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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.

 

FORBES’ FIRSTERS FOR THURSDAY, JULY 12

Jon Forbes

RACE 5, TWO-YEAR-OLD FILLIES, SIX FURLONGS, TURF, 2:58 P.M.

 

HIGH N FAR (2yo chestnut filly, Giant’s Causeway—Take the Ribbon, by Chester House) is out of a turf runner who won a minor stakes at Churchill Downs and was second in Belmont’s Grade 1 Garden City as a 3-year-old before going on to win the Grade 3 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile at 4. Take the Ribbon is a half-sister to Bright Magic, who won a pair of stakes for Cal-breds on dirt and was stakes placed against open company on turf, and Hot War, who won a single sprint stakes on dirt vs. Cal-breds. Take the Ribbon has one other foal of racing age, Spun Ribbon, a 3-year-old whose lone win in five starts to date came in a Fair Grounds dirt sprint maiden special weight in February. High N Far was the most expensive of seven weanlings by her sire to sell at auction in 2010.

Owner: Richard Santulli
Trainer: Alan Goldberg
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $280,000 Keeneland November weanling
 

FUNFAIR (2yo dark bay/brown filly, More Than Ready—Fleuron, by Distant View) looks to become the third foal from as many foals of racing age out of her dam to win on turf. Mosquito, a 4-year-old half-brother to Funfair, won a $35,000 NW3L claiming race on June 3 at Belmont, while Arc Above, a 3-year-old half-sister graduated going 1 ¼ miles over Belmont’s inner turf on May 27. Fleuron’s lone win in three starts also came on grass. Her best sibling, half-brother Dynever, raced exclusively on dirt, winning a pair of Grade 3 races and finishing second in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup.

Owner: Catherine Wills
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
 

GIANT CATS EYE (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Giant’s Causeway—Unreal Cat, by Unreal Zeal) is a half-sister to Cat Tour, who won a minor stakes at Calder in September of her 2-year-old season. Their dam, who won two races on dirt and one race on turf in 24 career starts, is a half-sister to four runners with black type. Topping the list is Tour of the Cat, who won 21 of 78 starts, 10 total stakes, and three graded events, including the Grade 2 Richter Scale Handicap. His lone win in 15 turf starts came in a minor stakes at Calder. Cat On Tour, another half-brother to Unreal Cat, won the Grade 3 What a Pleasure as a juvenile. Unreal Cat has a pair of half-siblings who were stakes-placed on turf: Honorable Cat, third in the Grade 3 Eatontown Handicap, and Tombi, second in a listed event in England.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Trainer: Thomas Albertrani
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $125,000 Keeneland November weanling; $300,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling