Thursday, July 02, 2015
Big Apple Babies for Thursday, July 2, 2015
Race 4, 2-year-old fillies, 5 furlongs, dirt, 2:53pm
MODISTE (bay filly, Uncle Mo – Alys, by Dixie Union) is the second foal from her dam, the first of which is a winner. That one, Thru the Ages (Rock Hard Ten), did not run at two and broke her maiden sprinting on the all-weather at Golden Gate in her second start at three. Alys is a full sister to Union Course, who as a juvenile finished second in the G3 Flash here at Belmont prior to a third-place effort in the G2 Saratoga Special. A half-sibling, Star of David (Bernstein) was also multiple graded stakes placed as a juvenile, in Woodbine’s G3 Summer and Churchill’s G3 Iroquois. However, Alys’s most notable sibling is half-brother Graydar (Unbridled’s Song). Although he did not run at two, Graydar was a debut winner who would go on to take the G1 Donn, G2 New Orleans, and G2 Kelso at four.
Owner: D. Deeb, McConnell Racing stable, R. Photos, J. Bonventre, and L. Ficarelle
Trainer: Gary Contessa
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Sales history: $110,000 Keeneland November weanling; $145,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling RNA; $60,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling; $125,000 OBS April two-year-old in training (1/4 in 22 flat: video)
TONASAH (bay filly, Malibu Moon – Quanah Couty, by Valid Expectations) is a half sister to a pair of stakes horses, highlighted by G3 Cicada winner Quantum Miss (Smoke Glacken). After finishing second in her debut, Quantum Miss won her subsequent two juvenile starts, highlighted by the Blue Mountain Stakes at Penn National. Dam Quanah County debuted a winner and was stakes placed three times as a two-year-old in California.
Owner: StarLadies Racing
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $170,000 Keeneland November weanling; $250,000 Keeneland September yearling
FABULOUS DEVOTION (chestnut filly, Tapit – Superior Selection, by Giant’s Causeway) is a homebred for Cowan, whose association with the family goes back generations. Second dam Society Selection was a three-time G1 winner, taking the Frizette at two before pulling off the Test – Alabama double for The Chief at three. Third dam Love That Jazz was also an accomplished juvenile, having won the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies prior to a runner-up effort in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Fabulous Devotion is the second foal, first to race, from Superior Selection, who was a two-time winner. Neither of her victories came at two.
Owner: Irving M. Cowan
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
LOVELY CREDIT (dk. bay/brown filly, Blame – Lovely Rafaela, by A.P. Indy) is a daughter of a winner of the G2 Honeymoon Breeders’ Cup Handicap. Though that victory came on turf, Lovely Rafaela did break her maiden on the dirt. All of Lovely Rafaela’s seven prior foals have run with three winners among them, none at two. Second dam Campagnarde was a G1 winnerin Argentina and Southern California. In addition to Lovely Rafaela, she produced G2 Iselin winner Rize (Theatrical), earner of over $720,000, and three other stakes horses.
Owner: John Velazquez
Trainer: Tom Albertrani
Jockey: Live Oak Plantation
Notes: The dam of Awesome Dame is a half-sister to four stakes winners, of whom the leading earner is Vision in Flight (Montbrook) at nearly $300,000. Hoosier Scout is out of a half-sister to minor two-year-old stakes winner Departing Now (Wheaton). Tensas Wedding Joy, the dam of Big World, is a half-sister to a trio of Louisana-based stakes horses, led by Tensas Yucatan (Ide), a multiple stakes winner of over $430,000
* 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