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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 3, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, November 3, 2013

Race 1, 2-year-old Fillies, Six Furlongs, Dirt, 12:20 p.m.

SACRED MOON (chestnut filly, Malibu Moon—Madagascat, by Tale of the Cat) is out of an unplaced half-sister to three turf stakes winners: Lindsay Jean, who won the Grade 3 Brown Bess Handicap and a total of four turf stakes, as well as a single stakes on the dirt; Crozet, who took the listed Bay Meadows Oaks; and Honour Colony, who captured the listed Lady Canterbury Breeders’ Cup. Madagascat has produced two winners from as many starters, with Exchange Cat having won a race on the dirt and the turf and placed in a pair of overnight stakes on the grass at Belmont Park.

Owner: John D. Gunther

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $230,000 Keeneland November weanling


LAURA GOLIGHTLY (dark bay or brown filly, Indian Charlie—Chasenthebluesaway, by Real Quiet) is out of a winning half-sister to Gibson County, who won three sprint stakes for California-breds and was third in the Grade 2 San Vicente. Chasenthebluesaway, a daughter of multiple stakes-winning sprinter Miss Gibson County, has produced one other starter, Knoydart, who was unplaced in five starts in England.

Owner: Stonestreet Stables

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $160,000 Keeneland September yearling


TIZ SO SWEET (bay filly, Tiznow—Sweet Fervor, by Seeking the Gold) is out of a sprinter who won three stakes, including the Grade 3 Shirley Jones Breeders’ Cup Handicap. Tiz So Sweet is the first starter out of her dam, a half-sister to graded stakes winners Concerto (Grade 2 Jim Beam, Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Club, Grade 3 Clark Handicap) and Illusioned (Grade 3 Ack Ack Handicap, second in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop).

Owner: Kinsman Stable

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado


Race 4, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, Turf, 1:47 p.m.

CLASSIC SENSE (dark bay or brown colt, Street Sense—Classic Strike, by Smart Strike) is a half-brother to Handsome Mike, who has won the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby routing on the dirt and the Grade 3 Commonwealth sprinting on a synthetic surface. Handsome Mike, entered in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Saturday, also has finished third in the Grade 3 Generous on the grass. Handsome Mike is the only winner from two starters out of Classic Strike, whose sole win came on the turf. Classic Strike is a half-sister to From Away, who captured a pair of stakes on the dirt.

Owner: Paul P. Pompa, Jr.

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history:  $195,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling; $300,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 4/5 seconds, video)


BLAST AWAY (chestnut colt, First Samurai—Hidden Reserve, by Mr. Prospector) is a half-brother to Philanthropist, who won the Grade 3 Queens County on the dirt, and Defer, who took the Grade 3 Laurel Futurity on the dirt and won two races and placed in a pair of stakes on the grass. Their dam placed in three graded stakes on the dirt (Grade 2 Demoiselle, Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses Handicap, Grade 2 Shuvee Handicap) and is a full-sister to Grade 1 Frizette and Grade 1 Top Flight Handicap heroine Educated Risk and a half-sister to Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner, Champion Older Female, and Hall of Fame inductee Inside Information.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Mike Luzzi