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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 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

 

 

TimeformUS Analysis for October 25

TimeformUS Analyst Mike Beer

TimeformUS Analysis for the racing at gorgeous Belmont Park on Saturday October 25

>Go to the TimeformUS PPs for these races

Race 1:  All things being equal, #5 Big Lute is the clear horse to beat in the opener.  Of course, all things are never equal on the racetrack, and Big Lute has some questions to answer here as he drops all the way down after being pulled up and walked off the track in his last race, which came 126 days ago.  Jacobson is one of the guys who seem to get away with this kind of class drop, so we will take him on top.  Main threat may be #7 D J Manlove, who has speed from an outside post and put up a 96 TFUS Speed Figure in his main track debut last year.  Hasn't run anywhere near as well in two dirt starts this year, but he's third off the layoff and at the right level.
 
Selections:  5-7-3-4
 
Race 2:  Thought #1 Neilinger made a promising debut despite finding traffic trouble in a race that has produced three stakes winners already.  Hasn't necessarily had the chance to back that effort up yet, so we will give her the chance here.  #5 Consumer Credit lost all chance when buried in traffic through the stretch in her debut, and she ran a much better race than Neilinger in off-the-turf mile last time.  #9 Greywalls drops out of pace-setting try in the Miss Grillo, and she also had some traffic trouble in that September 5th race that produced Consumer Credit.
 
Selections:  1-5-9-3
 

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Race 3:  Solid field assembled for Grade 3 Bold Ruler, led by #6 River Rocks, who is exiting a gutsy front-running try in the Grade 2 Kelso.  Cuts back a bit from a good post as the horse to beat, but this is no easy spot.  Interested to see if #2 Romansh can show up with one of his good ones here on the turn-back.  He is clearly capable, but he has been unreliable from day one.  #1 Confrontation was against the track when fading back to last in the Grade 1 Forego, but he has been in good form and deserves another chance in a race like this.  We also think #4 Salutos Amigos deserves another chance after failing to find enough in the stretch of the Grade 1 Vosburgh.
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He has turned things around in a big way since joining the Jacobson barn, and he ran every bit as well as River Rocks when they met up at Saratoga on August 31.
 
Selections:  4-6-2-1
 
Race 4:  We can make excuses for each of the last three starts made by #7 Wake Up and Go (gave up control of the pace to the eventual winner and then couldn't catch him on July 6; was hooked into a fast duel with a heavy favorite and paid the price on July 20; steadied hard and went out the back door early before finishing gamely last time), and we don't mind the slight turn-back to 7 furlongs for him at all.  #9 Luv Dakota Style drops in class fir a dangerous trainer and picks up Castellano.  #5 A Marked Man may be the one to beat as he drops down for the first time, and his lone try over this trip was perhaps the best race he has ever run.  #3 Spa City Treasure couldn't overcome a slow pace going shorter two back at Saratoga, and he was part of a pace that fell apart late last time.  
 
Selections:  7-5-3-9

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Race 5:  $25k claimer over this distance on the inner turf seems destined to come down to trips, with a full field of 12 set to go.  #10 Frogman Mel has been a poor gate horse, and it has cost him more than once in his career already, so drawing toward the outside at this distance on the inner could be problematic, but he switches to Rosario, and he has held his own vs. better horses than this in the past.  One more chance for him.  #7 Chasin Chama is lightly raced (an advantage in a field like this) and has the kind of tactical speed to pull the right trip in here.  #12 Coexist pulled a good trip but was only second-best at this level last time, and he took the worst of the draw out in post 12.  We were impressed with the 2014 return from #11 Giant Jo, who went aggressively from the outside and overpowered maiden claimers.  Was strongly rated to no avail last time, but may benefit from more-aggressive handling.  
 
Selections:  10-7-12-11
 
Race 6:  We've been waiting for #4 Mental Iceberg to break through as a 3yo and will give him one final chance to do so here at a price.  An impressive debut winner over this course as a 2yo, he was badly hampered by a slow pace in his 2014 turf debut, and then ran into the impressive Storm in his next start.  Had enough traffic trouble last time in a $100k Stallion Series race to stick with him.  #2 Macagone didn't break sharply last time and didn't show his customary early speed, but he still raced on gamely through the stretch in what felt like an unlucky loss.  Likely to be the speed of this race, and he's dangerous.  #10 Blue Pigeon is tough to take off 5 straight losses as the favorite, but he closed gamely last time from behind a slow pace.
 
