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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 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. Precious 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

 

TimeformUS Analysis for October 22

TimeformUS Analyst Mike Beer

TimeformUS Analysis for the racing at gorgeous Belmont Park on Wednesday October 22

>Go to the TimeformUS PPs for these races

Race 1:  #7 Time for Harlan and #4 Quarla both ran well when 2nd and 3rd at this level here back in June, and they have been in some tougher situations since then.  Time for Harlan has more positional speed and has faced tougher in her other two turf races, including the last one, which came in a race that featured a solid early pace that was collapsing late.  #1 Wavell Avenue drops in class for the first time and stretches out in distance for a hot trainer.  Raced a bit greenly in turf debut upstate, and projects to the early leader in this spot.
 
Selections:  1-7-4-2
 
Race 2:  #1 Outer Orbit has shown improved form on grass and gets the right drop back down in class after chasing a fast pace and tiring in a race that was dominated by closers.  Projects to be more comfortable on the early lead in this spot.  #6 Chow Fun was empty when last seen, without apparent excuse, and returns for half the price after a short break.  She's the horse to beat if she can bounce back.  #8 Bartiromo has tailed off since leaving Chad Brown's barn back in June, and drops again after failing to impact for $50k last time.  Like Chow Fun, her best race makes her tough, but she's one we'll be against if the ML price holds up.
 
Selections:  1-6-8-9
 
Race 3:  #3 Keen's Cupla is one of the slower dirt runners in the race to this point on our figures, but we think he may be quite a bit better than he's been able to show.  Tough trip chasing wide throughout the running back on July 21st, and he had little chance when steadied out to the back of the field and then racing 4-to-5 wide on an inside-favoring track at Saratoga last time.  #5 Greg's Fourwheeler made a promising debut before trying to stretch out for his second start.  Like that he was given some time after his last race, and he is eligible to be an improved horse at a price.  #1 Ziggy Moondust flashed big speed in his main track debut last time, and #6 Man of Mystery came through with a good try, and earned the top TFUS Speed Figure in the field, in his debut last month. 
 
Selections:  3-5-1-6
 

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Race 4:  #7 Clean Eleven made a promising debut for Chad Brown way back in May of 2013, and she may be set for better making her second start back from an extended layoff.  #6 Wraith has improved since being turned back to sprint recently, running well while second best in three straight starts.  Think she's the horse to beat, but she needs to come through with a win soon.  #1 Prize Taker may not be in a perfect position, upon her return from a layoff, as far as the projected pace is concerned, but she has run well enough several times in the past and is a square price on the ML.
 
Selections:  7-6-1-3
 
Race 5:  #2 Lunar Tales drops back down in class after having his start off the re-claim washed off the main track.  Suffered an unlucky loss at this level two back after missing the break and being forced into a long wide run.  #6 Bajan Summer faced a tougher overall group for the level last time (94 Race Rating, as compared to today's 88), and he was late to come clear in the stretch before finishing up gamely in there.  #8 Greeley Pack caught traffic at a crucial point when last at this level back in August.  He can compete with these horses with his best race, and he'll be a price.  #4 Saltine Warrior has been best sprinting on grass and figures tough with this class drop. 
 
Selections:  2-6-8-4

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Race 6:  #6 Jesses Giant Dunk has been at his best vs. cheaper horses to this point, but he fits well in this field and projects to have some pace in front of him for a hot trainer.  #4 Wildniteattheopera has to stretch out for the first time, and do so directly off a maiden win, but he has run well in both starts to date and holds all of the upside in this field.  #1 The Spotted Wonder has been in career-best form recently, and he spent plenty of time racing along the tiring inside paths here on October 4th.  #8 One More Chief may not want to take on the added distance he gets today, but he fits well in this field and has a nice outside post. 
 
Selections:  6-4-1-8
 
Race 7:  #3 Sky Painter has improved her TFUS Speed Figures in every start so far (77-87-90-92-93) and may be set for her best in her third start as a 3yo after being stymied in traffic last time.  #1 Seda Francesa was also in that September 20th race here, and she never did come clear of the traffic in the stretch, and never had a chance to run.  #2 Love and Marriage has flashed plenty of potential in her first two career starts, and her win last time may be even better than it looks, with Trakus posting a much faster final time than the official clocking (1:41.18 vs. 1:43.12).
 
