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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.


Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, June 21, 2013

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, June 21, 2013

Race 2, 2-year-old Fillies, 5 furlongs, 3:30 p.m.

PALESTRINA (dark bay or brown filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Maiden Tower, by Groom Dancer) is out of a mare who won a pair of group races in France and was second in the Group 1 Poule D’Essai Des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) and later was second in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. She has produced four winners (none on dirt) from five starters, including Picture Hat, who was second in a listed stakes in France. Picture Hat is by El Prado, the sire of Medaglia d’Oro.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.


Race 3, All 2-year-olds, 5 furlongs, 4:00 p.m.


OLIVER ZIP (chestnut colt, City Zip—All of Her Twist, by Forest Wildcat) is the first foal out of his dam, a sprinter who won the Dearly Precious at Monmouth Park. Philharmonic, a half-brother to All of Her Twist, broke his maiden as a 2-year-old in his second start and won nine races, all in sprints.

Owner: George & Lori Hall

Trainer: Kelly Breen

Jockey: Elvis Trujillo


NONE LIKE NOLAN (bay colt, Malibu Moon—Green Lyons, by Green Desert) looks to become the first winner out of his dam, who has one other foal to race. Green Lyons won a listed stakes in France and was third in the Grade 2 Beverly Hills Handicap on the turf. Green Lyons is a full-sister to Tarrip, who placed in a pair of graded stakes on the grass.

Owner: Dogwood Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $87,000 KEENOV weanling; $135,000 KEESEP yearling


SOLEMNLY SWEAR (bay colt, Yes It’s True—Sala de Oro, by Expelled) looks to emulate his half-sister Mr Hall’s Opus, who won a maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies on debut at Belmont Park in May 2012. Their dam has produced two winners from three starters and seven foals, with the other winner being Truth and Justice, a full-sister to Solemnly Swear who raced exclusively as a juvenile, taking her debut race and three listed sprint stakes, topped by the My Trusty Cat at Delta Downs. Sala de Oro herself was a listed stakes winner as a 2-year-old and is a half-sister to stakes winners Hall of Gold and No Turbulence.

Owner: George & Lori Hall

Trainer: Kelly Breen

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.