Selections:  4-2-10-12
 
Race 7:  Potentially loaded MSW sprint for 2yos has enough going on to bear watching for down the line, no matter the outcome today.  There are several interesting and well-bred firsters entered, but we will focus on the experienced runners here.  #3 Because I'm Happy was last out of the gate and outrun early behind the impressive Daredevil first time out, but he was running at the end to just miss 2nd and will be tough if improving upon that effort for a dangerous trainer.  #10 Street Jersey was bet strongly and raced on well for 3rd in his debut while earning a solid TFUS Speed Figure of 87.  #8 Mr. Discreet interests us with the surface switch as he has a loaded pedigree for dirt (100 Breeding Rating) and Pletcher gets perfect 100 rating turf-to-dirt. 
 
Selections:  8-3-10-5
 
Race 8:  Pace Projector indicates a fast pace is in play for this tough running of the Chelsea Flower for 2yo fillies on grass, and that may have implications for ML favorite #6 Miss Chatelaine, who is expected to be part of it.  She sat a perfect trip in behind the pace before winning off impressively first time out.  We were impressed with the winning efforts of both #9 Path and #11 Ack Naughty as well, and they can take advantage of the expected pace scenario.  #12 Unbridled Sonya also impressed when winning her turf debut while under her own power throughout, and she is likely to be the best price of the contenders.  
 
Selections:  12-6-11-9
 
Race 9:  #4 Leroy Jr. has big speed and may appreciate getting back to dirt after posting pair of fast figures on the main track last fall, including 101 for blowout frontrunning win.  #12 Giantinthemoonlite impressed in easy win first time out, but went away for 101 days after that and hasn't been as sharp since returning.  Third back now and will be trying to keep up with Leroy Jr. early.  #9 Sun Storm ran very well first time out (92 TFUS Speed Figure) when in close attendance to a pace that collapsed, and he can do better second off the long layoff after contesting the pace while wide last time.
 
Selections:  4-12-9-6
 
Race 10:  Of the experienced runners, we prefer the horses exiting the 6th race from October 9th.  That race was wired by a 3/5 Pletcher favorite, and #13 Hot City Girl had the unenviable task of chasing that horse around the track in what was her career debut.  Can do better with that one behind her, if she gets in.  #8 Miss Matzoball had a much easier trip sitting in behind the lead all the way and was a no-threat 3rd.  #6 Sugar Mags is a first-time starter with plenty of pedigree for turf (she's a half to turf winner John Bailey, and her dam was stakes-placed on the grass).  #3 Aussie Prayer debuts for the underrated David Donk, and his dam was a two-time winner on grass, including a NY Stallion Series race.
 
Selections:  13-6-3-8
 
 
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TimeformUS Analysis for October 24

TimeformUS Analyst Mike Beer

TimeformUS Analysis for the racing at gorgeous Belmont Park on Friday October 24

>Go to the TimeformUS PPs for these races

 
Race 1:  #2 Ballerina Belle has posted a pair of triple-digit TFUS Speed Figures on turf, to go along with four figures in the 90s.  The rest of the field combined has but 2 figures at 90 or above, both of those belonging to the 1-for-29 #3 Rock N Cozy.  Wins have been hard to come by for Ballerina Belle , but she's run well right along this year, including last time, when buried in traffic through the stretch. With the end of turf season on the horizon, she will drop in class.  She's likely to be too much for these horses, but if she stubs her toe, the most likely upsetters appear to be either #6 Dattts Da Boss, who is off the claim by the ever-dangerous Mike Maker, or the lightly raced #9 Verismilitude.  
 
Selections:  2-6-9-1
 
Race 2:  #7 Jazz Player landed in a tough MSW first time out vs. a pair of rivals who sped away from the field en route to posting big TFUS Speed Figures of 105 and 104.  Jazz Player did what he could on the chase, but he couldn't go with those horses, and he settled for a 3rd-place finish that is better than may be suggested by the margin of defeat.  Faces another good field here, but, interestingly, projects to be on the early lead.  #4 Guggenheim gave game chase to the Grade 1 sprinter The Big Beast last time and posted a 93 TFUS Speed Figure in clear runner-up effort.  Not sure why we haven't seen him in the 138 days since then, but a similar performance makes him a player.  #2 Private Label ran well enough in dirt debut as a 2yo, and he was in close attendance to a fast pace that collapsed in his turf return.  He is dangerous and may be an interesting price.
 
Selections:  7-4-2-8
 
Race 3:  #3 More Front looked quick working a furlong in 10.1 while on his wrong lead prior to bringing $400k back in May, and he debuts for one of the best trainers in the game with first-time starters on grass.  His stablemate, #6 Prima Storm, has valuable experience in the form of a solid third place finish here last month.  #2 Flight to Quality may wind up wanting more ground (his unraced dam is a sister to the Grade 1-winning turf router Meteor Storm), but he is a Speightstown debuting for Pletcher.  #11 Amazon King debuts for Chad Brown, who has had an incredible year with first- time starters on grass, but he gets a lackluster Breeding Rating of 66 for turf sprints.
 