Selections:  3-1-2-11
 
Race 8:  #3 Writingonthewall has maintained good form all summer for top connections, and he has a versatile running style, which allows him to adapt to any pace scenario.  #1 Cuantos didn't draw well on the inside, but he takes the next logical step after posting an impressive N1x win here last month, and he has plenty of upside.  #4 The Rhythmisright has dangerous speed and is a threat to take this field all the way if he can grab early control.  
 
Selections:  3-1-4-5
 
Race 9:  #9 Queen to Be takes a big class drop for Pletcher after a pair of solid closing efforts out of town, and there is enough speed signed on in this race to set things up for her.  #7 Sheriffa has disappointed overall, but she was a convincing winner on the drop last time, and her new trainer has done some excellent work off the claim (80 rating).  #2 Manhattan Gin drops with speed, always a dangerous combination, and she has the top Spotlight Figure in the field (85).  
 
Selections:  9-7-2-5

 

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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

 

TimeformUS Analysis for October 19

TimeformUS Analyst Mike Beer

TimeformUS Analysis for the racing at gorgeous Belmont Park on Sunday October 19

>Go to the TimeformUS PPs for these races

 
Race 1:  #2 N. F.'s Destiny was in a four-wide trip all the way and wound up second-best to the now 12-time winner Italian Rules last time.  Back quickly for second start off the Jacobson claim, and he's tough on this class drop (Jacobson gets a perfect 100 rating with claimers down by 50% or more in price).  #4 Socialsaul is a wild card in this race, with solid back races to get to but some sketchy recent form.  Now a stablemate of N. F.'s Destiny for Jacobson, who also gets a perfect rating first off the claim.  Hard to take it as a positive that the 9yo #6 Awakino Cat plummets in for $10k while switching to dirt off of an eased running line, but with turf season coming to an end, he's likely an acceptable loss for these connections, should anyone be interested.  #3 Ten Items Or Less went to Finger Lakes to get back on the beam, and he attracts Castellano for his NYRA return.  Has enough speed to make things tough on N. F.'s Destiny in the early going. 
 
Selections:  2-4-6-3
 
Race 2:  #8 Double Whammy goes first off the claim for Jacobson (100 rating) and faces an easier field for the level after running into traffic trouble on the drop at Saratoga.  #4 Collinito cut out a fast pace and stayed gamely despite drifting out through the stretch and ultimately being DQ'd when last seen back in February.  Will have to be ready off the long break, but returning horses from this kind of layoff is one of the things this trainer does pretty well (76 rating), and if Collinito has improved during his time off, he's going to be very tough.  #7 Bold Runner has the kind of speed that makes him dangerous every time he lines up in the gate.  Has had his share of chances at this level already, but he ensures a legitimately run race.  #10 Pisco Bliss is no great shakes based on his first two starts, but he is well-connected and lightly raced enough to deserve another chance or two.
 
Selections:  4-7-10-8
 
Race 3:  #5 Lemon and Honey has run some of the best dirt races in this weak field, and she lost all chance when stumbling badly at the break last time.  #6 Kate is a Ten earned new TFUS Speed Figure top on dirt when finishing ahead of Lemon and Honey last time, and will be tough if producing a similar effort in this spot, but we'll make her do it, especially if she's the favorite come post time.  Both #1 Andromeda's Risk and #2 Pitched have to stretch out in distance for this, but they are both lightly raced enough to consider.
 
Selections:  5-6-2-1

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Race 4:  #2 Sleek has been a disappointment on turf, but we wonder if she may have just wanted dirt all along.  She has a strong Breeding Rating of 91 for dirt (as opposed to just a 74 for turf), and she had plenty of trouble in her lone start on the main track, which came in her debut.  #4 Saharan Serenade lost position when steadied on the backstretch two starts back, and she had a similar trip last time when held up in the early going to wind up at the back of the field.  Has to stretch out, but switches to an aggressive rider and may show more speed this time.  Like Sleek, #3 Manner of Speaking has been routed to turf, but she has a pedigree more slanted toward dirt (87 Breeding Rating, she is a half-sister to Ava K., a multiple stakes winner on the main track) and may show more with the surface switch.
 
