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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 Saturday, November 16, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, November 16, 2013

Race 4, All 2-year-olds, One Mile, Dirt, 1:47 p.m.

MATTERHORN (bay colt, Tapit—Winter Garden, by Rahy) is a half-brother to Title Contender, who has won the Grade 3 Ohio Derby and Grade 3 British Columbia Derby. Title Contender is by Pulpit, the sire of Tapit. Matterhorn’s dam won the Grade 3 Bessarabian Handicap and Grade 3 George C. Hendrie, and was third in the Grade 1 Selene. All three foals out of Winter Garden to race have won.

Owner: Michael Tabor, John Magnier & Derrick Smith

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $110,000 Keeneland September; $625,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)


CONSISTENCY (chestnut colt, Lemon Drop Kid—Blushing Broad, by Broad Brush) is a half-brother to Love’s Blush, who won restricted stakes at Laurel Park on the dirt and the turf. Their dam placed in restricted stakes at Laurel and Pimlico and is a half-sister to Brushing Gloom (winner of the Grade 3 Fair Grounds Oaks) and Clash By Night (won four stakes, placed in the Grade 2 Ohio Derby and Grade 3 John B. Campbell). All three starters out of Blushing Broad have won.

Owner: James McIngvale

Trainer: William Turner, Jr.

Jockey: Alex Solis

Sales history: $75,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium yearling


Race 9, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 4:12 p.m.

WESTERN EXCHANGE (gray/roan colt, Exchange Rate—Western Vision, by Gone West) is a half-brother to The Rectifier, who won a listed stakes in England. The Rectifier is by Langfuhr, who, like Exchange Rate, is a son of Danzig. Their dam is an unraced half-sister to Rahys’ Appeal, who won the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap and placed in the Grade 1 Santa Maria on the dirt, and placed in the Grade 2 San Gorgonio Handicap and Grade 3 Eatontown Handicap on the grass.

Owner: Peter Deutsch

Trainer: Christophe Clement

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

Sales history: $130,000 Keeneland November weanling; $180,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling


SEAL TEAM SIX (dark bay or brown colt, Distorted Humor—African Skies, by Johannesburg) is the first foal out of his dam, who won a Group 3 in England. Seal Team Six’s third dam, Matiya, won the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas and placed in the Group 1 English 1000 Guineas, Group 1 Fillies’ Mile, and Group 1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks).

Owner: Wounded Warrior Stables

Trainer: Gary Contessa

Jockey: Manuel Franco

Sales history: $180,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling; $240,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)