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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.

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16

Jon Forbes

RACE 3, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, ONE MILE & 70 YARDS, 1:26 P.M.

HOPE RULES (chestnut filly, Sky Mesa—Fun Crowd, by Easy Goer) is a half-sister to Funny Moon, who won the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks and Grade 2 Shuvee Handicap. A half-brother, Throng, captured minor stakes at Laurel Park and Arlington Park. Their dam is an unraced half-sister to Vanlandingham, who was named Champion Older Horse after winning races like the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup and Grade 1 Washington, D.C. International. Hope Rules was the most expensive of 37 yearlings by her sire to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: Waterville Lake Stable
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales history: $300,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9

Jon Forbes

RACE 1, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, SEVEN FURLONGS, 12:30 P.M.

BARAGAH (bay filly, Awesome Again—Golden Apples, by Pivotal) is out of a turf runner who posted Grade 1 wins in the Del Mar Oaks, Beverly D., and Yellow Ribbon. Golden Applies, a half-sister to turf stakes winners La Piaf and Alexander Three D, has produced two winners from as many foals to race, including Habaya, who took the Grade 3 Miesque on the grass as a juvenile.

Owner: Shadwell Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Pablo Morales

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8

Jon Forbes

RACE 6, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, SEVEN FURLONGS, 2:50 P.M.

ELNAAWI (dark bay/brown colt, Street Sense—Pilfer, by Deputy Minister) is a half-brother to To Honor and Serve, who won the Grade 2 Remsen and Grade 2 Nashua as a 2-year-old, the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap and Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby as a 3-year-old, and the Grade 1 Woodward and Grade 3 Westchester as a 4-year-old. Their dam captured a listed route stakes at Delaware Park and is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner India. Elnaawi was the second most expensive of 47 yearlings by his sire to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: Shadwell Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Channing Hill

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1

Jon Forbes

RACE 4, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, SIX FURLONGS, 1:54 P.M.

SYLVIA T (chestnut filly, Curlin—Brisquette, by Unbridled’s Song) is a half-sister to Garden District, who won the Grade 3 Debutante as a 2-year-old. Their dam, who won on dirt and turf and was Grade 3 placed on the main track, has produced three winners from four foals to race.

Owner: Jeffrey Tucker
Trainer: John Morrison
Jockey: Mike Luzzi
Sales history: $105,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

WELL HEELED (dark bay/brown filly, Unbridled’s Song—High Heeled Hope, by Salt Lake) is a half-sister to sprinter Sweet Hope, who won the Grade 3 Endine and was second in the Grade 1 Test. They are out of a mare who won a pair of listed sprint stakes and posted Grade 1 placings going long in the Hollywood Starlet and Las Virgenes.

Owner: Treadway Racing Stable
Trainer: Leah Gyarmati
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales history: $170,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium 2-year-old

 

SECRET UNION (dark bay/brown filly, Dixie Union—Barney’s Mistress, by Dynaformer) is a half-sister to turf runner Deputiformer, who took the Cup and Saucer for Ontario-breds as a 2-year-old. Their dam placed in route stakes at Prairie Meadows and Hawthorne. Secret Union was the second most expensive of 11 weanlings by Dixie Union to sell at auction in 2010 and the third most expensive of 56 yearlings by her sire to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez
Sales history: $130,000 Keeneland November weanling; $375,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling.