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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 April 21

Dan Summers


Race 1, 2-year-olds, 4 1/2 furlongs, dirt, 1:20pm
 

FUHRLONG (bay colt, Langfuhr – Successful Romance, by Successful Appeal) is a homebred shipping in from Laurel to make his debut in this $100,000 maiden special weight. He is the fourth foal to race out of the stakes-placed mare Successful Romance, who finished second in the Fashion Stakes as a two year old, going five furlongs on the dirt at Belmont Park, after breaking her maiden at first asking at 4.5 furlongs at Keeneland. Successful Romance is the dam of multiple graded stakes winner Miss Behaviour, who won the first three races of her career, including the G2 Matron Stakes as a two year old at 6 furlongs on the Belmont main track. The only other sibling to run as a juvenile was unplaced in two starts. Sire Langfuhr was named Canada's champion sprinter as a four year old, but did not make any starts at 2 and his progeny only win 10% of their first starts. 

 

Owner: Cal MacWilliam and Neil Teitelbaum
Trainer: Phil Schoenthal
Jockey: Jevian Toledo

 

SILVER MISSION (gray/roan colt, Mission Impazible – Nashinda, by Silver Deputy) is a homebred shipping up from Todd Pletcher's contingent at Palm Beach Downs for this debut outing. He is the fourth foal to race out of the graded stakes-winning mare Nashinda, who was victorious in the G3 George C. Hendrie Handicap at 6.5 furlongs on the dirt at Woodbine, in the addition to winning the My Dear Stakes (5 furlongs, dirt, Woodbine) in her second career start at 2. She retired after five wins in nine starts, earning $438,843. As a broodmare, she has produced three winners, including stakes-placed filly Nashindy, who finished third in the Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf Stakes at one mile, but did not make her first start until she was four. The only sibling to run as a juvenile, Celestial Fire, was winless in five starts at 2. Sire Mission Impazible won his two year old debut at Keeneland and went on to win a pair of graded stakes at Fair Grounds, the G2 Louisiana Derby and G2 New Orleans Handicap. This runner is in his first crop.

 

Owner: Twin Creeks Racing Stables LLC and Sequel Racing
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez

 

 

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 April 20

Dan Summers


Race 1, 2-year-olds, fillies, 4 1/2 furlongs, dirt, 1:20pm

SO FANCY (chestnut filly, Tapit – French Dip, by Speightstown) debuts in the first two year old race of the year on the NYRA circuit. She is the third foal out of the stakes-winning mare French Dip, who took the Hilbys Brite Flight Stakes at Aqueduct as a four year old (1 mile, dirt). She did not start as a juvenile, but did win in her first career start, going five furlongs in February of her three year old campaign. French Dip retired with three wins in 16 starts with earnings of $141,348. The only sibling of So Fancy to start was unplaced in one start as a two year old. Second dam, Mayo on the Side upset Azeri in the 2004 running of the G1 Humana Distaff Handicap (7 furlongs, dirt) on the Kentucky Derby undercard at Churchill Downs. Mayo on the Side also was victorious in the ungraded Doubledogdare Stakes at Keeneland (1 1/16 miles, dirt) and finished her career with more than $642,000 in earnings for Hall of Fame trainer Carl Nafzger. Sire Tapit was perfect in two starts at 2, including winning a Grade 3 and his progeny has won over 18% of their first starts. Bloodstock agent Steve Young went to $500,000 to make So Fancy the sales topper at the Fasig-Tipton July Yearling Sale. 

Owner: Robert V. LaPenta
Trainer: Rudy Rodriguez
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Auction History: $500,000 Fasig-Tipton July Yearling Sale *(SALES TOPPER)*

 

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 April 16

Dan Summers

Race 6, 3-year-olds, 6 furlongs, dirt, 4:05pm

 

UNBRIDLED BULL (bay colt, Unbridled's Song – Shesabullwinkle, by Hesabull), is the seventh foal to hit the track out of the unraced mare, Shesabullwinkle. All six of the starting siblings have been victorious, including graded stakes winner Shes All Eltish, who won the G2 Bonnie Miss Stakes at Gulfstream Park, going 1 1/8 miles on the dirt as a three year old. Shes All Eltish went on to finish second in the G2 Black-Eyed Susan (1 1/8 miles, dirt) and retired with 3 wins in 11 starts for earnings of $273,580. Half-brother Elizabul was a more successful on the grass, as all six of his wins came on the turf, and also finishing third in the G3 Calder Derby (1 1/8 miles, turf) during his three year old campaign. Sire Unbridled's Song wins with 13% of his first time starters. Taylor Made consigned this runner in the 2014 Fasig Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale, where he brought a top bid of $700,000.

 

Owner: Stonestreet Stables LLC, George Bolton and Peter Leidel
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Gabriel Saez

Auction History: $700,000 Fasig Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale

 

 

MARKET SENTIMENT (chestnut colt, Midshipman – Impassion, by Shadeed), is the twelfth foal out of the stakes-placed mare, Impassion, who finished third in a trio of stakes races as a two year old, including the Colleen Stakes at Monmouth (5.5 furlongs, dirt). Of the eight siblings to start, seven have won, including a pair of stakes winners, Arianna's Passion and Warbling. Arianna's Passion took the Primonetta Stakes at Pimlico going 6 furlongs on the dirt. She retired after 7 wins in 17 starts for earnings of $204,110. Warbling, who only finished out of the money once in her 9 race career, won the G2 Inside Information Stakes, going 7 furlongs on the main track at Gulfstream. She went on to a pair of runner-up performances in the G1 Princess Rooney Handicap at Calder (6 furlongs, dirt) and the G1 Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga (7 furlongs, dirt). Warbling retired with $352,293 in earnings. Sire Midshipmen was a Champion two year old, taking the G1 Del Mar Futurity and G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Market Sentiment worked a quick 10.0 seconds at the OBS April 2YO sale, where Klaravich Stables signed the ticket for $130,000.

Owner: Klaravich Stables, Inc. and William H. Lawrence
Trainer: Richard Violette, Jr.
Jockey: Aaron Gryder

Auction History: $130,000 OBS April 2YO in Training Sale (1/8th in 10.0 Breeze Video)

$75,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale

 

 

 

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 April 15

Dan Summers

Race 4, 3-year-olds and upward, 1 1/16 mile, turf, 2:59pm
 

VERY EASY (dark bay/brown colt, Scat Daddy – Steamy, by Speightstown), is the second foal out of the unraced Speightstown mare, Steamy. The first and only foal to run out of this dam, Vision Perfect, is a multiple stakes winer, taking the Awad Stakes as a two year old, going a mile on the Belmont turf course, and the Woodhaven Stakes going 1 1/16 miles on this Aqueduct turf as a three year old. All ten of his starts have been on the grass for the same owner/trainer combination as this runner, with earnings of over $320,000. Sire Scat Daddy won the G1 Florida Derby and G1 Champagne Stakes, but never tired the turf during his nine race career. His foals have won 15.1% of their turf starts overall. But only 13.1% in their first try on the grass. The second dam, Ruff, produced Mr Gruff, who won back to back runnings of the G3 San Simeon Handicap, on Santa Anita's downhill turf course at about 6.5 furlongs.

Owner: Robert Spiegel
Trainer: David Donk
Jockey: Manuel Franco

 

WAR BOND (bay colt, War Front – Meridiana (GER), by Lomitas (GB)), is the eighth foal out the German group one-winning mare, Meridiana, who was victorious in the 1 3/8th mile G1 Oaks D'Italia on the turf at Milan in Italy as a three-year-old. After the victory, Meridiana was shipped to America where she ended up winning the G2 Orchid Handicap at 1 ½ mile on the Gulfstream turf and the G3 Bewitch Stakes at the same distance on the turf course at Keeneland. All of her six previous foals to hit the track have won, led by multiple stakes winner Chamois, who took the 1 1/16th mile Stanton Stakes on the turf at Delaware and the 1 1/16th mile Duluth Stakes on the same Aqueduct turf course that War Bond is debuts on today. Meridiana has also foaled two graded stakes-placed runners, Center Divider and Pine Needles. Center Divider finished second in the G2 Bowling Green Handicap and the G1 Man o'War Stakes, both going 1 3/8th mile on the turf at Belmont. Pine Needles finished third in Monmouth's Boiling Springs Stakes as a three-year-old, going 1 1/8th mile on the turf. War Bond makes his first start today for his breeders, Jon and Sarah Kelly, and if his pedigree is any indication, should take a liking to the turf.

Owner: Jon and Sarah Kelly
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Kendrick Carmouche 

 

Notes: MOJO RISING was a $435,000 yearling purchase who is making his long awaited debut as a four-year-old for John Kimmel. He is a half brother to multiple G1 winning filly Hollywood Story, but her siblings are a combined 0-13 on turf in the United States.

 

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