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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, September 28, 2013

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, September 28, 2013

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, Seven Furlongs, Dirt, 1:36 p.m.

PACHELBEL (bay colt, Distorted Humor—Music Note, by A.P. Indy) is the first foal out of his dam, who won five Grade 1 races. As a 3-year-old, Music Note won the Mother Goose, Coaching Club American Oaks, and Gazelle, was second by a nose in the Alabama, and finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. At 4, she added a win in the Beldame Invitational and cut back in distance to take the Ballerina. Music Note is a half-sister to Musical Chimes, who won the Group 1 Poule D'Essai Des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) before coming to the United States to post wins in the Grade 1 John C. Mabee Handicap and Grade 2 Oak Tree Mile.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.


Race 3, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 2:07 p.m.

GENUINE FLARE (dark bay or brown colt, Tiznow—True Flare, by Capote) is a half-brother to Art Master, who on the turf won a pair of Group 3 races in France and the Grade 3 Poker Handicap in the United States. He also is a half-brother to Indian Flare, who won the Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap on the dirt and a restricted stakes going down the hill on the turf at Santa Anita, and dirt runner Latent Heat, who took the Grade 1 Malibu and Grade 2 San Carlos. Their dam ran on the turf, winning two listed stakes and placing in a Group 3 in France. After being sent to the U.S., she captured the Grade 2 Rare Perfume and finished third in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks. True Flare is a full-sister to Capital Secret (Group 3 winner in Germany), and a half-sister to River Flare (two-time listed winner and Group 3 placed in France) and War Zone (Group 3 winner in France and Grade 3 winner in the United States). She also is a half-sister to Apple of Kent, who won the Grade 2 Shuvee Handicap and was third in the Grade 1 Hempstead Handicap on the dirt.

Owner: Juddmonte Farms

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado


SIR J. J. (gray/roan colt, Lemon Drop Kid—Destiny Calls, by With Approval) is out of a mare who won six stakes for Louisiana-breds, one on the turf. Destiny Call is half-sister to You’llbeinmyheart and Nowandforevermore, who also won stakes for Louisiana-breds on the grass. She has produced one other starter, whose sole win in 12 starts came in a sprint on the dirt.

Owner: Fox Hill Farms

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Alan Garcia

Sales history: $62,000 Keeneland September yearling; $130,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 4/5 seconds, video)