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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 27, 2014

Susie Raisher

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, June 27, 2014

Race 3, 2-year-old fillies, five furlongs, 4:02 p.m.

SUNDAY SONNET (dark bay/brown filly, Any Given Saturday—Red Piano, by Red Ransom) is a half-sister to Pianist, a multiple graded stakes winner.  Pianist’s success has come on turf, with victories including the Grade 3 Gallorette and the Grade 3 Athenia.

Owner: George and Lori Hall

Trainer: Kelly J. Breen

Jockey: Jose L. Ortiz

Sales history: $115,000 Keeneland September yearling


HIGH DOLLAR WOMAN (chestnut filly, Super Saver—Melissa Jo, by Fusaichi Pegasus) is the second foal from her multiple graded stakes placed dam. The first, Joedini, was a stakes-placed winner at two. High Dollar Woman worked a quarter mile in 21.00 at OBS.

Owner: Alex Lieblong, JoAnn Lieblong

Trainer: Anthony W. Dutrow

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $675,000 OBC March Select two-year-old in training


ANGELA RENEE (bay filly, Bernardini – Pilfer, by Deputy Minister) is a full sister to multiple Grade 1 winner To Honor and Serve. To Honor and Serve was a multiple graded stakes winner as a two-year-old who would go on to victories in the Cigar Mile Handicap and Woodward Stakes. Pilfer, a stakes winner, is also the dam of graded stakes placed Elnaawi.

Owner: Siena Farm LLC

Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher

Jockey: John R. Velazquez