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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, SEPTEMBER 1

Jon Forbes

RACE 7, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, SEVEN FURLONGS, DIRT, 4:07 P.M.

 

PUGET SOUND (2yo chestnut colt, A.P. Indy—Balletto, by Timber Country) is the third foal and second to race out of his dam, who won the Grade 1 Frizette and was second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies as a 2-year-old and placed in five Grade 1 races as a 4-year-old. Her lone foal to race, Villanesca, was fifth in a maiden special weight at Saratoga on Thursday in her lone start to date.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Thomas Albertrani
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

MICROMANAGE (2yo bay colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Catnip, by Flying Paster) is a half-brother to Indescribable, who won a trio of Grade 3 races on the all-weather, captured a single Grade 3 on turf, and was third in the Grade 1 Go for Wand Handicap on dirt; and Elaflaak, who took a listed stakes in England as a 2-year-old. Another half-sibling, unraced Catchofthecentury, produced Spring Awakening, winner of the listed Moccasin and second in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante; and minor stakes winner Cat’s Cat. Their dam, Catnip, won a pair of stakes as a 4-year-old and is a half-sister to European Champion Two-Year-Old Colt Hold That Tiger and Belmont Stakes winner Editor’s Note.

Owner: Repole Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano