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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 Sunday, November 10, 2013

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, November 10, 2013

Race 1, 2-year-old Fillies, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 12:20 p.m.


FORTHELOVEOFNELL (bay filly, Galileo—Nell Gwyn, by Danehill) is the third foal to race out of her dam, who was second in a Group 3 in Ireland. Nell Gwyn is a full-sister to European Horse of the Year Rock of Gibraltar, who posted Group 1 wins in the Grand Criterium, Dewhurst, English 2000 Guineas, Irish 2000 Guineas, St James’s Palace, Sussex, and Prix du Moulin de Longchamp. Nell Gwyn has produced one winner from two starters, and that horse, Waver, has won on the turf and over an all-weather surface in Ireland.

Owner: Merriebelle Stable

Trainer: H. Graham Motion

Jockey: Chris DeCarlo

Sales history: $450,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling


LAUDED (bay filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Bless, by Mr. Prospector) is a half-sister to Brave Tin Soldier, who won the Grade 3 Cliff Hanger in the United States and a listed stakes in Ireland. Their dam is an unraced full-sister to Grade 1 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus. From five starters, Bless has produced three winners, two on the turf.

Owner: Mark B. Grier

Trainer: Mark Hennig

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

Sales history: $200,000 Keeneland September yearling


Race 4, 2-year-old Fillies, Six Furlongs, Dirt, 1:47 p.m.

RUNNING WILD (bay filly, Indian Charlie—Race Artist, by Mr. Prospector) is a half-brother to multi-surface threat Cherokee Artist, who has won the Presque Isle Mile on a synthetic surface, placed in the Grade 2 Ohio Derby and Grade 3 Barbaro on the dirt, and placed in Grade 3 Canadian Turf on the grass. Another half-sibling, Cherokee Girl, was a sprinter who won a restricted stakes at Gulfstream Park and was third in the Grade 3 Forward Gal. Their dam, a sprinter, won the Grade 3 Virginia Handicap and is a half-sister to stakes winners So Charming and So Dashing.

Owner: Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Allen Iwinski

Jockey: Abel Lezcano


ROSEDALE ARCH (bay filly, Arch—Love Cove, by Not For Love) is the first foal out of her dam, a turf runner who won the Ticonderoga Handicap and Shopping for Love overnight stakes, a pair of races for New York-bred fillies and mares. Love Cove is a half-sister to Half Heaven, who won four stakes on the turf and synthetic surfaces; Doll Baby, who won a sprint stakes for New York-breds at Finger Lakes; and Sweet Vendetta, who captured the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan.

Owner: Laue Ranch

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Jose Ortiz


MUMTAAZAH (chestnut filly, Tapit—Coral Necklace, by Conquistador Cielo) is a half-sister to Canadian Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Ginger Brew, who won the Woodbine Oaks and was second by a head against males in the Queens Plate on Woodbine’s synthetic track, and won the Calder Oaks and was second in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly on the turf. Mumtaazah also is a half-sister to Bourbon Bay, who won six graded stakes on the turf (San Juan Capistrano 2x, San Luis Rey 2x, San Luis Obispo, San Marcos) and the Grade 3 Cougar II Handicap on Del Mar’s artificial surface, and Booyah, who captured the Ralph M. Hinds Invitational Handicap at Fairplex.

Owner: Shadwell Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $525,000 Keeneland September