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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 Thursday, November 7, 2013

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, November 7, 2013

Race 1, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/18 Miles, Dirt, 12:20 p.m.

CASPIAN SEA (dark bay or brown colt, Street Cry—Sea Chanter, by War Chant) is the first foal out of his dam, who raced primarily on the grass and won the Grade 3 Miesque as a 2-year-old and three other turf stakes. In six dirt starts, she won once, taking a restricted stakes at Belmont Park.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Luis Saez


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)