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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 20, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, October 20, 2013

Race 2, 2-year-old Fillies, 5 ½ Furlongs, Dirt, 1:22 p.m.

SUMMERTIME FRIEND (bay filly, Sky Mesa—Carson City Babe, by Carson City) is out of a mare who won a minor stakes at Monmouth Park and a restricted stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack. Maizelle, a daughter of listed stakes winner Corona Lake, has only one other foal of racing age, Indyniable, who won a single race in six starts.

Owner: Mill House

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling; $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)


HOUSE RULES (dark bay or brown filly, Distorted Humor—Teamgeist, by Mutakddim) is the first foal out of her dam, who in Argentina won five group stakes and placed in a pair of Group 1 events. In the United States, she was third in the Grade 1 Spinster over Keeneland’s Polytrack. Teamgeist is a half-sister to Argentine-bred Barbaro, a Group 3 winner in his native country.

Owner: Joseph V. Shields, Jr.

Trainer: H. Allen Jerkens

Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez

Sales history: $90,000 Keeneland September yearling