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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


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.