Selections: 2-4-3-8
 
Race 5:  Potentially loaded MSW for 2yo fillies on turf features several well-bred and well-connected first-time starters.  It has proven to be expensive to stand against Chad Brown first-time starters in these races all year, and he has two in here, including #2 Lucky Song, a $195k purchase whose dam was a Grade 3 winner on turf.  #6 Strict Compliance brought $100k, and her dam is a sister to turf stakes winner Unitarian.  #10 Lox is very well-bred for turf (dam is a sister to turf stakes winners Keertana, Snowtop Mountain and Diversy Harbor), but debuting horses in turf routes is not one of Pletcher's specialties (89 rating).  We liked the debut from #7 All in Fun quite a bit as she tried to slingshot around the field over a sprint distance and continued on well to the end.  Has to stretch out, but has valuable experience.  
 
Selections:  2-7-10-6

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Race 6:  #5 Partly Mocha gets the proper turn-back after trying a longer race last time, and he lands in a race with plenty of speed types signed on to set up his late run.  Closed gamely in a race that was holding together up front two back.  #2 Ziptronic is the horse to beat in current form, as he has taken three straight while either setting or stalking the pace.  #3 Thomas Hill and #11 Isn'tlovejustgrand are both capable with one of their best races.  We've been chasing them for a while now and won't have many more chances to get out, with turf racing coming to a close soon. 
 
Selections:  5-2-11-3
 
Race 7:  Another potentially loaded baby race, this one on the main track at 6 furlongs.  We were disappointed in the races of the coupled Jimmy Jerkens pair of #1 Etiquette (rode a gold rail to a no-factor 2nd in debut) and #1A Treasure (was flat last time in a race we didn't think she could possibly lose).  They both remain eligible to improve but figure to make a short-priced entry, so we'll look elsewhere.  #7 Eloquent Tribute was rated back in no hurry first time out, while winner Paris Bikini strolled along through slow fractions.  Thought she finished gamely to just miss catching Treasure in that spot, and prefer her to that rival today.  #9 Overprepared debuts for Pletcher and is clearly dangerous, as is #12 Zealous Wildcat, a half to three stakes-winning dirt sprinters for a hot trainer.  
 
Selections:  12-7-9-1/1A
 
Race 8:  In yet another wide-open race, we will take a shot with the lone 3yo in the field, #3 Cabo Cat.  He needs some pace to close into but may get enough of that in this big field, and he is suited by the turn-back to a mile after trying longer in last 2 starts.  #5 Inchcape ran a winning race last time while up close in a race that fell to closers late.  Has a versatile running style and figures to be a square price once again.  #7 Middleburg had legit traffic trouble last time, but he is becoming the type who will always find an excuse, which makes him tough to take on top at any kind of short price.  Thought #10 Helm had an excuse last time when defeated as the favorite, and he may offer much more value in this spot.
 
Selections:  3-5-7-10
 
Race 9:  #1 Slumber has not developed into the top-flight graded stakes turf horse we once thought he may be, but he has been tough on horses like this since arriving stateside, and one thing he has proven capable of is firing fresh.  Not sure where he goes from here, but he is supposed to be tough in this spot.  #7 Sky Blazer is the main backup as he drops out of graded stakes company.  Doesn't win very often, but he runs every time and has a top race that ensures Slumber will have to be close to ready.  #8 St. Albans Boy may be catching Slumber at the right time, and he has stretched it out effectively for a new trainer who is off to a very good start.
 
Selections:  1-7-8-2
 
Race 10:  Pace Projector indicates a fast pace is on tap for the finale, and we'll hope that helps #6 G Note get back to one of her good races.  She has been very inconsistent but has run well enough on turf to be tough in this field and will appreciate having some pace to close into.  #3 Keen Katana has improved from start to start on grass (TFUS Speed Figures of 71-76-83 in her three starts).  Projects for a perfect trip tracking in behind the speed. #9 La Reverie had the pedigree to improve with the switch to grass and did so here last month, but she also had a perfect trip into a fast pace, and she faces better horses here.
 
Selections:  6-3-9-7 

 

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