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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 Sunday, October 13, 2013

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, October 13, 2013

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

MISS MELINDA (dark bay or brown filly, Malibu Moon—Black Escort, by Southern Halo) is out of a turf runner who won a listed stakes and was group stakes placed in France. She also placed in a pair of stakes in the United States. Black Escort, a half-sister to a pair of stakes-placed runners in France, has produced two winners from three starters, one on the dirt. One of them, Black Snowflake, placed in two stakes in England as a 2-year-old.

Owner: Fager Stable

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling


GOLDEN MARIA (dark bay or brown filly, Tiznow—Golden Dawn, by Hennessy) is out of a sprinter who took the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie Handicap. Golden Maria will be the first starter for Golden Dawn, a daughter of Paved in Gold, who took the Grade 2 Astarita as a juvenile.

Owner: L and M Racing Stables

Trainer: LeRoy Jolley, Jr.

Jockey: Phil Teator

Sales history: $45,000 Keeneland September yearling; $60,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)


FLATBOW (chestnut filly, Broken Vow—Kootenai, by Deputy Minister) is a half-brother to Lime Rickey, who placed in the Grade 2 Colonial Turf Cup and Grade 3 Palm Beach on the grass. Their dam is placed daughter of three-time Grade 1 winner Classy Cathy (Ashland, Alabama, Gazelle) and is a daughter of English Group 2 winner Placerville. Kootenai has produced three winners from five starters.

Owner: Green Hills Farm Inc.

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $75,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling; $375,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 seconds, video)


Race 7, 2-year-old Fillies, Six Furlongs, Turf, 4:02 p.m.

TOUCH THE STAR (chestnut filly, Tapit—Willstar, by Nureyev) is a half-sister to Etoile Montante, who captured the Group 1 Prix de la Foret in France and won the Grade 2 Palomar Handicap and was Grade 1 placed in the United States. Their dam, who has produced six winners from 10 starters, is a winning half-sister to Hometown Queen, a dirt runner who won a listed stakes and placed in three Grade 1 events; and turf filly Revasser, who took the Grade 2 Tidal Handicap, finished third in the Grade 1 Santa Barbara Handicap, and placed in group stakes in France and Italy. Touch the Star’s third dam is Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Chris Evert.

Owner: Juddmonte Farms

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Jose Lezcano


ANEA (chestnut filly, Unbridled’s Song—Desire to Excel, by Mt. Livermore) is out of a dam who won the listed Astoria on the dirt as a 2-year-old and the Honest Lady Handicap over the all-weather as a 3-year-old. She was unplaced in her lone turf try. Her only other foal of racing age is Artest, who won the listed Quick Call, a turf sprint.

Owner: Dennis Narlinger

Trainer: Anthony Dutrow

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.


ALICE AND TRIXIE (dark bay or brown filly, Bob and John—Reallyaroan, by Imperial Falcon) is a half-sister to sprinter A Rose for You, who won a restricted stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack. Their dam won a restricted route stakes at Hoosier Park has produced three winners from five starters, one on turf.

Owner: Harold Lerner LLC

Trainer: Gary Contessa

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Sales history: $30,000 Keeneland November weanling; $50,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)