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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 Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sean Morris

Big Apple Babies for Sunday, October 26,2014

Race 2, 2-year-olds, 1 mile, dirt, 1:21pm

FRESH WINE (bay colt, Pulpit – Fun Crowd, by Easy Goer) is ¾-brother to Funny Moon (Malibu Moon), winner of the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks and G2 Shuvee right here at Belmont Park. Fun Crowd is also the dam of multiple stakes winner Throng (Silver Deputy) and the stakes placed Home Crowd. The latter is the only one of the trio to win at two. Second dam Populi produced a trio of stakes winners, led by 1985 Champion Older Horse Vanlandingham. Fresh Wine was the second most expensive Pulpit sold as a yearling last year.

Owner: Wounded Warrior Stables
Trainer: Bill Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Sales history: $375,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling

 

TAKEOVER TARGET (bay colt, Harlan’s Holiday – Vanquished, by Empire Maker) is out of a half-sister to Critical Eye, a multiple G1 winner here in New York. Vanquished is a half-sister to two other stakes-placed horses in MSP Personable Pete and G2P Glamorista. Two prior foals of Vanquished have run, including juvenile winner Bustle (More Than Ready).

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales history: $175,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

HIGH MINDED (bay colt, Congrats – Geographic, by Empire Maker) is the third foal from the dam of two winners. Geographic is a daughter of Dokki, making her a half-sister to $1.8 million-earner Aptitude. The son of A.P. Indy took both the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) and Hollywood Gold Cup (G1) as a four-year-old, in addition to runner-up performances in both the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Belmont Stakes (G1). Dokki is also the dam of G1 Hollywood Oaks winner Sleep Easy, a ¾-sister to Aptitude.

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


Notes: Tweet Kitten is a full to a pair of stakes winners, multiple Puerto Rican stakes winner Sweet Kitten and Livermore Valley Wines Stakes winner Saint Prado. Irish Causeway just misses the eligibility requirements, but is a half to a trio of stakes winners led by $275,000-earner Banker’s Buy.

 

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 Saturday, October 25, 2014

Susie Raisher

Big Apple Babies for Saturday, October 25,2014

Race 2, 2-year-old fillies, 6 furlongs, turf, 1:21pm

RESILIENT ONE (bay filly, Hard Spun – Amandatude, by Aptitude) is a daughter of a $400,000 earner who was graded stakes placed on two occasions. Only one of three prior foals have run, the winner Closet E. Amandatude broke her maiden as a two-year-old in her fourth start before finishing second in both Delaware Oaks and Cotillion, both G2 events.

Owner: Brian Martin
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $70,000 Keeneland September yearling RNA; $80,000 OBS April two-year-old in training (One furlong in 10.2: video)

 

TAP IT OUT (chestnut filly, Tapit – Great Intentions, by Cat Thief) is the fourth foal out of a multiple graded stakes winner. Great Intentions topped $425,00o with victories in the G2 First Flight and G2 Gallant Bloom. Two prior foals have won, one as a two-year-old. Great Intentions herself was a first out two-year-old winner.

Owner: Richard Santulli
Trainer: Alan Goldberg
Jockey: Manuel Franco
Sales history: $185,000 Keeneland September yearling RNA
 

GIGI’S KITTEN (chestnut filly, Kitten’s Joy – Blue Holiday, by Cure the Blues) is out of a mare who managed to top $300,000  in earnings despite never running in stakes company. She has gone on to produce a pair of stakes winners from six foals to race, led by a full sister to this one, Holiday for Kitten. G3-placed at two, Holiday for Kitten picked up her biggest win in the Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) at Keeneland. Blue Holiday’s other stakes winner, Notonthesamepage (Catienus) was second in the Tyro as a juvenile before taking the Spectacular Bid at three.

Owner: Mike Anderson
Trainer: Bill Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Sales history: $157,000 OBS June two-year-old in training RNA (One furlong in 10.1: video)

Notes: More Than Rainbows’s third dam is the Hall of Famer Safely Kept. Emerald Pond’s second dam is MGSW Advancing Star.

 

Race 7, 2-year-olds, 6 ½ furlongs, dirt, 3:56pm

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 (Quarter mile in 22.1: video)
 

HOLD ON(dark bay/browncolt, Harlan’s Holiday – Fondness, by Elusive Quality) is the first foal from his unraced dam. Fondness is a half-sister to a pair of runners who each earned more than $750,000. Bahamian Pirate (Housebuster) picked up his first Group win as a five-year-old and continued in stakes company until he was eleven, taking England’s G1 Nunthorpe at nine. The second half-brother, Strong Hope (Grand Slam) was victorious in both the G2 Dwyer and G2 Jim Dandy.

Owner: Lee Lewis
Trainer: Mark Hennig
Jockey: Joe Bravo
Sales history: $130,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

UNBRIDLED HERO (chestnut colt, Unbridled’s Song – Home Crowd, by Came Home) is the first foal from his dam, who broke her maiden as a two-year-old in her career debut. Both of her career victories and her stakes placing in the Ruthless came sprinting on dirt. Home Crowd is a half-sister to a pair of stakes winners, the multiple listed winner Throng and multiple graded stakes winner Funny Moon, whose biggest victory came in the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks. Other members of the family include Temperence Hill and Vanlandingham.

Owner: Whisper Hill Farm
Trainer: John C. Kimmel
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Sales history: $325,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling
 

CLASSY CLASS (bay colt, Discreetly Mine – Collegiate, by Saarland) is the second foal from his G1-placed dam. Collegiate broke her maiden in June of her two-year-old season and went on to finish third in the G1 Spinaway. Collegiate is a half-sister to a pair of Argentinian-born stakes winners, including Good Student, who was G1-placed once imported to the United States.

Owner: Cheyenne Stables LLC
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales history: $120,000 Keeneland November weanling; $250,000 OBS March two-year-old in training (One furlong in 10.2: video)
 

NET GAIN (bay colt, Include – Triple o’ Five, by Elusive Quality) is the third foal from his dam, second to race. The first, Cat Five’ O (Pleasantly Perfect) won the Mistletoe Stakes at Remington Park as a two-year-old and picked up a trio of additional stakes placings, two as a juvenile. While Triple o’ Five failed to win, she is a daughter of G1 winner Stormy Pick. Stormy Pick achieved her greatest success as a two-year-old in taking the G1 Spinaway and G3 Sorority.

Owner: WinStar Farm
Trainer: Bill Mott
Jockey: Dylan Davis
Sales history: $325,000 OBS April 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 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