georgialina. Turner’s Hall, a Grade 1-placed half-sister to Georgialina, produced Tamarind Hall, who last year won the Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses and was third in the Grade 1 Ballerina.

Owner: Gold Square LLC
Trainer: Bruce Brown
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales history: $57,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling; $90,000 OBS April 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 2/5 seconds, video)