Thursday, November 27, 2014
Big Apple Babies for Saturday, November 29, 2014
Race 1, 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 12:00pm
HEADY CREEK (dark bay/brown colt, Giant’s Causeway – Van Lear Rose, by Stroll) is the second foal from his dam and the first to race. Van Lear Rose won a pair of stakes races at Woodbine, including the G3 Mazarine Stakes, enough to earn her the Sovereign Award for Champion Two-Year-Old Filly. Both of those victories came on an all-weather surface. Simply Precious, a half-sister to Van Lear Rose, is a the dam of Bear’s Gem (Peaks and Valleys), a stakes winner of more than $360,000 who has also done her best running on all-weather.
Owner: MeB Racing Stables & Brooklyn Boyz Stables
Trainer: Dominick Schettino
Jockey: Manuel Franco
Sales history: $190,000 Keeneland September yearling
DONTBETWITHBRUNO (bay colt, Tiz Wonderful – Stomping, by Dixieland Band) is a half-brother to Cyber Secret (Broken Vow), winner of last year’s G2 Oaklawn Handicap and G3 Razorback Handicap. Cyber Secret was a debut winner at two before developing into a multiple graded stakes winner at four. Two other foals from Stomping have run with one being a winner. Stomping is a half-sister to Open Toe (Proud Truth), a multiple stakes winner.
Owner: Repole Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $52,000 Keeneland November weanling; $100,000 Keeneland September yearling; $180,000 OBS March 2-Year-Old in Training (One furlong in 10.1: video)
Notes: The Catmancan’s second dam, To the Queen, was a G3-placed full sister to G2 winner Yarrow Brae. That’s the family of local stalwart Esteemed Friend. Rollie Mass just misses the cutoff. He is a half-brother to four stakes-placed runners, led by $260,000-earner Flashy Kid (Flashy Bull) and G3-placed Stoic (Forestry). Stoic is the dam of Peruvian Champion Imported Sprinter Ole Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus). Invisible Crown’s second dam is a full-sister to Sisti’s Pride, placed in the G3 Tempted here at Aqueduct as a two-year-old.
Race 5, 2-year-olds, 6 ½ furlongs, dirt, 1:52pm
MARCH (dark bay/brown colt, Blame – Lifeinthefastlane, by Unbridled’s Song) is a half-brother to speedy, though quirky, Eightyfiveinafifty. That one picked up a pair of impressive Aqueduct wins as a three-year-old, breaking his maiden by better than 17 lengths and taking the G3 Bay Shore. Five other foals out of Lifeinthefastlane have run and all are winners, though none at two.
Owner: Robert LaPenta
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $320,000 Keeneland November weanling
GOOD PICK NICK (gray/roan colt, Tapit – Mayan Milagra, by Menifee) is a full brother to Dancinginherdreams, winner of the G2 Pocahontas at Churchill Downs as a two-year-old. Dancinginherdreams won both of her starts at two, with a sprinting win on Keeneland’s Polytrack preceding the Pocahontas. She earned over $320,000 and picked up additional graded placings in the G2 Davona Dale and G2 Forward Gal as a three-year-old. Mayan Milagra is also the dam of Doubled (Exchange Rate), winner of the Sorority Stakes as a two-year-old and stakes placed on three other occasions. Her only other foal to race was also a winner at two.
Owner: Stonestreet Stables
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales history: $625,000 Keeneland September yearling
ON TAP (gray/roan colt, Tapit – Fantastic Shirl, by Fantastic Light) is the fourth foal from his dam, all of whom have won and two of whom have earned black-type. Fantastic Song (Lemon Drop Kid) broke his maiden first out at two on the grass at Saratoga before finishing third in the G3 Pilgrim. Magnificent Shirl (Heatseeker) became a winner on the turf in February of her three-year-old season in her fourth lifetime start. She subsequently finished second in Santa Anita’s China Doll Stakes. She’s favored in the fourth at Golden Gate, a mile allowance on turf, about 3 ½ hours after On Tap’s race. Dam Fantastic Shirl, a stakes winner and multiple graded stakes placed, comes from a tremendous family. She is a half-sister to MG1 winner and $1.2 million earner Shakespeare, Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner and $1.3 million earner Perfect Shirl, and MGSW Lady Shakespeare.
Owner: Chester & Mary Broman, Sr.
Trainer: Linda Rice
Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez
Sales history: $200,000 Keeneland September yearling
Notes: Ship Distributer’s dam is a stakes placed half-sister to a multiple-stakes winner in Mexico.
* 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