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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.

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, September 11, 2014

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, September 11, 2014

Race 6, 2-year-old fillies, one mile, dirt, 3:41 p.m.

CARA MARIE (gray/roan filly, Unbridled’s Song—Miss Kilroy, by A.P. Indy) is a half-sister to Abby’s Angel, who won a listed stakes at Hawthorne and was second in the Grade 3 Gardenia; and Miss Jean Brodie, second in the Group 1 Irish Oaks on the grass. Three of four starters out of their unraced dam have won. Cara Marie’s second dam, Miss Caerleona, was a turf runner who won the Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap and produced Grade 2 Davona Dale winner Miss Coronado and Karen’s Caper, who took a pair of grade 3 grass races and was grade 1/group 1 placed. Cara Marie was the second most expensive of 50 yearlings by Unbridled’s Song to sell at auction in 2013.

Owner: Three Chimneys Farm

Trainer: Anthony Dutrow

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $90,000 Keeneland November weanling; $460,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for Forbes’ Firsters, a first-time starter running in a non-statebred race must meet at least one of the following criteria:

* 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 September 10

TimeformUS Analyst Mike Beer

TimeformUS Analysis for the races at Belmont on Wednesday September 10th

Race 1:  Opener requires a wait for scratches as Jacobson has entered the pair of #1 Italian Rules and #1A Glickman, both with Cornelio Velasquez named, so only one will start.  Both have speed, and with Pace Projector favoring that running style either one will be tough in here.  Of the two we'd prefer Italian Rules, despite the class-drop, as we thought he was back in good form at Saratoga.  The others are all contenders with their best race.  Of those we are most interested in #4 Mulheb, who gets the right turn back in distance and has enough speed to stay close.

Selections:  1-4-2-5
 
 
Race 2:  Tough second race handicaps wide open and may come down to trips.  For purposes of the early multi-race wager's, both #3 Dividend and #6 Are We Not Men will be included.  They exit the same race from August 18 upstate, and both had trouble at different points.  #7 Mambo At the Gym is logical off the class drop, though it's one that he needs. #1 In Speight Ofitall is running out of chances for a low percentage barn, but he's at his best on grass and is a good fit in this field.  New face #2 Lemon Maker makes his turf debut, but he sports a solid Breeding Rating of 84 for turf routes and will be making his first start for a tag.
 
Selections:  1-6-3-7
 
 
Race 3:  #4 La Madrina has run well in all three career starts; she has the pedigree, the connections, and all of the upside in this short field.  Endured a long delay prior to her last race and then closed gamely once coming clear in the stretch.  #2 Evening Show is the main threat to her.  She is making her third start back from a layoff and has the fastest races to get back to.  #5 Nuffsaid Nuffsaid has appeared to tail off in her last three starts, but she's a threat if she can re-find her prior form for her sharp trainer. 
 
Selections:  4-2-5-1
 
 
Race 4:  Field of eight  fillies and mares entered to travel 1 1/16 miles over the Widener turf course, and half of them are exiting the finale from August 15 at Saratoga.  Despite none of them ever having a chance to catch the front-running winner that day, we were not so impressed with this quartet, although we could give the lightly raced #4 Barbara's Smile another chance. #2 Eddy's Time faced a much tougher group for the level last time (Race Rating of 81, as compared to today's 76) and Pace Projector places her on the early lead in this matchup.  
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#7 Casey Roo exits that same highly-rated race, and she also faced tougher in her prior start upstate.  Her trainer has quietly has a very solid year.
 
Selections:  2-7-4-6
 
 
Race 5:  #5 Trail Walker was in over her head off the layoff at Saratoga, but she had run two good ones off the claim prior to that, including a 98 TFUS Speed Figure effort when second to subsequent graded-stakes performer Merry Meadow.  #2 Mama Zee has speed and the rail and is going to be tough in here if holding her good recent form off the claim. Jacobson has another entry here, and both #1 Bobby Jo and #1A Brigetta are in form right now. They're a formidable pair, but we're looking to go against them in here, especially Bobby Jo, who parlayed back-to-back perfect trips into wins at Saratoga.
 
Selections:  5-2-1A-4
 
 
Race 6:  #4 Boldlee raced very greenly throughout debut in a strong-looking field but still managed 3rd at a big price.  Can benefit from that experience and is unlikely to take too much money for low-profile connections. #5 One Eyed Ray exits that same strong race, and he faded readily after briefly contesting the pace. Eligible to turn it around quickly. Most interesting firster is #1 Tiz a Chance, who doesn't have much turf pedigree, but is by a strong debut sire and starts for a top trainer.
 
Selections:  4-5-1-9
 
 
Race 7:  Projected fast pace could be the undoing of #5 Groomedforvictory, but this is the right cut back in distance for him, and he is confidently raised in class off the claim by a sharp trainer (98 rating first off the claim).  He's won each of his last three starts over this trip.  #7 Big Town didn't handle the Saratoga slop and was finished early in effort that was too bad to be true.  Prior form in Kentucky makes him competitive, and he's first off the claim for Rudy (98 rating).  #8 Herbal Prospector has been in form over a long run of races, and he enters here directly off of a convincing win in the slop at this level upstate. 
 
