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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 THURSDAY, AUGUST 16

Jon Forbes

RACE 3, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, 5 ½ FURLONGS, DIRT, 2:10 P.M.

 

MIDNITE POPPA (2yo bay colt, Unbridled’s Song—Island Sand, by Tabasco Cat) is out of a mare who won the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes and the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap, and placed second in the 2004 Kentucky Oaks. Island Sand has produced only one winner from three foals to race.

Owner: My Meadowview Farm
Trainer: Nicholas Zito
Jockey: Junior Alvarado

 

NATIONAL PRAYER (2yo bay colt, Songandaprayer—Senate Caucus, by Siphon) doesn’t have the most illustrious immediate family, with only one winning sibling from three to race, but his third dam, Ruby Slippers, is the dam of multiple Grade 1 winning sprinter Rubiano, as well as the granddam of Grade 3 Laurel Futurity and Grade 1 Wood Memorial winner Tapit. Ruby Slippers is from a very productive family, as her second dam Foggy Note was not only a multiple stakes winner, but also the dam of Grade 3 La Jolla Mile Stakes and Grade 3 Del Mar Derby winner Relaunch. Relaunch’s full sister, multiple stakes winner Moon Glitter, is the dam of Ruby Slippers, along with multiple stakes-winning sprinter Glitterman.

Owner: Brittany Stover
Trainer: Michael Hushion
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $12,500 Fasig-Tipton Eastern September yearling

 

WILL TAKE CHARGE (2yo chestnut colt, Unbridled’s Song—Take Charge Lady, by Dehere) is out of multiple Grade 1 winner Take Charge Lady, who was victorious in the first three starts of her career, including the Grade 2 Alcibiades Stakes at age two, and later posted Grade 1 wins in the Ashland Stakes and Overbrook Spinster Stakes, winning the latter event twice. Take Charge Lady has produced three winners from four foals to race, including Grade 1 Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy.

Owner: Willis D. Horton
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $425,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

TAKAJO (2yo bay colt, Congrats—Ariel Rose, by Black Mambo) is the first foal from his dam, who never won in eight career starts but is a half-sister to multiple stakes winning sprinters Blue Pepsi Love and Mach Ride, the latter of which also won the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap.

Owner: Long Lake Stable LLC
Trainer: John Terranova, II
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $40,000 OBS August yearling, $300,000 Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)