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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.



Jon Forbes


SNIFTER (dark bay/brown colt, Bernardini—Brandy Rose, by Distinctive Pro) is a half-brother to three stakes winners, including Grade 1 Alabama winner Sweet Symphony. A.P. Indy sired Sweet Symphony as well as Bernardini. Snifter’s dam is a half-sister to Hall of Fame inductee Holy Bull, whose exploits included Grade 1 wins in the Futurity, Florida Derby, Blue Grass, Metropolitan Handicap, Haskell Invitational, and Travers. Snifter was the fourth most expensive of 51 yearlings by his sire to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: Michael Tabor, John Magnier & Derrick Smith
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Eddie Castro
Sales history: $875,000 Keeneland September yearling

TIZ CHRIS (bay colt, Tiz Wonderful—Foolish Kiss, by Kissin Kris) is out of a stakes-placed half-sister to Saintly Prospector, who took the Grade 3 Omaha Gold Cup and was second in the Grade 1 Super Derby. One of two foals out of Foolish Kiss to race has won. Tiz Chris is the most expensive of 26 juveniles by his sire to sell at auction this year.

Owner: Stonestreet Stables
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez
Sales history: $52,000 OBS August yearling; $525,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 seconds, video)

FEDERAL AGENT (chesnut colt, Curlin—Gwenjinsky, by Seattle Dancer) is a half-brother to three stakes winners, including Lead Story, who posted Grade 2 wins in the Falls City Handicap, Louisville Handicap, and Churchill Downs Distaff Handicap. Gwenjinsky is a half-sister to Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff heroine Unbridled Elaine, who in turn produced dual Grade 2 winner Etched and Grade 3 victor Out of Bounds. Glitter Woman, another half-sister to Gwenjinsky, took the Grade 1 Ashland and produced Grade 1 Suburban winner Political Force. 

Owner: W.S. Farish & Lazy F Ranch
Trainer: Angel Penna, Jr.
Jockey: Alan Garcia