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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 6, 2013

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, October 6, 2013

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

HOOK EM (chestnut colt, Giant’s Causeway—Mattieandmorgan, by Smart Strike) is the first foal out of his dam, who was winless in seven starts. Mattieandmorgan is a half-sister to four turf stakes winners. Topping the list are Shakespeare, who won the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational and Grade 1 Woodbine mile, and Perfect Shirl, who upset the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. Fantastic Shirl, meanwhile, won the restricted De La Rose and placed in a pair of graded stakes, and Lady Shakespeare took the Grade 2 New York and Grade 3 Bewitch.

Owner: James McIngvale

Trainer: William Turner, Jr.

Jockey: Edgar Prado

Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling


CAIRO PRINCE (gray/roan colt, Pioneerof the Nile—Holy Bubbette, by Holy Bull) is out of a sprinter who won stakes at Woodbine and Louisiana and was third in a Grade 3 at Calder Race Course. Holy Bubbette has produced three winners from as many foals to race, including stakes-placed runners Nonna Mia (third in the Grade 1 Frizette and Grade 3 Tempted) and Holdin Bullets (second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint).

Owner: Paul Braverman, Terrence Murray, Harvey Clarke, et al.

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $200,000 Keeneland January yearling; $250,000 Keeneland September yearling


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

STATE VISIT (bay filly, Tiz Wonderful—Sheba Queen, by Empire Maker) is the first foal out of her unraced dam, a half-sister to four-time graded stakes-winning turfer Starformer (Grade 2 New York, Grade 3 Robert G. Dick Memorial, Grade 3 Long Island Handicap, Grade 3 The Very One). State Visit’s second dam, Etoile Montante, 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.

Owner: Juddmonte Farms

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Jose Lezcano


JULIE NAPP (dark bay or brown filly, Curlin—Garden District, by Dixie Union) is the first foal out of her dam, who won the Grade 3 Debutante as a 2-year-old. Julie Napp’s second dam, Brisquette, placed in four stakes, including a Grade 3.

Owner: MeB Racing Stables & Brooklyn Boyz Stables

Trainer: Dominick Schettino

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $215,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling


CO COLA (chestnut filly, Candy Ride—Yong Musician, by Yonaguska) is out of a winning half-sister to Canadian Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Kimchi, who won the restricted Woodbine Oaks and Bison City for 3-year-old fillies. Yong Musician’s only other foal to race has one win in four starts.

Owner: Bortolazzo Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $75,000 Keeneland November weanling; $59,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling