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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 Sunday, December 14, 2014

Susie Raisher

Big Apple Babies for Sunday, December 14, 2014
Race 4, 2-year-old fillies, 6 furlongs, inner dirt, 1:47pm

PERCHANCE (dark bay/brown filly, Distorted Humor – Dream Rush, by Wild Rush) is just the third foal from her two-time G1-winning dam. Both prior offspring are stakes winners. The first, Dreaming of Julia (A.P. Indy) won the first three starts of her career, highlighted by the G1 Frizette, and concluded her juvenile season with a third-place finish in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. She went on to take the G2 Gulfstream Oaks at three and was graded stakes placed on two other occasions. Second foal Atreides (Medaglia d’Oro) has made all five of his lifetime starts as a three-year-old of 2014. Four of those are victories, including the Monarchos Stakes and Aventura Handicap at Gulfstream Park. Dream Rush herself won both of her starts at two and had her best year at three, when she took the G1 Test, G1 Prioress, G2 Nassau County, and G3 Old Hat. She continued to be G1P at four and a stakes winner at five on her way to earning over $775,000.
Owner: Stonestreet Stables
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

FORTRESS (chestnut filly, Street Cry – Kotuku, by A.P. Indy) will be the fourth foal to race from her dam, who has produced two black-type earners. Fortify (Distorted Humor) was an impressive Saratoga debut winner for these connections who finished second in the G2 Hopeful and third in the G1 Champagne at two. Bay of Plenty has won half of his six starts, all as a three-year-old of this year, and finished second in the G3 Discovery here in November. Second dam Flagbird, a G1 winner in Italy, is a daughter of prolific broodmare Up the Flagpole.
Owner: Darley
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Dylan Davis

 

LIL LADY BIG PURSE (bay filly, Indian Charlie – Calais, by A.P. Indy) is the first foal from her unraced dam. Calais is a daughter of Flanders, the 1994 Champion Two-Year-Old Filly who took the Spinaway, Frizette, and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, all G1 events. Calais is a half-sister to Surfside, a four-time G1 winner of over $1.8 million and Battle Plan, a G2 winner of over $370,000. A full brother, Flanders Fields, was also stakes placed. Three daughters of Flanders have produced runners, with five stakes horses between them, led by G2 winner Open Water.
Owner: Teresa Viola Racing Stables
Trainer: Dominick Schettino
Jockey: Manuel Franco
Sales history: $280,000 Keeneland November weaning; $280,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling

 

NotesInnessa’s Dream is out of a half-sister to G3 winner Ray’s Approval. Time Clock, the dam of Tacky Diamonds, is a half-sister to five stakes winners, including G3 winners War Thief, Prime Meridian, and Watch. Not Tonight Berta is a half-sister to Harbor Cat, a stakes winner at Indiana Downs. Pleasant Ballerina, dam of Exclusive Biz, is a half-sister to two-time stakes winner Platinum Perfect. Pushme Pullyou’s dam, Salceda, is a full sister to Selvatica, who won five stakes races at five and six. Their dam finished second in the G3 Santa Ynez in January of her sophomore year. Tante Zoe is a half-sister to two stakes-placed runners, Dancing Elliebelle and Whomping Willow.

 

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 Saturday, December 13, 2014

Susie Raisher

Big Apple Babies for Saturday, December 13, 2014
Race 2, 2-year-olds, 6 furlongs, inner dirt, 12:49pm

CARRY THE BEAT (bay colt, Candy Ride – Set Play, by Van Nistelrooy) is out of a G1-winning juvenile. Set Play debuted a winner sprinting on Hollywood Park’s all weather surface. A third-place finish in the Landaluce and runner-up effort in the G3 Sorrento set her up for a score in the G1 Del Mar Debutante. The bulk of Set Play’s experience came on synthetic surfaces, but she was third in the G3 Miesque on grass and placed in one of her four dirt starts. Set Play is the dam of just one foal to race, Red Solid Perfect, a winner by Street Cry.
Owner: Chester & Mary Broman
Trainer: Tom Albertrani
Jockey: Manuel Franco
Sales history: $170,000 Keeneland September yearling
 

