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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.



Jon Forbes



JANE OF ALL TRADES (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Rock Hard Ten—Bag Lady Jane, by Devil’s Bag) is a half-sister to Mamma Kimbo, who won this year’s Grade 2 Fantasy in her second start. Their dam won a restricted stakes at Woodbine as a juvenile before adding a second stakes score and a placing in the Grade 2 Monmouth Oaks as a sophomore. In total, Bag Lady Jane, a daughter of Canadian Champion Two-Year-Old Filly and Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Deputy Jane West, has four winners from five foals to race. Jane of All Trades brought the third highest price of 45 yearlings by her sire to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: Namcock Stables
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $160,000 Keeneland September yearling

CHARMING BECKY (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Dixie Union—Marvelous Me, Capote) is the second foal out her dam, who was winless in four starts, to race. Marvelous Me is a half-sister to Mandy’s Gold, who won the 2002 Grade 1 Ruffian Handicap and five other stakes, and Matula, who won a listed stakes and placed in a Group 3 in Germany.

Owner:  Joseph Bucci
Trainer: Eddie Kenneally
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Sales history: $50,000 Keeneland September yearling; $160,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

BILLBOARD BABE (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Johannesburg—Downtown Blues, by Seattle Song) is a half-sister to Night Patrol, who primarily raced on turf and won the Grade 2 Oak Tree Mile and was second in the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham; and Harbor Blues, who took a listed stakes at Turf Paradise and was second in the Grade 2 Fantasy. Harbor Blues is the dam of Lady Lumberjack, who placed in three graded races in Southern California. Billboard Babe was the second most expensive of 47 yearlings by Johannesburg to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: Reeves Thoroughbred Racing
Trainer: Kathy Ritvo
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling

GIRLUPHIGH (2yo gray/roan filly, Unbridled’s Song—Dancing Shoes, by Danehill) is a half-sister to Striking Dancer, who captured the Grade 2 La Cañada when Santa Anita had an artificial surface and who placed in a pair of graded stakes on dirt. Girluphigh’s second dam, Emmaline, won an overnight stakes at Arlington and was a half-sister to Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap winner Bates Motel. As a broodmare, Emmaline produced Zarani Sidi Anna, who placed in Group 1/Grade 1 races in England and the United States.

Owner: Robert E. Masterson
Trainer: Alan Goldberg
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling