Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, July 19, 2013
Race 3, 2-year-old Fillies, 5 ½ furlongs, 2:04 p.m.
CRYSTALROCKET (dark bay or brown filly, A. P. Warrior—Queen of Millbrook, by Distinctive Pro) is out of a mare who a pair of stakes for New York-bred fillies: the Lady Finger for 2-year-olds and the New York Oaks for 3-year-olds. Four of Queen of Milbrook’s five foals to race have won, including nine-time winning sprinter Reine Des Coeurs.
Owner: Leonard C. Green, Sean Shay, Henry E. Baker & Peter K. Baker
Trainer: Gary Contessa
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales history: $3,200 Keeneland January yearling; $57,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)
STOPCHARGINGMARIA (dark bay or brown filly, Tale of the Cat—Exotic Bloom, by Montbrook) is the first foal out of her dam, a router who won the listed Windward Stakes at Presque Isle and the My Charmer Stakes at Turfway Park and was third in the Grade 3 Seaway at Woodbine, all over synthetic surfaces. A half-brother to Exotic Bloom, See Tobe, was a listed stakes winner and Grade 3 placed on the turf.
Owner: Repole Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $47,000 Keeneland September yearling; $220,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)
IRELAND (bay filly, Afleet Alex—Classy Mirage, by Storm Bird) is a full-sister to Grade 1 Hopeful winner Dublin, who later added placings in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, Grade 2 Rebel, and Grade 3 Southwest. Their dam won five graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Ballerina Handicap. Classy Mirage, a half-sister to dual Grade 1 winner Missy’s Mirage, has produced nine winners from 12 foals to race.
Owner: Calumet Farm
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Luis Saez
Sales history: $115,000 Keeneland September yearling
ART OF THE GAME (chestnut filly, Elusive Quality—Jade Queen, by Giant’s Causeway) is the second foal to race out of her dam, a turf runner who finished third in both the Grade 1 Garden City and Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational. Art of the Game’s second dam, Jade Flush, won the Grade 2 Rare Perfume on the turf and placed in six graded stakes on the dirt (including the Grade 1 Spinster) and also produced turf horse Megantic, a stakes winner and who was graded stakes placed.
Owner: Richard C. Pell
Trainer: Nicholas Zito
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $190,000 Keeneland September yearling