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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 19

Jon Forbes

RACE 1, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, SEVEN FURLONGS, DIRT, 1:00 P.M.

 

GRAND MERE (2yo bay filly, Bob and John—Petite Princess, by Dayjur) is a half-sister to Raylene, who won a pair of Grade 3 races in Western Canada, including the Grade 3 Canadian Derby at Hastings Park over males, and Princess Janie, who captured two sprint stakes at Monmouth Park. Petite Princess, who has produced seven winners from as many foals to race, was Group 3 placed in Ireland and is a half-sister to Ad Valorem, who won Group 1 races in England at the ages of 2 and 4.

Owner: Michael J. Ryan
Trainer: Michael Stidham
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $45,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

SANDSARITA (2yo chestnut filly, Street Boss—War Thief, by Lord At War) is out of a router who was a Grade 3 winner on turf and won multiple stakes on dirt. She has produced two winners from three foals to race, topped by Boss Laffite, winner of the Grade 3 Transylvania on turf.

Owner: Mike G. Rutherford
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

RACE 5, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, 1 1/16 MILES, TURF, 3:13

 

LOVELY DYNAFORMER (2yo bay filly, Dynaformer—Lovely Rafaela, by A.P. Indy) is out of a turf runner who won Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap. Lovely Dynaformer has four siblings who have raced, with two winning on dirt and one on turf. Her second dam, Campagnarde, was named Champion Three-Year-Old Filly in Argentina and won the Grade 1 Ramona Handicap on turf after coming to the United States. In addition to Lovely Rafaela, Campagnarde produced Rize, winner of the Grade 2 Philip H. Iselin Handicap winner, and Calle Vista, who won the first stakes of her career when she landed the Luther Burbank on turf at Santa Rosa in July.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

J’ESPRIT (2yo bay filly, Curlin—Skip to Baghdad, by Skip Away) is a half-brother to sprinter Stormin Baghdad, who won the Bonapaw and Thanksgiving Handicap at the Fair Grounds and was third in the Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Sprint at Turfway Park. Their dam, Skip to Baghdad, has produced three total winners from four foals to race, none on turf.

Owner: Stonestreet Stables
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $72,000 Keeneland November weanling