Selections:  5-7-8-4
 
 
Race 8:  #2 Groupthink projects for a controlling position in a race that is expected to favor runners toward the front.  He's been a major disappointment to this point and has proven expensive to follow, but this may simply be the right spot.
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Main threat to him figures to be #3 Here Comes Tommy, who is turning back to a better distance.  Each of his four starts prior to muddy, sealed track effort last time is faster than any race Groupthink has ever run, but he has character flaws of his own at 1-for-21 lifetime.  #4 Broadway Bay has the upside and has run well enough in both career starts to project enough improvement to be a threat in here.
 
Selections:  2-3-4-6
 
 
Race 9:  #8 My Sweet Ellierose was bumped out to the back of the field and then had to go wide while chasing a sharp winner over 4-furlongs in debut.  Trainer is pulling strong ratings with the MSW-to-MCL drop (96) and with second time starters (83).  #7 Captain Munnings was outpaced early and never factored in MSW debut,  Can do better for the experience and likely fits better with the class drop.  Of the firsters, #3 Take Issue shows up with a series of 5-furlong breezes for a top trainer, and #9 Giant Hearted Lee attracts Castellano and goes for a trainer who sent a pair of good-looking two-year-old winners for a tag at Saratoga, and had two more run well enough to hit the board, all of them at good prices.
 
Selections:  8-7-9-3 
 
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TimeformUS Analysis for September 7

TimeformUS Analyst Mike Beer

TimeformUS Analysis for racing at Belmont on Sunday September 6th

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Race 1: #2 Golden Rule is a new face to this group, and her typical dirt race out of town makes her competitive in this spot.  Drops in class for a good trainer, and her lone race in NY to this point resulted in a blowout maiden win.   #6 Allie Sweet is cut back in distance for new trainer who gets an 88 rating off the claim.  Has posted 2 wins and a second in last three races around one turn.  #1 Rettalfa has consistently been hampered by gate issues, and she was slow away once again when second best last time.  Put up a win when away with the field two starts back, but that was a slow race.

Selections:  2-6-1-5
 
Race 2:  #8 Stay in Front returns from long layoff here with a drop in class, but she is unlikely to find a much better spot than this one, and if she can run as well today as she did in her debut last summer, she is going to be very tough to beat.  #4 Lochan drops in for a tag for the first time while cutting back to a sprint, and her new trainer gets a strong 98 rating with turf sprinters and a perfect 100 with runners switching from a route to a sprint.
 
Selections:  8-4-5-6
 
Race 3:  #5 Katie's Garden arrives here looking for four in a row, and her last was her best yet, as she overpowered allowance foes off the layoff with a new top figure of 100.  Drew perfectly on the outside and projects to be in a perfect trip tracking up close in a race that favors runners up close to the pace.
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#1 Tahoe Tigress bombed as the favorite vs. NY-breds at Saratoga, but she was pushing her limits over nine furlongs up there, and she is at her best around one turn on this track.  #4 Toasting is an in-and-outer, but she is capable of a big effort when in the mood, and she also appreciates the elongated one-turn races around here.  
 
Selections:  5-1-4-3
 
Race 4:  Turf sprint carrying a $100k purse is set to go with a short field, and there are plenty of question marks.  #4 Za Approval is the ML favorite, and his best race would be plenty good enough should he run it, but he's appeared to be off form so far this year.  If he bounces back, he wins,  but we can't trust him.  Pace Projector indicates that the frontrunners may have the advantage, but we don't want #6 Joe Tess, and would be surprised if #2 Fredericksburg and/or #1A Strong Impact allowed him to get too comfortable early.  For all of that, we'll hope at least a fair pace develops and take a shot with #7 West Hills Giant.  He handles turf as well as dirt, and he has run very well while against paces that held together in his last two starts on the main track.
 
Selections:  7-4-2-1A
 
Race 5:  #3 Clark Kent is the horse to beat off of his debut, in which he was second best to Embellishing Bob with an 88 TFUS Speed Figure.  We didn't think he did that much running in there and have to wonder where he's been for the last 162 days.  To us the most interesting new face is #7 Lord Cashel.  He starts for a trainer who has been making all the right moves all summer long, and pulls a strong 88 Breeding Rating for dirt sprints.  
 
Selections:  7-3-2-1
 
Race 6:  #7 Eskenformoney was bumped and squeezed back early and then had little chance to kick on with an impressive debut winner when stretched out last time.  Still finished well in there to clearly best the rest, and is the horse to beat in this spot.  
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Main threat may come from one of the first-time starters, and the most likely candidates are #2 Miss Chatelaine and #9 Breach of Duty.  Miss Chatelaine has an 86 Breeding Rating for turf routes, and debuts for Clement (100 Trainer Rating with first-time starters in turf routes).  Breach of Duty has an 81 Breeding Rating for turf routes, and debuts for Chad Brown (100 Trainer Rating with first-time starters in turf routes).  
 