OCEAN KNIGHT (bay colt, Curlin – Ocean Goddess, by Stormy Atlantic) is the first foal from his dam, a winner at two, three, and four who earned just over $110,000. Ocean Goddess is a half-sister to two stakes horses, Libby’s Halo (Halo’s Image) and Mister Alimony (Skip Trial).  Grade 3 winners Winter Melody, Godmother, and Brazen Persuasion all hail from the family, which has found the bulk of its success on dirt. Ocean Knight was the second-most expensive offspring of Curlin to sell as a two-year-old this year.
Owner: Stonestreet Stables LLC
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales history: $320,000 OBS March 2-year-old in training (2 furlongs in 20.3: video)
 

CORT (dark bay/brown colt, Horse Greeley – Bema, by Pulpit) will be the sixth foal to race from his stakes-winning dam, all of whom have won.  Bema broke her maiden in her second start, in May of her two-year-old season, before going on to take the Busher here at Aqueduct as a sophomore. Cort is a half to two stakes horses. Ocasta (Cherokee Run) was third in the G3 Bourbon on Keeneland’s turf at two. Due Diligence (War Front) was an impressive Saratoga debut winner on the turf before joining the Aidan O’Brien barn this year, for whom he won a listed stakes race and finished second in the G1 Diamond Jubilee sprinting at Royal Ascot. Bema is a half-sister to two stakes horses and Mayan Milagra, who has produced a pair of a juvenile stakes winners. Cort was the most expensive weanling and two-year-old in training by Horse Greeley each year he sold.
Owner: Matthew Schera
Trainer: George Weaver
Jockey: Fernando Jara
Sales history: $21,000 Keeneland November weaning; $260,000 OBS April 2-year-old in training (2 furlongs in 21.0: video)
 

EKHLAAS (bay colt, Bernardini – Teeba, by Seeking the Gold) is attempting to become the fourth winner from as many starters out of Teeba, who was twice stakes-placed in England. The prior wins have come around the globe on turf and synthetic ,from Arlington Park to Meydan. Teeba is a daughter of Shadayid, winner of the G1 Prix Marcel Boussac at two and G1 English 1000 Guineas at three. Shadayid is a half-sister to millionaire Dumaani. In addition to Teeba, she is the dam of three stakes winners in G1P Imtiyaz, G3W Bint Shadayid, and G3P Alshadiyah. The last named is the dam of three stakes horses in her own right, led by Farhaan (Jazil), a two-time stakes winner on this circuit this year.
Owner: Shadwell Stud
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Angel Cruz
 

Notes:  Listed, the dam of Balfe’s Corner, is a half to two stakes-placed runners.

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 Friday, December 12, 2014

Susie Raisher

Big Apple Babies for Friday, December 12, 2014
Race 2, 2-year-olds, 1 mile & 70 yards, inner dirt, 12:49pm

TENCENDUR (bay colt, Warrior’s Reward – Still Secret, by Hennessy) is a half-brother to the terrific New York-bred Mother Russia. Mother Russia (Mayakovsky) was a six-time stakes winner of over $525,000 who found her success sprinting on dirt, turf, and was twice graded-stakes placed on all weather. Three other offspring of Still Secret have run, including two winners, though Mother Russia is the only juvenile winner among them.
Owner: Philip S. Birsch
Trainer: George Weaver
Jockey: Hector Miguel Diaz

 

FAR FROM OVER (bay colt, Blame – Alchemist, by A.P. Indy) is the sixth foal from his graded-stakes placed dam. Alchemist debuted at three with a trio of wins to start a career that saw her win on dirt and turf, finish third in the G3 Anne Arundel at Laurel Park, and top $200,000 in earnings. Four of her five foals to race have won, topped by multiple G1-placed And Why Not. And Why Not (Street Cry) was a splashy Saratoga debut winner who subsequently finished third in the G1 Spinaway and second in the G2 Pocahontas and was twice graded stakes placed again as a four-year-old. Alchemist is also the dam of Burj Dubai (Distorted Humor), twice stakes-placed at Hastings Park at four. Far From Over hails from the family of Althea, Aldiza, Aishah, Atelier, Altesse, etc., all of which contributed to him being the most expensive yearling of 2013 by his champion sire, Blame.
Owner: Black Rock Thoroughbreds, LLP
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales history: $550,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

TITANOR (bay colt, Giant’s Causeway – Moon Safari, by Mr. Prospector) is the seventh foal from a dam who has thrown a pair of graded/group winners from five foals to race. The Leopard (Storm Cat), also trained by Pletcher, broke his maiden on the dirt before moving to turf to take the Pilgrim and G3 Generous, all at two. Overseas, Just Pretending (Giant’s Causeway) took the G3 Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown before finishing third in the Irish 1000 Guineas and Irish Oaks, both Group 1 events. Moon Safari, herself G3-placed in the Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial, is a full sister to Scan, who took the Pegasus and Jerome when those were G1 events. Moon Safari and Scan are out of Video, a full sister to champion Caerleon.
Owner: GoldMark Farm and Whisper Hill Farm
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Manuel Franco
Sales history: $260,000 Keeneland September yearling

Notes:  Listed, the dam of Balfe’s Corner, is a half to two stakes-placed runners.

 

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 30, 2014

Susie Raisher

Big Apple Babies for Sunday, November 30, 2014
Race 4, 2-year-old fillies, 6 1/2 furlongs, dirt, 1:47pm

DICKINSON (bay filly, Medaglia d’Oro – Little Belle, by A.P. Indy) is the second foal out of her dam, winner of the G1 Ashland on Keeneland’s Polytrack and the Busher here at Aqueduct. The first foal, Telegraph Hill (Distorted Humor) is a winner. Little Belle is a full sister to Dubai Dancer, winner of the Witches Brew Stakes a Monmouth. Dickinson’s fourth dam is the outstanding producer Up the Flagpole.
Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez

NOBLE AND A BEAUTY (chestnut filly, Noble Causeway – Overandabeauty, by Grand Slam) is the second foal from her dam, the first of which has not won. Overandabeauty was a three-time winner, including at two, with victories on both dirt and turf as well as a pair of stakes-placings. All of her success came sprinting. Overandabeauty is a half-sister to G1 Wood Memorial winner and standout sire Tapit (Pulpit). Her only half-sister with offspring of racing age is Home From Oz (Pulpit), the dam of A Shin Gold (Medaglia d’Oro), a two-time stakes winner in Japan who finished second in last year’s Japan Dirt Derby (JPN-G1).
Owner: My Meadowview Farm
Trainer: Rick Violette
Jockey: Jose Ortiz

GARDEN PRINCESS (chestnut filly, Distorted Humor – Storminthegarden, by Stormy Atlantic) is out of an unraced half-sister to champion Paradise Creek, millionaire Forbidden Apple, G1 winner Wild Event, and stakes winner I’m Very Irish. The tremendous family also includes American champion Theatrical, European and U. A. E. highweight David Junior, Japanese standout Taiki Blizzard, and G1 Las Virgenes winner Eden’s Moon. While the bulk  of the family’s success has come on the turf, I’m Very Irish and Eden’s Moon boost their dirt credentials. Two offspring of Storminthegarden have run with one winner, Yes It’s the Boy (Yes It’s True), whose victories have come in Germany.
Owner: Whisper Hill Farm
Trainer: Bill Mott
Jockey: Manuel Franco

SWEET CORINE (bay filly, Pulpit – Enchanted Rock, by Giant’s Causeway) is just the fourth foal to race from a mare who has gotten off to a fast start as a broodmare. Enchanted Rock’s first foal, a full brother to Sweet Corine, was El Padrino. He followed a second-out maiden win with a third place finish in the G2 Remsen as a juvenile before taking the G2 Risen Star at three. Verrazano (More Than Ready) came next. While unraced at two, he swept his first four starts, highlighted by the G1 Wood Memorial, took the G1 Haskell, and was Group 1 placed twice in England at four. Third foal La Madrina (Tapit) is 3-for-5 lifetime, including a debut score for these connections sprinting on the dirt. All of her starts have come this year as a three-year-old. This is also the family of champion Queena, G1 winners Chic Shirine, Serra Lake, and Somali Lemonade in addition to a host of other graded stakes performers.
Owner: Emory Hamilton
Trainer: Claude McGaughey
Jockey: Javier Castellano

Notes: Milaya’s dam, Trendy Lady, was stakes placed on three occasions, including the G3 Chicago Handicap. Mattiebluebreezing is out of a half-sister to three stakes horses, including 2-time Aqueduct stakes winner Tiger’s Rock. Not About the Nail’s dam is a half-sister to two stakes horses, including $460,000-earner Master O Foxhounds.

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