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Big Apple Babies

 

Big Apple Babies 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.

 

Big Apple Babies for Friday, October 24, 2014

Susie Raisher

Big Apple Babies for Friday, October 24,2014

Race 3, 2-year-olds, 6 furlongs, turf, 1:52pm

WHITE BAY (chestnut colt, Speightstown – Resort, by Pleasant Colony) is the ninth foal from his multiple graded stakes placed dam. Resort just shy of $250,000 while picking up blacktype in races like the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks and G1 Gazelle. Four of her six foals to race are winners, led by G2 Peter Pan winner Sightseeing (Pulpit), an earner of over $500,000. Sea Island (Pulpit) topped $340,000 with stakes placings including the G1 Gazelle. Peter Island (Tapit), the three-year-old out of Resort, was a debut winner in March of this year. Although White Bay failed to meet his reserve as a yearling, it is worth noting that the price was well clear of the average price for a Speightstown.

Owner: Robert S. Evans
Trainer: Shug McGaughey
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Sales history: $250,000 Keeneland September yearling RNA

 

FLIGHT TO QUALITY (bay colt, Speightstown – Forever After (GB), by Sadler’s Wells) is from a family that has achieved considerable success worldwide. His unraced dam is a half-sister to four stakes winners, including two G1 winners. Polish Summer (Polish Precedent) earned over $1.8 million, largely thanks to his win in the G1 Dubai Sheema Classic. The multiple French Group winner was also G1 placed in Hong Kong. Meteor Storm (Bigstone) achieved his greatest success in the United States, including a win in the G1 Manhattan, earning over $1.4 million. Additional members of the family are G1 winners Winsili, Stand to Gain, Raintrap, and Sunshack. Forever After’s only foal to race, Western Sadler (Mr. Greeley) is a two-time winner who hit the board twice in four starts at two.

Owner: Three Diamonds Farm
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $40,000 Fasig-Tipton March two-year-old in training (One furlong in 10.1: video)

 

MORE FRONT (bay colt, War Front – Wildlife Festival, by Seeking the Gold) is the third foal from his dam, an unraced daughter of G2 Churchill Downs Distaff winner Dream Scheme. Two of her prior foals have won with one winner, Rakete (Broken Vow). Dream Scheme a daughter of the G1 winner Dream Deal, making her a half-sister to MG1W Clear Mandate. Dream Deal, in addition to being a half-sister to MG1W Crème Fraiche, is the matriarch of a strong family. Major winners to descend from her include To the Victory (champion), Strong Mandate (G1), To the World (G2), Newfoundland (G3), etc.

Owner: Waterford Stable
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling; $190,000 OBS March two-year-old in training RNA (One furlong in 10.2: video); $400,000 Fasig-Tipton May two-year-old in training (One furlong in 10.1: video)

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare

* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner

* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare

* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner

* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000

* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000

* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner

* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner

* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction

 

 

Big Apple Babies for Thursday, October 23, 2014

Susie Raisher

Big Apple Babies for Thursday, October,2014

Race 3, 2-year-old fillies, 1 mile, dirt, 1:52pm

FAST RETAILING (bay filly, Malibu Moon – Shop Again, by Wild Again) is the fifth foal from her stakes-winning dam. The three prior starters are all winners, including a pair of stakes winners. Precocious Power Broker (Pulpit) won the G1 FrontRunner as a two-year-old and the G2 Indiana Derby at three on his way to earning over $860,000. Fierce Boots (Tiznow) broke her maiden in her second start at two and won this year’s Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct. The family is also responsible for Miss Shop (G1 Personal Ensign) and Trappe Shot (G2 True North) among others. Fast Retailing was the second most expensive yearling by her popular sire sold last year.

Owner: Andrew Rosen
Trainer: Shug McGaughey
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $1,000,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

GENRE (bay filly, Bernardini – French Park, by Ecton Park) is a daughter of a multiple graded stakes winning two-year-old. French Park debuted in the fall of her two-year-old season with a victory and promptly won the G3 Pocahontas and G2 Golden Rod at Churchill Downs. Genre is her fifth foal. Three prior foals have run, all of whom are winners.

