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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 May 19

Dan Summers


Race 1, 2-year-olds, 5 furlongs, dirt, 1:30pm
 

READ MY LIPS (bay colt, Bernardini – Stomping, by Dixieland Band), is the eighth foal, sixth to race, out of the winning mare Stomping. Stomping was unraced as a two-year-old, but finished her career with two turf wins and earnings of $83,311. Her six previous foals to race have been a combined 1-11 in their two-year-old years. She is the dam of graded-stakes winner Cyber Secret, who won the G3 Razorback Handicap and the G2 Oaklawn Handicap, both at 4. She also produced multiple stakes placed $224,896 earner Dontbetwithbruno, who has won all four of his races going long on the dirt. Sire Bernardini was unraced as a juvenile, but did go on to win three Grade 1 races on his way to being named Champion 3-year-old Colt in 2006. His progeny has won 11% of their first starts.


Owner: SJB Stable, Micozzi, Marcello and Kuehne Racing
Trainer: Michael Mareina
Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales History: $85,000 Keeneland November weanling; $130,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

TERMINAL SPEED (bay colt, Harlan's Holiday – Country Diva, by Songandaprayer) is fourth foal to race out of the stakes-winning mare Country Diva. Country Diva won the American Beauty Stakes (Oaklawn), New Year's Eve Stakes (Mountaineer), and the WV Secretary of State Stakes (Mountaineer), all at six furlongs on the dirt and retired with 10 wins in 27 starts for earnings of $328,409. All three of her previous foals to race have won, led by $40,796 earner Rhinestone Diva, but none of them were victorious at 2. Country Diva herself has one win in four attempts as a two-year-old, breaking her maiden at Turfway Park in her fourth start of her career. Sire Harlan's Holidaywon five races as a two-year-old, including the G3 Iroquois Stakes (1 mile, dirt). He went on to win the G1 Florida Derby at 3 and the G1 Donn Handicap at 4. His progeny only win 12% of their first starts, and with an average win distance of 7.5 furlongs, they generally prefer a longer route of ground.

Owner: SJB Stable, Micozzi, Marcello and Kuehne Racing
Trainer: Michael Mareina
Jockey: Manuel Franco

Sales History: $92,000 Keeneland November weanling; $110,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling

 

HONOR RIVER(bay colt, To Honor and Serve – Peace River Lady, by Woodman) is the eighth foal to race out of the stakes-placed Woodman mare, Peace River Lady, who finished second in the G3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs, going 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Though unplaced in all six starts on the dirt, she won three of eleven starts on the grass. In addition to Peace River Lady, second dam Bangkok produced stakes winners Eastern Dude (turf router), Scenic Point (dirt router), and River Squall (turf router). From the first crop of To Honor and Serve, Honor River is a half to graded-stakes-winner Heavenly Landing, who took the G3 Marshua's River Stakes (1 1/16 miles, turf) as part of a career that lasted five years with earnings of $313,115. He is also a half to stakes-placed turf router Run of the River (2-12, $80,435). To Honor and Serve won three of four starts as a two-year-old, including the G2 Nashua Stakes and G2 Remsen Stakes, both on the Aqueduct main track. His only starter to date won his debut at Turf Paradise in April. Honor River has been training in Keeneland for trainer Mark Casse.

Owner: John C. Oxley
Trainer: Mark Casse
Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales History: $150,000 Keeneland November weanling; $195,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

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 May 18

Dan Summers


Race 2, 2-year-olds, fillies, 5 furlongs, dirt, 2:01pm

 

MACCORLEOT (bay filly, Uncle Mo – Corlett, by Outofthebox) is the second foal to race out of the stakes winning mare Corlett, who broke her maiden in her second start as a two-year-old at Churchill Downs. Later in her 2YO campaign, Corlett went on to win the Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies Stakes at 6 furlongs on the dirt, in what became her last career start. Her only previous foal to race, Capriani, was winless in seven tries, including four starts as a two-year-old. Sire Uncle Mo was undefeated as a juvenile, including taking the G1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont and the G1 Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. His progeny have won 21% of their debut races, with an average winning distance of 7.0 furlongs. After being sold as a yearling for $55,000, China Horse Club went to $310,000 at the OBS March 2YO in Training Sale. This one ships in from Keeneland to debut for two-year-old specialist Wesley Ward.

Owner: China Horse Club
Trainer: Wesley Ward
Jockey: John Velazquez

Auction History: $310,000 OBS March Two-Year-Olds in Training; $55,000 Keeneland September Yearling



ASSCHER (dark bay/brown filly, Harlan’s Holiday – African Jade, by Seeking the Gold) is the second foal to race out of the Seeking the Gold mare, African Jade, who was winless in two career starts in France. African Jade’s only previous foal to race is graded-stakes winner Lord Nelson, by Pulpit. Lord Nelson won two races as a two-year-old, including the Speakeasy Stakes, going six furlong on the dirt at Santa Anita. He won the G2 San Vincente Stakes, at seven furlongs on the dirt. Sire Harlan’s Holiday won five races as a two-year-old, including the G3 Iroquois Stakes (1 mile, dirt). He went on to win the G1 Florida Derby at 3 and the G1 Donn Handicap at 4. His progeny have won 14% of their debut races, with an average winning distance of 7.0 furlongs. Starlight bought Asscher for $300,000 from the Cleasky Farms consignment at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Owner: Starladies Racing
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano

Auction History: $300,000 Keeneland September Yearling

 

GRAND BANKS (bay filly, Paddy O’Prado – Far and Away, by Strong Hope) is the second foal to race out of the Far and Away mare, Far and Away, who was winless in her only career start. Far and Away’s  only previous foal to race is Alexa’s Spirit, whose sole win in 9 career starts came on the Turf as a three-year-old. Second dam, Lady Liberty also produced Kentucky Derby winner Orb, who retired with 5 wins in 12 starts, earning $2,612,516, and $105,834 earner Cause of Freedom, who won all three of his races on the turf. Sire Paddy O’Prado was winless at 2, though did finish third in the G3 With Anticipation Stakes on the turf at Saratoga as a juvenile. He went on to be a multiple graded stakes winner on the turf. Harlan’s Holiday won five races as a two-year-old, including the G3 Iroquois Stakes (1 mile, dirt). He went on to win the G1 Florida Derby at 3 and the G1 Donn Handicap at 4. His progeny only win 12% of their first starts, and with an average win distance of 7.5 furlongs, they generally prefer a longer route of ground.

Owner: Thomas Thienel
Trainer: David Donk
Jockey: Jose Lezcano

 

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 May 11

Dan Summers


Race 1, 2-year-olds, NY-Bred, 5 furlongs, dirt, 1:30pm
 

THREE TO THIRTEEN (dark bay/brown colt, Frost Giant – American Border, by Boundary) is the fourth foal to race out of the graded stakes winning mare American Border, who broke her maiden in her eighth start as a two-year-old.  American Border went on to win the G3 Violet Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, as a four-year-old. She retired with earnings of $337,440 with 8 of her 10 career wins on the grass. As a two-year-old, she won once in twelve tries. Of American Border’s three previous foals to race, they are a combined 1-27, with the sole winner, Big Gus, taking a 12,500 maiden claimer at Gulfstream. The other two half siblings to Three to Thirteen are both winless, though have performed better on the turf. Sire Frost Giant won the G3 Killavullan Stakes at 7 furlongs on the turf. His progeny have an average winning distance of 6.74 furlongs and have won only 11% of their first starts.

Owner: Mr. Amore Stable
Trainer: Kelly Breen
Jockey: Jose Ortiz

 

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 May 4

Dan Summers

Race 1, 2-year-olds, fillies, 5 furlongs, dirt, 1:30pm
BEAR SHE GOES (bay filly, Bernardini – Bear Now, by Tiznow) is the third foal to race out of the multiple graded stakes winning mare Bear Now. Bear Now broke her maiden in her second start as a two year old, going six furlongs on the Polytrack at Woodbine. She retired with earnings of $1,153,595 after a campaign that included wins in the G2 Fitz Dixon Cotillion Handicap (1 1/16m, dirt, Philadelphia Park) and the G3 Kentucky Cup Distaff at Turfway Park (1 1/16m, all-weather). Her two previous foals to race are both winless, including 0-5 Hyper Nation, a full brother to Bear She Goes. Sire Bernardini did not start as a juvenile, but his offspring has won over 20% of their first starts. The current owners went to $18,000 to get her at the OBS March sale after she breezed an eighth in 10.3.
Owner: Ishak Noiman and Kingsport Farm
Trainer: Assaf Ronen
Jockey: Jacqueline Davis
Auction History: $18,000 OBS March two-year-old in training (1/8th in 10.3 Sales Breeze)
 
SHE'S ALWAYS READY (bay filly, More Than Ready – MissValiant, by Valiant Nature) ships in from Kelly Breen's Monmouth string for her debut in this $100,000 Maiden race. Dam Miss Valiant has had seven winners from nine prior foals to race, including stakes winning sprinter Fearsome ($209,973), stakes placed turf router Valtrus ($249,329), and Soda Pop Kid who earned $427,950 over his 50-race career. Though she has had success overall as a mom, her offspring is a combined 1-27 in their 2yo starts. Miss Valiant was winless in her only attempt as a juvenile and did not break her maiden until her final career start as a four year old. Second dam, Darien Miss, produced Fleet Renee, winner of the G1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland (1 1/16m, dirt) and the G1 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park (1 1/8m, dirt). Darien Miss was also the dam of G2 winner Future Quest and stakes-winner Alzora. Sire More Than Ready won at first asking in April of his two-year-old campaign in route to winning his first five races that year, including a pair of graded stakes. His offspring has won 15.7% of their first starts. Mr. Amore Stables signed the ticket for this one after breezing an eighth in 9.4 at the OBS March sale.
Owner: Mr. Amore Stable
Trainer: Kelly Breen
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Auction History: $145,000 OBS March two-year-old in training (1/8th in 9.4 Sales Breeze)
 
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