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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 Sunday, July 19, 2015

Susie Raisher

Big Apple Babies for Sunday, July 19, 2015
Race 5, 2-year-olds, 6 furlongs, turf, 3:24pm

UNBRIDLED DADDY (dk. bay/brown colt, Scat Daddy – Unbridled Essence, by Essence of Dubai), is the first foal from his graded stakes winning dam. Unbridled Essence debuted with a runner-up effort in the Meadowlands in the fall of her juvenile season but did not break her maiden until the following summer. Her biggest career victory came as a four-year-old in Monmouth Park’s G3 Matchmaker going 1 1/8 on the turf. She topped $320,000 in earnings and was graded stakes placed on one additional occasion. This is also the family of Big Booster, winner of the G2 San Juan Capistrano and over $800,000.
Owner: Red Oak Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $325,000 Keeneland September yearling

PROVE (bay colt, Leroisdesanimaux – Sweet Theresa, by Strike Smartly), is the second foal from his dam. The first, full brother Animal Kracker, has one career victory in six starts, a maiden score via DQ on the grass at Keeneland this spring. Sweet Theresa was a G3 winner in her native South Africa, where she was also third in the G1 South African Fillies’ Classic. Two of Sweet Theresa’s half-siblings have also found group success in South Africa, led by the MGSW Starlit (Jet Master).
Owner: Team Valor International & Albert Frassetto
Trainer: H. Graham Motion
Jockey: Alex Cintron

PROFESSOR ZOOM (bay colt, City Zip – Arch Nemesis, by Arch), will be the third foal to race from his dam. Both prior offspring have won, though neither at two. Stakes-placed Arch Nemesis found her success on the lawn, including a course record performance going 1 1/8 at Monmouth Park. Second dam Nadja was a G1 winner and champion grass mare in Peru.
Owner: Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables, & Michael Imperio
Trainer: Rudy Rodriguez
Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez
Sales History: $50,000 Keeneland September yearling; $160,000 OBS April two-year-old in training (1/8 in 10.0: video)

(AE) AZAR (dk.bay/brown colt, Scat Daddy – Miss Ocean City, by Mineshaft), will be the second foal to race from his dam, the first of which has yet to win in three starts. Miss Ocean City herself was a debut winner at two on the dirt at Saratoga for Nick Zito. Two half-brothers were stakes winners, the flashy Admiral Alex (Afleet Alex) and two-time G3 winner Woodlander (Forestry). The latter of the pair earned over $330,000 and found all of his success on the turf. Further back in the family one also finds the outstanding G1 winner Twilight Agenda.
Owner: Alto Racing
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales History: $300,000 Keeneland September yearling

(MTO) Realm (dk.bay/brown colt, Haynesfield – Shawnee Country, by Chief’s Crown), is the son of a multiple graded stakes winner of over $430.000. Shawnee Country, a Belmont June debut winner as a two-year-old for Wayne Lukas, went on to take the G3 Tempted that fall and a pair of G3’s at the Fair Grounds early in her 3-year-old campaign, the Davona Dale and Fair Grounds Oaks. Eight prior foals have raced, half have won, and two have earned black-type. The leader among them, North Freeeway (Jump Start) topped $270,000 in earnings and took Delaware Park’s Winter Melody Stakes. The stakes duo (the other, Shenandoah Lady, is by Purim) also mark her only juvenile winners.
Owner: Eric Dattner, Barclay Tagg, & Harry Astarita
Trainer: Barclay Tagg
Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez
Sales History: $36,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling; $75,000 Fasig-Tipton September yearling

NotesMedici’s dam is a half-sister to Minley, multiple Group-placed in Germany, including at two. The second dam of Hammers Vision was a stakes winner on the dirt at Bay Meadows. Unraced Oblige, the dam of Hunter O’Riley, is out of a multiple stakes placed mare who’s produced three stakes horses, led by $350,000-earner Gangbuster (Langfuhr). Call the Lord is out of a half-sister to London Bridge (Arch) who won the G2 Breeders’ Cup Marathon.

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 Thursday, July 16, 2015

Susie Raisher

Big Apple Babies for Thursday, July 16, 2015
Race 2, 2-year-old fillies, 6 furlongs, turf, 1:51pm

Notes:  The dam of Warriors Diva is a half-sister Malibu Way (First Samurai), winner of Monmouth Park’s Lamplighter. The juvenile stakes-placed second dam of Fly Girl produced a pair of stakes horses, including the multiple MD-bred stakes winner Raghib (Phone Trick). Seaside Schiller is the first foal from her dam, who was stakes placed on two occasions. Stakes winner Mayhaw, whose first foal is Crazy Cat Woman, is a half-sister to two stakes winners in Hanover Street (Carnivalay) and Dr Margaret (Dr. Blum). Betitallwithpaul’s dam, Malaysia, was stakes placed and produced Balmat (Kitten’s Joy), stakes placed in France.

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 Saturday, July 4, 2015

Susie Raisher

Big Apple Babies for Saturday, July 4, 2015
Race 1, 2-year-olds, 5 furlongs, dirt, 12:30pm

READY DANCER (dk. bay/brown colt, More Than Ready – Sweettrickydancer, by Green Dancer), among the top five priciest yearlings by successful More Than Ready last year, will be the fourth foal to race from his stakes winning dam. Sweettrickydancer took the Hollywood Wildcat in her final start as a two-year-old before following it up with a win in the Tropical Park Oaks next out. Of her three prior foals to race she has produced one winner, Middie (Officer), who did not win at two but went on to take the G3 Washington Park at four and finish third in the G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at five. Those performances came on all-weather and turf respectively.
Owner: Let’s Go Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $325,000 Keeneland September yearling
 

Notes:  The dam of Abbot is a half-sister to stakes horses. The better of the duo, Dixie City, earned over $230,000 an took the G2 Demoiselle as a two-year-old.

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 Thursday, July 2, 2015

Susie Raisher

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

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