Owner: Cheyenne Stables
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $200,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

MY SWEET GIRL (bay filly, Bernardini – Bit Of Whimsy, by Distorted Humor) is a homebred for connections who have had considerable success with the family, albeit on turf. Dam Bit Of Whimsy earned over $550,000 in her career, with her biggest victory coming in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. Her first foal, Caroline Thomas (Giant’s Causeway) whose biggest win to date is the G2 Lake Placid. My Sweet Girl is just the second foal out of Bit Of Whimsy, whose family also includes G1Ws Miss Josh, Royal Mountain Inn, MGSW Highland Springs, and GSW Highland Crystal.

Owner: Joyce B. Young
Trainer: Barclay Tagg
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare

* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner

* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare

* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner

* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000

* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000

* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner

* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner

* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction

 

Big Apple Babies for Sunday, October 19, 2014

Susie Raisher

Big Apple Babies for Sunday, October 19,2014

Race 5, 2-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 2:54pm

SEEKING (dark bay/brown filly, Mizzen Mast – Looking Afar, by Broad Brush) is a half-sister to G2 Go for Wand winner Nefertini. Nefertini picked up additional blacktype on a trio of other occasions, all on dirt. The earner of better than $310,000 broke her maiden on the grass upon debut. Their multiple stakes placed dam is from the Phipps family of Seeking the Gold, Fast Play, and Survivalist, among others. Looking Afar is the dam of three other winners from six total starters.

Owner: Gainesway Stable
Trainer: Bill Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Sales history: $95,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

LUCKY SONG (chestnut filly, Unbridled’s Song – Caminadora, by More Than Ready) is the first foal from G3 winner Caminadora. Caminadora broke her maiden as a two-year-old in her fourth start, second on turf. She went on to take the G3 Regret going 1 1/8 on turf as a three-year-old. Second dam Stoneway was a stakes winning dirt sprinter who took the Cincinnati Trophy Stakes.

Owner: Bridlewood Farm
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $195,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

MOZAMBIQUE GOLD (bay filly, Northern Afleet – Hishi Once More, by Touch Gold) is the third foal from her dam, one of which is a winner, and the first to run in North America. Hishi Once More earned nearly $400,000 in Japan, where purses are high, and counted the Ariake Tokubetsu Stakes, going roughly 5 furlongs on turf, as her biggest victory. Second dam Hishi Natalie earned over $2.3 million in Japan, where she was a four-time Group winner ranging from 7 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles. Hishi Natalie is a full sister to Blacksburg, a stakes winning juvenile at Hawthorne and a two-time graded stakes winner on the turf in Southern California.

Owner: James Covello, Joseph Bulger, and James Dolan
Trainer: George Weaver
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Sales history: $65,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

MYSTICAL CHARM (chestnut filly, Hard Spun – Mystic Lady, by Thunder Gulch) is a homebred for the same connections who campaigned her dam, $1.1 million-earner Mystic Lady. Versatile Mystic Lady was already a stakes winner on dirt and G2 placed on turf by the conclusion of her 2-year-old campaign. She retired as an eight-time stakes winner, five of which were graded. Mystical Charm is her sixth foal, all of whom have run, including two winners, one of which found their success on the grass. Mystic Lady, a half to two other stakes horses, hails from the family of Fourstardave and Fourstars Allstar.

Owner: Lee Lewis
Trainer: Mark Hennig
Jockey: Dylan Davis

 

BEEN HERE BEFORE (chestnut filly, Tapit – Connie Belle, by Storm Cat) is the fourth foal from her turf-stakes winning dam. Two prior starters have won, including two-time turf victor Call First, a ¾ brother to Been Here Before. Connie Belle is a daughter of G3 Arlington Heights Oaks winner Minister’s Melody, which makes her a half-sister to G1 Wood Memorial winner Bob and John.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Manuel Franco

 

Notes: Strict Compliance is a half to stakes winner Tiree. Her dam, Diva Dyna, is a half to turf G2 winner Unitarian. Lox’s dam, Whitefish, is a half to a trio of turf stakes horses in Keertana, Snow Top Mountain, and Diversy Harbor.

