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Big Apple Babies

 

Big Apple Babies, formerly 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 Big Apple Babies will help fans find the stars of tomorrow as they head postward for the first time.

 

Big Apple Babies for Thursday November 20 2014

Susie Raisher

Big Apple Babies for Thursday, November 20, 2014
Race 2, 2-year-old fillies, 1 mile, off-the-turf, 12:49pm

CHAPEL (dark bay/brown filly, Pulpit – Owsley, by Harlan) is the sixth foal out of a multiple-graded stakes winner of over $860,000. Owsley broke her maiden in her debut, as a January three-year-old, on the dirt but achieved the vast majority of her success on the lawn. Her victories included the G2 Winstar Galaxy and G2 New York Handicap. Four prior runners have won, including a trio of stakes horses. The first, War Hoot (War Chant), earned over $220,000 and was third in the PTHA President’s Cup going 1 1/8 on the turf. Fellow turf router Senada, a full sister to Chapel, earned just a shade less, $215,000, but was the winner of the Dowager Stakes and Keeneland and was graded stakes placed on two occasions. Owsley’s leading earner is Arthur’s Tale (Bernardini), a two-time Aqueduct dirt winner who finished second in the G1 Wood Memorial and third in the G2 Brooklyn Handicap. Chapel is also a full sister to Remember Then, who swept her first three lifetime starts, including a fall two-year-old debut, two on all-weather and one on dirt.

Owner: Stone Farm
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Manuel Franco

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare

* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner

* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare

* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner

* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000

* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000

* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner

* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner

* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction

 

Big Apple Babies for Wednesday, November 19

Susie Raisher

Big Apple Babies for Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Race 9, 2-year-olds, 1 mile, turf, 4:12pm

 

WEST EIGHTH STREET (gray/roan colt, Bernstein – Red Melody, by Runaway Groom) is a half-brother to last year’s New York-bred Champion Two-Year-Old, Wired Bryan (Stormy Atlantic). Precocious Wired Bryan won four of his six starts, including the G2 Sanford and a pair of state-bred stakes, and was the narrowly-beaten runner-up in the G2 Saratoga Special for the same owner-trainer combination. Stakes placed Red Melody is also the dam of Run Red Run (Afternoon Deelites) who was stakes-placed four times at three and four against fellow NY-breds, including a third-place finish in the Empire Classic. All five of Red Melody’s foals to race have at least two wins to their credit.

Owner: Anstu Stables

Trainer: Michael Dilger

Jockey: Dylan Davis

 

 

ARCH IN THE PARK (dark bay/brown colt, Arch – Century Park, by General Meeting) is the first foal from his dam, a graded stakes winner of over $230,000. Century Park broke her maiden in November of her two-year-old year after hitting the board in three of four prior starts. That win came at 1 1/16 on turf, while her biggest win, the G3 Santa Ysabel, came at the same distance on all-weather. She also took the TVG California Cup Distance Handicap on turf and picked up additional stakes placings on turf and dirt. Century Park is a half-sister to Racing Aptitude (Aptitude) a stakes winner at two and three who was also stakes placed at six this year. This is also the family of precocious two-year-old Career Collection, a dual G2-winner at two who finished second in the 1997 G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and G1 Hollywood Starlet.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Trainer: Bill Mott

Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez

Sales history: $435,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling

 

MIZNER PARK(bay gelding, Discreetly Mine – Miss Jeanne Cat, by Tabasco Cat) is a half-brother to Murjan (Officer), who was named Peruvian Champion Imported Colt at “three.” Murjan, born in 2008 in the Northern Hemisphere, won the 2010 Peruvian Two Thousand Guineas against Southern Hemisphere-born three-year-olds.  Their dam, Miss Jeanne Cat, won her first two starts at two, including the Time to Leave Stakes. Second dam Few Choice Words is a full-sister multiple graded stakes winner Nannerl, herself the dam of graded stakes winners Magicalmysterycat and Burmilla.

 

Owner: MeB Racing Stables and Brooklyn Boyz Stables

Trainer: Dominick Schettino

Jockey:

Sales history: $25,000 Keeneland November weanling; $110,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling

 

 

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare

* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner

* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare

* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner

* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000

* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000

* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner

* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner

* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction

 

 

Big Apple Babies for Sunday, November 16, 2014

Susie Raisher

Big Apple Babies for Sunday, November 16,2014

Race 1, 2-year-old fillies, 6 furlongs, dirt, 12:20pm

EMBELLISH THE LACE (bay filly, Super Saver – Expanse, by Distant View) is a half-sister to two stakes winners, including G1 Travers Stakes victor Afleet Express (Afleet Alex). Afleet Express won his lone start at two before going on to earn over $830,000. Reporting for Duty (Deputy Commander), the other stakes winner, earned just under half that, with a pair of listed wins and a pair of graded stakes placings in the Illinois and Oklahoma Derbies. Expanse herself won her debut and finished third in the Ellis Park Debutante in her only two starts at two. She has two additional winners from three other starters. Embellish the Lace was the second-most expensive offspring of freshman sire Super Saver to sell as a yearling.
Owner: Alex and JoAnn Lieblong
Trainer: Tony Dutrow
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $320,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

STEELY MAGNOLIA (dark bay/brown filly, More Than Ready- Exotic Bloom, by Montbrook) is a half-sister to just one other horse of racing age, this year’s G1 Coaching Club American Oaks and G1 Alabama winner Stopcharingmaria (Tale of the Cat). Stopchargingmaria was a very good two-year-old, a debut Saratoga winner who was G1-placed in her next two starts before sweeping the Tempted (G3) and Demoiselle (G2) here at Aqueduct. Their dam, Exotic Bloom, did not run at two but did debut with an Ellis Park win before going on to be G3-placed and earn in excess of $250,000. Steely Magnolia was the second-most expensive offspring of More Than Ready to sell as a two-year-old in training this year.
Owner: Stonestreet Stables
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales history: $510,000 Fasig-Tipton May two-year-old in training, where she worked one furlong in 10.1


IL MULINO (bay filly, Elusive Quality – Styler, by Holy Bull) is the third foal to run from her dam, following two whom have won. The four-year-old, Calistoga (Speightstown), finished third in this year’s G3 Bed o’ Roses Handicap. Styler, who won two of four lifetime starts, is a full sister to G1 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, who earned $2.5 million. She is also a half-sister to $2.3 million earner Tiago (Pleasant Tap), a dual G1 winner, G3 winner Stanwyck (Empire Maker), who was G1-placed on three occasions this year, and MGSP Sea Jewel (Sea Hero).
Owner: Donald Dizney
Trainer: Bill Mott
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Sales history: $200,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare
* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner
* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare
* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner
* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000
* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000
* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner
* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner
* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction

 

 

Big Apple Babies for Monday, November 10, 2014

Susie Raisher

Big Apple Babies for Monday, November 10,2014

Race 3, 2-year-olds, 6 furlongs, dirt, 1:18pm

MADROOS (dark bay/brown colt, Indian Charlie – Malibu Legacy, by Malibu Moon) is the first foal from his dam. She won both of her starts as a juvenile, both sprinting, the first on all-weather and the second on dirt. She went on to pick up a stakes placing in the Cheap Seats Stakes in December of her three-year-old campaign here at Aqueduct. Malibu Legacy is a half-sister to stakes winner and G3-placed Shameful, best known as the dam of Indian Blessing. Like Madroos, Indian Blessing was sired by Indian Charlie. The 2007 Champion Two-Year-Old Filly and 2008 Champion Female Sprinter was a five-time G1 winner who earned just shy of $3 million.
Owner: Shadwell Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Manuel Franco
Sales history: $360,000 Keeneland September yearling


Notes: Kennesaw Pride’s dam is a half-sister to three stakes horses, including G3 Tampa Bay Derby winner Equality (Mt. Livermore). American Soldier’s second dam was a two-time listed stakes winner and twice graded placed, including a win in the Interborough here at Aqueduct.

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare

* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner

* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare

* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner

* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000

* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000

* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner

* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner

* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction