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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



CITIZEN EMMA (2yo bay filly, Proud Citizen—Kamaal, by Irgun) is out of a mare who won only once in 10 lifetime starts but ran third in a turf stakes at Meadowlands as a 2-year-old. Of Kamaal’s five foals to race, three are winners, including Cave’s Valley, who won his first three starts as a 2-year-old, including Delaware’s Whirling Ash Stakes and Dover Stakes. Three years after producing Cave’s Valley, Kamaal gave birth to Getaway Guy, who won on debut at age 2 and would win four of his eight lifetime starts, including an allowance race on the turf and the Tom Ridge Stakes at Presque Isle Downs in the final start of his career.

Owner: Black Rock Stables LLC
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $72,000 Keeneland September yearling


AVENTURINE (2yo bay filly, Big Brown—Julie Truly, by Miner’s Mark) is out of a half-sister to multiple Grade 3 winner Truly a Judge, who earned $764,342 over 53 lifetime starts. His biggest achievements came at ages 6 and 7, when he won the Grade 3 Native Diver Handicap and Grade 3 San Gabriel Handicap in back-to-back starts. Though neither Julie Truly nor Truly a Judge won on turf, their dam Truly Needy produced two turf winners from her eight foals to race. However, only one of those eight foals to race won at age two. Julie Truly has one other foal, a filly by Bluegrass Cat named True Blue Julie who is 1-for-9 lifetime.

Owner: Green Hills Farm, Inc.
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $80,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling; $130,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old