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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 3

Jon Forbes

RACE 5, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, 5 ½ FURLONGS, DIRT, 3:13 P.M.

 

RAMSEY BRANCH (2yo chestnut colt, Cowtown Cat—Sanibel Sole, by Miswaki) is a half-brother to three runners with black type, including stakes winners Sweet Belle and Sole of the City. Sweet Belle won a restricted stakes and was third in the Grade 2 Santa Barbara on turf at Santa Anita and was second in a listed stakes on dirt at Fairplex. Sole of the City won a minor sprint stakes on dirt at Prairie Meadows. Four of Sannibel Sole’s five foals of racing age are winners.

Owner: Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey
Trainer: Michael Maker
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Sales history: $105,000 OBS April 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 2/5 seconds, video)

 

MIDNIGHT TABOO (2yo chestnut colt, Langfuhr—Hot Red, by Thunder Gulch) is out of an unraced daughter of stakes winner Turbo Launch, herself the dam of U R Unforgettable, who was a stakes winner and Grade 3 placed on turf, and Turko’s Turn, who won a minor stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Turko’s Turn is better known as the dam of Hall of Famer Point Given, who won races like the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, Grade 1 Haskell Invitational, and Grade 1 Travers. Like Hot Red, Point Given is by Thunder Gulch. Hot Red has one winner, three-time claiming victor Country Monarch, from three named foals of racing age. Midnight Taboo was the most expensive of 38 yearlings by his sire to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: Repole Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $45,000 Keeneland November weanling; $240,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

HIGH FIVE AGAIN (2yo bay colt, by Awesome of Course—Precious Feather, by Gone West) is a full-brother to 2010 Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Awesome Feather, who is unbeaten in 10 starts and owns Grade 1 wins in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and Gazelle. All five of Precious Feather’s foals of racing age are winners, including stakes-placed sprinter Brooks ‘n Down. Precious Feather herself won minor stakes at Calder both sprinting and routing and was second in the Grade 3 Azalea going short and the Grade 2 Turfway Breeders’ Cup going long.

Owner: Fred Brei
Trainer: Nicholas Zito
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez

 

CENTRAL BANKER (2yo bay colt, by Speightstown—Rhum, by Go for Gin) is a half-brother to this year’s Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap hero Gantry and three-time stakes-placed runner Song of Pirates. They’re out of turf mare Rhum, who won the listed Rosenna at Delaware Park and the Ticonderoga for New York-breds at Belmont Park. Rhum, a half-sister to Grade 2 Arkansas Derby winner Private Emblem, has produced five winners from six named foals.

Owner: Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence
Trainer: Albert Stall, Jr.
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $200,000 Keeneland September yearling