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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 Sunday, August 11, 2013

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 11, 2013

Race 2, 2-year-old Fillies, 5 ½ Furlongs, Dirt, 1:30 p.m.

DIVIDED ATTENTION (dark bay or brown filly, A.P. Indy—Contrive, by Storm Cat) is a half-sister to Folklore, who was named Champion Two-Year-Old Filly after winning the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, Grade 1 Matron, and Grade 2 Adirondack, and Delightful Quality, who was third in this year’s Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses Handicap. Six of seven foals out of Contrive to race have won.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

TEA TIME (bay filly, Pulpit—Asian Empress, by Empire Maker) is the first foal out of her dam, an unraced full-sister to Acoma, who won the Grade 1 Spinster on Polytrack and graded stakes on turf and dirt. Asian Empress is also a half-sister to Grade 1 Super Derby winner Arch, Group 3 Godolphin Mile hero Festival of Light, and listed stakes victor Alisios.

Owner: Helen Groves & Jon & Sarah Kelly

Trainer: Michael Matz

Jockey: Luis Saez

 

SWEET WHISKEY (bay filly, Old Fashioned—Baby Betty, by El Corredor) looks to become the third winner out of his dam from as many foals to race. El Gaucho, a half-brother to Sweet Whiskey, won a non-black-type stakes at Portland Meadows as a juvenile. Their dam is an unraced half-sister to stakes winners Heidi Maria and Doc’s Doll.

Owner: Alto Racing

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $75,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling; $300,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

 

CHIEF DANTE (bay filly, Indian Charlie—Belle Excel, by Gone West) is out of an unplaced half-sister to Chilean stakes winners Mash One (Group 1), Exhortada (Group 1), Reciclada (Group 2), and Gran Mujer (Group 2) as well as American stakes winner Exotic Indy and A. P. Excellent, who was second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup. Belle Excel’s only other foal of racing age, Corinthian Leather, won a single race in 10 starts.

Owner: St Elias Stable & West Point Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $220,000 OBS June 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 2/5 seconds, video)

 

Race 6, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, Turf, 3:35 p.m.

ALL TIED UP (gray/roan colt, Even the Score—Satinet, by Olympio) is a half-brother to Britt’s Jules, who won four stakes on the dirt and placed in the Grade 3 Leonard Richards on turf and three graded stakes on the main track. Another half-brother, Social Probation, was second in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop. Their dam is a half-sister to stakes winners Promise of War and Baldwin County.

Owner: Dogwood Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Rosie Napravnik

Sales history: $70,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling; $130,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)

 

FLORIDA WON (chestnut colt, Birdstone—Grand Portege, by Grand Slam) is the second starter out of his dam, a winning half-sister to Grade 1 Preakness, Metropolitan Handicap, and Clark Handicap winner Shackleford, Grade 1 Alabama heroine Lady Joanne, and graded stakes winners Baghdaria and Afleeting Lady.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $385,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

CANADIAN WINNER (chestnut colt, Pulpit—Ms. Cornstalk, by Indian Charlie) is a half-brother to Canadian Horse of the Year, Champion Two-Year-Old Filly, and Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Biofuel and Canadian Champion Two-Year-old Filly Tu Endie Wei. Biofuel won the Grade 3 Mazarine and Grade 3 Selene on Polytrack and placed in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks and Grade 1 Mother Goose on dirt. Tu Endie Wei, meanwhile, won four listed stakes and was Grade 3-placed, all on Polytrack. Their dam is an unraced half-sister to Grade 2 Arkansas Derby winner Dansil

Owner: Robert C. Baker & William L. Mack

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Sales history: $400,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

INDIGO KITTEN (chestnut colt, Kitten’s Joy—Blue Holiday, by Cure the Blues) is a full-brother to Holiday for Kitten, who has won Keeneland’s Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America over Polytrack and the Giant’s Causeway on the turf. Both wins came in sprints. As a 2-year-old, Blue Holiday was second in the Grade 3 Miesque going long on grass. Notonthesamepage, a half-brother to Indigo Kitten, was a sprinter who won the Spectacular Bid on dirt at Gulfstream Park.

Owner: Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey

Trainer: Wesley Ward

Jockey: Joel Rosario