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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


GALICO (chestnut colt, Mr. Greeley—Safari Queen, by Lode) is out of a mare who won Group 1 races on dirt and turf in Argentina en route to being named that country’s Champion Two-Year-Old filly. After coming to the United States, Safari Queen won the Grade 2 Long Island Handicap, Grade 3 Orchid Handicap, and Grade 3 Bewitch on the grass and took an off-the-turf edition of the Grade 2 La Prevoyante. Galico is the second foal and first to race out of Safari Queen, a full-sister to Argentine group-placed runners Safari Lady and Safari River.

Owner: Arindel Farm
Trainer: George Weaver
Jockey: Eddie Castro


ABLE BAKER CHARLIE (dark bay/brown colt, Indian Charlie—Plaid, by Deputy Commander) is out of a mare who won five route stakes and was third in the Grade 3 Gardenia Handicap. Dance for Dixie has one other foal of racing age, Starship Sapphire, whose lone victory to date came in a maiden claimer at River Downs.

Owner: Crossed Sabres Farm
Trainer: John Hertler
Jockey: Keiber Coa
Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland November weanling


GLOBAL ASSET (bay colt, Indian Charlie—Dance for Dixie, by Unaccounted For) is a half-brother to Summer Doldrums, who won the Whirlaway on dirt, the Grade 3 Colonial Turf Cup on the grass, and the Presque Isle Mile over a synthetic surface. Their dam was third in the listed Pocahontas as a 2-year-old and is half-sister to listed stakes winner Cielo Girl.

Owner: Lewis Lee
Trainer: Mark Hennig
Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez
Sales history: $225,000 Keeneland September yearling