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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 26, 2013

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, October 26, 2013

Race 5, All 2-year-olds, One Mile, Dirt, 2:58 p.m.

TAP TO THE STREET (dark bay or brown colt, Street Cry—Tap to Music, by Pleasant Tap) is out of a mare who won the Grade 1 Gazelle, Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap, and Grade 3 Delaware Handicap. Tap to Music is a half-sister to three-time graded stakes winner Northern Afleet (won the Grade 2 San Fernando, Grade 2 San Carlos Handicap, and Grade 3 San Diego; finished third in the Grade 1 Malibu and Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap) and dual stakes winner Boss Soss. As a broodmare, Tap to Music has produced three winners from as many starters, including Bear’s Kid, who took the Grade 2 Summer on the turf as a juvenile.

Owner: Charles E. Fipke

Trainer: Nicholas Zito

Jockey: Jose Lezcano


GOODNEWSISNONEWS (chestnut colt, Giant’s Causeway—Queen Randi, by Fly So Free) is a half-brother to Fly Down, who won the Grade 2 Dwyer, finished second in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes and Grade 1 Travers, and was third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic and Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Fly Down later went to Saudi Arabia, where he captured two editions of the non-black-type Crown Prince Cup. Another half-sibling to Goodnewsisnonews, Seafree, won the Grade 2 La Cañada and was third in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita. Queen Randi, an unplaced half-sister to stakes winner/Grade 3-placed Prince Randi, has produced five winners from eight starters.

Owner: Repole Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $250,000 Keeneland September yearling


MONOPOLIST (bay colt, Giant’s Causeway—Empire West, by Empire Maker) is the first foal out of his dam, an unplaced half-sister to Forest Music, a sprinter who won the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap and the Grade 3 Miss Preakness and was third in the Grade 1 Prioress and Grade 1 Test. Empire West also is a half-sister to Shooter, who garnered the Grade 3 Sapling as a 2-year-old.

Owner: Starlight Racing

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $375,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling