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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

 

TimeformUS Analysis for December 11

Timeform US Analyst Mike Beer

TimeformUS Analysis for the racing at Aqueduct on Thursday December 11th
 
 
Race 1:  #3 Piscesbymoonlight is the horse to beat in the opener.  He has the speed to be a factor from start to finish as he drops to the lowest level of his career for a trainer pulling solid 85 rating with claimers dropping in class.  Best alternative to him may be #1 Street Swagg.  He is also dropping in class, and he will stretch out in distance from a good post.  He has won over a route of ground in the past, and he had severe trouble at the break when behind Piscesbymoonlight three starts back.  #7 Solly's Mischief is a logical player in a field like this, but he has been at his best as a closing sprinter and exits a no-excuse runner-up effort over 1 mile.
 
Selections:  1-3-5-7
 
Race 2:  #2 Coach Inge has proven to be a better dirt horse for Pletcher, and he exits a solid runner-up effort sprinting with a TFUS Speed Figure of 87.  Has to stretch out, but is drawn well to the inside with speed.  #4 Ice Cutter steadied entering the far turn of turf debut before finishing up with some interest down on the hedge, and he continued on well during the gallop-out in what appeared to be a useful debut.  Switch to main track may work, as he is out of a dam who was a Grade 1 winner on dirt in her career.  Linda Rice entry of #1 Point Hope and #1A Lookingoutforyou figure competitive, though we prefer the top two.
 
Selections:  2-4-1/1A-6
 
Race 3:  #3 Casual Elegance was the first to move into a pace that fell apart last time, and she is competitive here with her best race (owns top Spotlight Figure in the field, an 80).  Pace Projector indicates that she can be forward from the start in a race that is expected to favor runners on or near the lead.  #2 Betty Bing Bing is down in claiming price after coming up short with a good trip for $50k last time.  Has some speed from her inside post, but holds no speed figure edge on this field at a short price.  Adsit entry of #1 Wisdom of Oz and #1A It's Easy are difficult to eliminate from contention based on recent form, and they are both handy enough to pull the right trip in here.
 
Selections:  3-2-1/1A-4
 
Race 4:  #6 Kool Charli took some money but was away awkwardly and then very wide throughout debut before tiring in the stretch.  Drops in class for trainer sporting strong rating of 97 with second-time starters.  #1 Jadam also drops in class for this, and she spent the majority of her last race stuck along a dead rail at Belmont.  #4 Lightning Lilly projects to be the clear speed in this race, and she may well have hung on last time were it not for being down toward the deeper inside paths all the way. 
 
Selections:  6-1-4-8
 
Race 5:  These low-level restricted claimers tend to get easier at this time of year, and that's a benefit to a horse like #4 Acigarisjustacigar, who started to find his best form around this time last year, and posted his lone career win in his first start on the inner last December.  #6 Two Seventeen has clearly lost a step since enduring a long layoff back in 2012.  Has run well enough to be considered the horse to beat in his two starts since taking a second long break, but we are leery of him at a short price.  
 
Selections:  4-6-8-1
 
Race 6:  #8 Coral Beach gets big rider change for the class drop, and Pletcher has excelled with 2yo MCLs going turf to dirt from a small sample: 6 for last 12, and 4 for 5 on the inner dirt.  #1 Your Turn is cut in half by Mott for her second career start after racing greenly through kickback in her debut.  Likely to show more as she adds blinkers for her second start.  #5 Rosa Carina and #7 My Eastern Beauty both had trip trouble in $40k MCL on the main track at the end of November.  #4 Minnie the Minx has more of a turf pedigree, but she debuts for Rudy Rodriguez, who has won with 9 2yo maiden claimers since the beginning of August and will debut with lasix on.  
 
Selections:  8-1-7-5
 
Race 7:  #3 Marriage Fever has concentrated on turf racing for most of his career, but his dirt form is solid and he will make his first start off of a private purchase for David Jacobson today, which has been a powerful move over the past few years (100 trainer rating with horses making their first start for him).  #6 Village Warrior has speed and is a two-time winner over the inner dirt, but his recent form is a little dressed-up due to favorable circumstances.  #2 Groomedforvictory keeps rolling along at the age of 9; posted back-to-back recent wins on the main track.  Goes in a tougher spot off the claim, and he's always been better off around one turn.
 
Selections:  3-6-2-1
 
Race 8:  #5 The Brothers Rap has had little chance in his last two starts vs. Liam's Map and Three Alarm Fire, but he won his most recent start around two turns, which seems to be his preferred layout.  Pace Projector favors runners on or near the lead, but places #6 Celebrated Talent on the lead, and that horse is a real question mark going a route of ground.  #3 Dyker Beach has settled for second best far too many times, but he handles distance fine, and a wet track is ok for him, as well.  Figures closer to the pace with the stretch out.  
 
Selections:  5-3-4-7
 
Race 9:  #10 Ireland's Eye has speed on the drop, and trainer pulls strong ratings turf-to-dirt (100), and with claimers dropping in class (95).  #3 Oliver Rush figures to attract his share of attention as he switches to Michelle Nevin for the first time while up from Florida.  Makes his third start back from a layoff while also dropping in class.  #4 Qui C'est Moi got to the front on an easy pace and briefly looked home free in the stretch before proving no match for a repeat winner.  Figures tough in here with a similar run.
 
Selections:  10-3-4-1
 
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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