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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, September 2, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Monday, September 2, 2013

Race 6, All 2-year-olds, 5 ½ Furlongs, Dirt, 4:06 p.m.

HARPOON (gray/roan colt, Tapit—Christmas Star, by Star de Naskra) is a half-brother to Cuvee, who won the Grade 1 Futurity, Grade 2 Saratoga Special, and Grade 3 Kentucky Breeders’ Cup Stakes as a 2-year-old, and Will He Shine, who took the Grade 2 True North Handicap. Christmas Star, who has five winners from as many starters, also has produced stakes-placed runners Christmas Party and Catera. Grade 1 Hollywood Derby victor Olympio and Grade 2 Del Mar Debutante winner Call Now are half-siblings to Christmas Star.

Owner: Let’s Go Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $500,000 Keeneland September yearling