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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 Saturday, August 17, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 17, 2013

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, 6 ½ Furlongs, Dirt, 2:00 p.m.

REBRANDED (bay colt, Tiznow—Bayou Breeze, by A.P. Indy) is out of a mare who won a route stakes at Monmouth Park as a 3-year-old. Bayou Breeze has a half-brother, Meteorologist, who has won stakes going long on dirt in Japan. Bayou Breeze has produced two named foals of racing age, both multiple winners.

Owner: Newtown Anner Stud

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)

 

TAPITURE (chestnut colt, Tapit—Free Spin, by Olympio) is a full-brother to Retap, who won a sprint stakes at Sunland Park and was second in the Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Juvenile over a route of ground as a 2-year-old, and Remit, who captured a pair of two-turn stakes at Prairie Meadows. All three starters out of Free Spin have won. Free Spin herself won three races, all sprints.

Owner: Ron Winchell

Trainer: Steven Asmussen

Jockey: Ron Winchell

 

LONG WATER (gray/roan colt, Elusive Quality—Round Pond, by Awesome Again) is the second foal out of the 2005 Grade 1 Acorn and 2006 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner. Round Pond’s only other foal of racing age, Long River, broke his maiden as a 2-year-old in a route race last December at Aqueduct Racetrack and is unplaced in a pair of graded stakes starts.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Joseph Rocco, Jr.