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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 9, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, November 9, 2013

Race 1, All 2-year-olds, Six Furlongs, Dirt, 12:20 p.m.

SPECIAL AGENT (bay colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Secret Status, by A.P. Indy) is out of a mare who won the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and Grade 1 Mother Goose. Secret Status, a full-sister to Grade 3 Ben Ali and Grade 3 Fayette victor Alumni Hall and a half-sister to listed stakes winner Private Gift, also is the dam of Dunkirk, runner-up in the Grade 1 Florida Derby and Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. Three of six starters out of Secret Status have won.

Owner: W.S. Farish

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Manuel Franco


UNKNOWN ROAD (dark bay or brown colt, Bernardini—Banshee Winds, by Known Fact) is a half-brother to Banshee Breeze, who won five Grade 1 races (Coaching Club American Oaks, Alabama, Spinster, Apple Blossom Handicap, Go for Wand Handicap) and placed twice in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Kentucky Oaks. She was voted Champion Three-Year-Old Filly for 1998. Unknown Road also is a half-brother to restricted stakes winner Unbridled Wind. Banshee Winds has produced eight winners from 12 starters. 

Owner: Dennis Narlinger

Trainer: Michael Hushion

Jockey: Jose Ortiz


COUP DE GRACE (chestnut colt, Tapit—Home Court, by Storm Cat) is out of a Grade 3-placed (third in the Iowa Oaks) daughter of Champion Older Mare Jewel Princess, who won 10 stakes, including the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and three other Grade 1 races. Home Court, a full-sister to stakes winner One Nice Cat, has produced five winners from as many starters.

Owner: Fox Hill Farms

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $215,000 Fasig-Tipton November weanling; $300,000 Keeneland September yearling