Selections:  3-6-2-11
 

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Race 4:  Distance may prove key in this 10-furlong turf route, as none of the nine entered for turf has posted a win beyond 1 1/8 miles.  That win belongs to #1A Sublime, who wired a field in his turf debut last month, but he was loose all the way in there and the runners immediately behind him have not flattered that effort in subsequent starts.  At least #8 Make a Decision has a recent solid race going 1 1/2 miles here, and that effort appears legitimate, as he was in close attendance to a fast pace throughout.  Chad Brown pair of #4 Request and #5 Breakeven Analysis are OK, but nothing more than that, and would not be interesting from a wagering perspective at their ML prices.  
 
Selections:  8-1A-4-5
 
Race 5:  #6 Harlans Six drops in class for her return to dirt and has found a likely spot in a race where 7 of the 10 lining up against her are first-time starters.  Trainer is in the midst of making a name for himself on this circuit.  #8 Zo Zo has been a bust for a top trainer, but she was caught up contesting a fast pace on the drop last time.  Most interesting firsters are on the outside in the form of #10 Runningtheshow, who gets a strong Breeding Rating of 94 for dirt sprints, and #11 Gethot Stayhot (88 Breeding Rating).
 
Selections:  6-8-10-11

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Race 6:  #5 Ziggy the Great gets one final chance with this needed drop in class, and he has actually run better than it looks in his last two starts.  Projects to be up close in a race favoring frontrunners, and his trainer does well with horses dropping from allowance to claiming (90 rating) and taking blinkers off (100 rating).  #9 Kodiak Kody also takes a big drop in class (Race Ratings for three turf races 97, 95, 94, vs. today's 85) for an underrated trainer, and he figures tough in this field if ready off the layoff.  Have always felt that #7 Sunbio was best as a turf sprinter, and he also figures to fit well at this level.
 
Selections:  5-9-7-11
 
Race 7:  #6 Interior Secretary took some money but raced greenly after ducking in badly toward the gap in his debut behind the impressive Pletcher 2yo Ostrolenka.  Figures better for having that experience behind him.  #8 Organic Gemini has a strong Breeding Rating for dirt routes (93), and it's interesting that he has attracted Castellano, who has taken just 5 mounts for Asmussen over the past year, but trainer rating with runners debuting in dirt routes (24) leaves something to be desired.  #7 Navy Blue has a foundation, with 5 races already under his belt, and we like him switching back to dirt, which figures to suit his frontrunning style.  
 
Selections:  6-8-7-1/1A
 
Race 8:  #9 Round has hinted at ability from day one, and he finally puts races together after enduring layoffs after each of his first two starts.  Liked his last effort quite a bit. Forced to swing around widest through the turn after getting bumped back to last at the start.  Recent turn-back for #4 Big Guy Ian has yet to pay dividends, but he was in awfully tough in the Amsterdam, and he was wide against an inside-speed-favoring track last time.  #3 Duval has been in improved form for a top trainer, and he has the kind of running style that could play well in this field.  #5 Dyker Beach is tough to take on top at 2-for-22 with ten 2nds, but he's a better sprinter and likes to be in the mix in the stretch.  #10 Moose Vasko is a true wild card as he returns from a long layoff with no dirt form, but he switches to an excellent trainer and has run some fast races over synthetic in Canada.
 
Selections:  9-4-5-10
 
Race 9:  Racing office tries again with this group of solid turf runners who are out of conditions and who have been rained off at least twice recently.  If they get to run it this time, we will once again go to #8 War Correspondent, who banished a field at Monmouth in his stateside debut as if stakes quality, and did so with a 102 TFUS Speed Figure.  #1A Abtaal arrived here early in the year with strong European form, and he impressed immediately in circling a field en route to a much-the-best score at Gulfstream.  Tried graded stakes company for his next start and took the worst of it when wide throughout in a race with an inside flow.  #9 Great Attack ran up to his best off the Jacobson claim last time to gun down #10 Tetradrachm, but he may need to do even better if the top 2 show up.  
 
Selections:  8-1-9-3
 
Race 10:  #15 Thrown of My Own raced very greenly in Saratoga debut, then showed more speed only to wind up in a pace duel with an impressive winner in off-the-turf return.  We'll take him on top if he gets in.  Otherwise, #6 Chase This Bandit could only chase along the rail in that same off-the-turf race before coming along for second-best at the end, and with a lack of first-time starters from potent debut barns in the field, we'll take him.  #5 Black Tide attracts Castellano for his turf debut, and he will appreciate the turn-back in distance after getting tired going longer last time.
 
Selections:  15-6-5-1
 
 
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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