Selections:  7-9-2-8
 
Race 7:  #2 Leroy Jr. returned running from the layoff and dropped a close decision while hanging up a 100 TFUS Speed Figure. A repeat of that one makes him very tough to beat, and Pace Projector indicates that he holds all the cards early.  #9 Sunlover broke his maiden in first turf sprint attempt back at the end of his 2yo season, and he endured a tough trip when returned from the layoff over this track/trip last summer.  Spent the rest of the year going longer, but this may be his best game.  #3 Archer Hill has proven a handful for his riders, but he sprinted effectively over this track during the spring/summer meet and figures to benefit from this cut-back in distance.  
 
Selections:  2-9-3-4
 
Race 8:  #1 Birkenhead appeared to be getting a prep run in during sprint debut upstate as she was rated back under a strong hold early and asked to run a little in the stretch.  Faces field full of first-time starters and may be able to use her experience to her advantage.  #8 Profess has also had a start, and she was out-paced right from the start while sprinting over a sloppy track at Monmouth.  Has the pedigree to handle the surface switch (87 Breeding Rating) and trainer tends to give his 2yos a race.  #3 Fila Primera has the pedigree (91 rating) and debuts for Chad Brown, who was, as usual, very live with first-time starters on turf at Saratoga.  Be interesting to see if he can keep it going down here.
 
Selections:  1-8-3-2
 
Race 9:  #1 Crafty Dreamer ran a strong race when last seen over this track back in July.  He was part of a strong pace that day in a race that ultimately fell to closers and he projects to encounter a different scenario today.  #6 Waco took a lot of money and then ran a remarkable race at Saratoga on August 16.  He earned a 101 TFUS Speed Figure for that effort, and he earned it while contesting a fast pace the entire way before succumbing late to a perfect-trip closer.  Don't know if he can run that race again, but he's the horse to beat if he does.  
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Selections:  1-6-5-2
 
Race 10:  #3 Loon River and #10 Bad Girl Phase are the only runners with experience, and they exit the same race from August 11 upstate.  Loon River came away a narrow loser that day, but we aren't sure we want anyone out of that race, which leaves us to guess with first-time starters.  #2 Courageisamajority and #11 Detail are the well-bred, well-connected, logical, ones, but we'll also include #8 Madison Blues, who is a sister to a pair of turf winners and debuts for a trainer who knows how to win with a firster.
 
Selections:  8-11-2-5
 
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Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, September 7, 2014

Jon Forbes

 

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, September 7, 2014

Race 6, 2-year-old fillies, one mile, turf, 3:41 p.m.

BREACH OF DUTY (bay filly, Broken Vow—Friendship, by Benchmark) is out of an unraced half-sister to Harmonious, who on the turf won the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup and dead-heated for the victory in the Grade 1 American Oaks. Breach of Duty – whose third dam, Jade Flush, won the Grade 2 Rare Perfume and was second in the Grade 1 Spinster – will attempt to become the first winner out of Friendship, who has two previous starters to date.

Owner: Long Lake Stable

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $62,000 Barretts October yearling; $140,000 OBS April 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 seconds, video)

 

Race 8, 2-year-old fillies, one mile, turf, 4:45 p.m.

CLASS WILL TELL (dark bay or brown filly, Bernardini—Conchita, by Cozzene) is out of a mare who won a single turf race in five starts. Conchita is a half-sister to White Moonstone, who as a 2-year-old in England won three group stakes, including the Group 1 Fillies Mile. Conchita has produced two winners from as many starters, including Music Chart, who was third in both the Group 3 U.A.E Oaks and listed UAE 1,000 Guineas over a synthetic surface. Class Will Tell’s second dam, Desert Gold, won a stakes at Arlington Park and was second in the Grade 3 Gardenia Handicap and also produced Albasharah, who was Group 2 placed in England. Her third dam, Desert Stormette, was a full-sister to Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Desert Stormer.

Owner: Sullimar Stable

Trainer: Thomas Bush

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

Sales history: $300,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

GIRLS AND GUNS (dark bay or brown filly, Stephen Got Even—Oro Blanco, by Hold for Gold) is out of a mare who won a minor stakes at Sunland Park and was third in the Grade 1 Oak Leaf on a synthetic surface. Her only other foal of racing age has won a sprint races on the dirt.

Owner: Jeffrey Nielsen

Trainer: Edward Coletti, Jr.

Jockey: John Velazquez

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for Forbes’ Firsters, a first-time starter running in a non-statebred race must meet at least one of the following criteria:

* 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

Forbes’ Firsters is a collaboration between Jon Forbes and Susie Raisher.