 

Race 7, 2-year-old fillies, 6 furlongs, dirt, 3:56pm

RIGHT DECISION (bay filly, Bernardini – Flourish, by Distorted Humor) is the first foal from her dam, a winner on both turf and dirt. Flourish is a half-sister to a pair of multiple G1 winning millionaires in Tates Creek (Rahy) and Sightseek (Distant View), the former of whom excelled on dirt and the latter on turf.

Owner: Juddmonte Farms
Trainer: Bill Mott
Jockey: Manuel Franco

 

OVERPREPARED (bay filly, Quality Road – Daily Special, by Dayjur) is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Shadow Cast (Smart Strike) and one additional stakes-placed runner. Shadow Cast broke her maiden sprinting on dirt in her debut before going on to excel as a router. Her biggest career victory came in the G1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga as a four-year-old.

Owner: Repole Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $310,000 OBS March 2-year-old in training. One furlong in 10.2: video

 

ZEALOUS WILDCAT (dark bay/brown filly, Bluegrass Cat – Zealous Connection, by Unreal Zeal) is homebred half-sister to a trio of stakes winners. Dam Zealous Connection was unbeaten in three lifetime starts, all at two, including a victory in the G2 Landaluce. Her hat trick of stakes offspring is led by Here’s Zealous (Dehere), who earned over $450,000 in winning races like the G3 Gravesend. There’s Zealous (Broad Brush) took the Cigar Stakes on his way to earnings of over $280,000, while She’s Zealous (Cozzene) picked up a Correction Handicap win and over $150,000.

Owner: Jay Em Ess Stable
Trainer: Michelle Nevin
Jockey: Jose Ortiz


Notes: Market Lover is a half or full to a trio of stakes horses. Midnight Bounty’s multiple stakes winning dam is a half-sister to Japanese G2 winner Agnes Wing.

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare

* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner

* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare

* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner

* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000

* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000

* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner

* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner

* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction

 

Big Apple Babies for Friday, October 17,2014

Susie Raisher

Big Apple Babies for Friday, October 17,2014

Race 3, 2-year-olds, 7 furlongs, turf, 1:52pm

THUNDERS FURY (bay gelding, Thunder Gulch – Golden Gale, by Summer Squall) is the tenth foal from his dam, six of which have run. Five of Golden Gale’s offspring to race are winners, a group that includes a pair of stakes horses. Knights Cross (Thunderello) finished third in the G3 Aristides while Bailzee (Grand Slam) was third in the Lottsa Talc Stakes at Aqueduct. Golden Gale herself earned over $260,000 while picking up a pair of stakes victories, including the G2 Beaumont at Keeneland. All of the mentioned blacktype was earned sprinting on the dirt.

Owner: Windmill Manor Farm
Trainer: Tom Morley
Jockey: Manuel Franco
 

PERFORMANCE BONUS (bay colt, Discreetly Mine – Unlimited Pleasure, by Valid Appeal) is a half-brother to a trio of graded stakes winners, headlined by Unlimited Budget (Street Sense). Unlimited Budget won the first four races of her career, including the G2 Demoiselle, G2 Fair Grounds Oaks, and G3 Rachel Alexandra. Unlimited Pleasure’s other graded stakes winners are precocious Montbrook juveniles Beacon Shine and Jardin, winners of the G3 Flash and G3 Schuylerville respectively. Unlimited Pleasure, a half-sister to G1 winner Outofthebox, did not run at two but her first six starts included a debut win, three subsequent victories, and a stakes placing.

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $120,000 OBS March 2-year-old in training, where he worked a quarter in 22.1: watch now

 

BIG APPLE BABIES ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare

* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner

* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare

* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner

* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000

* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000

* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner

* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner

* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction