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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 Saturday, October 12, 2013

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, October 12, 2013

Race 1, All 2-year-olds, 6 ½ Furlongs, Dirt, 12:50 p.m.

REACH FOR YIELD (chestnut colt, Curlin—Lucky Soph, by Cozzene) is a half-brother to Lucky Pulpit, who won a minor turf sprint stakes at Arlington Park and was second in the Grade 2 Santa Catalina over a route of ground on the dirt. Another half-brother, Drewman, placed in a pair of route stakes. Their dam is a winning daughter of two-time Grade 3 winner Lucky Spell, who also produced English Group 3 winner Merlins Charm and Goldspell, who took a restricted stakes at Del Mar. Lucky Spell also produced Trolley Song, the dam of Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile victor Unbridled’s Song.

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Sales history: $150,000 Keeneland September yearling


RED KNOT (dark bay or brown colt, Birdstone—Kentucky Whisper, by Southern Halo) is a half-brother to a pair of turf stakes winners: Love to Tell, who captured stakes at Louisiana Downs, the Fair Grounds, and Sam Houston; and Volcat, who annexed last year’s Grade 3 Virginia Oaks. Two additional half-siblings, Economic Swoon and Special Skills, are stakes placed. Their dam is an unraced half-sister to Setareh, who won two restricted stakes and was third in the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap.

Owner: Black Swan Stable & Barry Schwartz

Trainer: Allen Iwinski

Jockey: Manuel Franco

Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling


SMARTY BURNS (chestnut colt, Smart Strike—Mon Belle, by Maria’s Mon) is a half-brother to Supreme, a turf sprinter who won a minor stakes at Colonial Downs and was second in the Grade 3 Royal North at Woodbine. He also won a pair of sprints on the dirt. His dam is a winning full-sister to 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos.

Owner: Stonestreet Stables

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $900,000 Keeneland September yearling