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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, September 13, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Friday, September 13, 2013

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 1:36 p.m.

HIGH HEEL KITTEN (bay filly, Kitten’s Joy—High Chant, by War Chant) is a full-sister to Csaba, who has won the Grade 3 Fred W. Hooper Handicap and Grade 3 Hal’s Hope on the dirt. Csaba is winless in three turf starts. All three foals out of High Chant to race have won, with one having prevailed on the turf. High Chant won three races herself, two on the dirt and one on the turf.

Owner: Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano


MARIE ANTOINETTE (dark bay or brown filly, Stormy Atlantic—Parisian Affair, by Mr. Greeley) is out of a mare who won a minor stakes at the Meadowlands on the grass. Parisian Affair is a half-sister to Elusive City, who captured France’s Group 1 Prix Morny for 2-year-olds, and has produced Crimson China, who took a minor turf stakes at Monmouth Park.

Owner: Michael Ryan

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $160,000 Keeneland September yearling


TIZ A DYNAFORMER (gray/roan filly, Dynaformer—Lauren’s Tizzy, by Tiznow) is out of a mare who won a stakes at Saratoga for New York-breds. Lauren’s Tizzy, winless in two turf starts, has produced one other horse of racing age, Celebrated Talent, who broke his maiden in a sprint on the dirt in August at Saratoga. Tiz a Dynaformer’s second dam, won a minor stakes going two turns on the turf and a minor stakes in a sprint on the dirt. Both stakes wins came at Calder.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Sales history: $230,000 Keeneland September yearling