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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, September 22, 2013

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, September 22, 2013

Race 7, 2-year-old Fillies, 5 ½ Furlongs, Dirt, 4:13 p.m.

BIDDY MARTIN (dark bay or brown filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Misgoldy, by Miswaki) is out of a winning half-sister to Formal Gold, whose four graded stakes scores included victories in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap and Grade 1 Woodward; and Maple Lake, who won a restricted stakes at Woodbine. Misgoldy has produced two winners from three starters.

Owner: Martin S. Schwartz

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $250,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)


LAS OLAS AZUR (chestnut filly, Bluegrass Cat—Round Trip Flight, by Monarchos) is out of a mare who won the listed Bay Meadows Oaks. Round Trip Flight’s only other foal of racing age is winless in three starts.

Owner: The Elkstone Group

Trainer: Philip Serpe

Jockey: Joe Bravo


EARTH TO MATHILDA (bay filly, First Samurai—Guide, by Pulpit) is out of a winning full-sister to Laity, who captured the listed Cradle and John Battaglia Memorial stakes. Guide also is a half-sister to three-time Grade 3 winner Trip (two wins in the Turfway Breeders’ Cup and one win in the Chicago Breeders’ Cup) and Joke, who took a pair of minor sprint stakes in Northern California. Joke later produced three-time Grade 1-winning sprinter Zensational. All five foals out of Guide to race have won.

Owner: Ken Geren

Trainer: John Terranova

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Sales history: $42,000 Keeneland September yearling; $110,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)


Race 10, 2-year-old Fillies, One Mile, Turf, 5:49 p.m.

MEANS WELL (dark bay or brown filly, Smart Strike—Great Intentions, by Cat Thief) is out of a mare who won the Grade 2 First Flight Handicap and Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap. Great Intentions was unplaced in her lone start on the turf, but her half-sister Sea Road won minor turf stakes at Saratoga and Gulfstream Park and was Grade 3-placed over the weeds at Woodbine. Great Intentions has produced one winner from two starters, and that runner, No Splits, has won a pair of races on the grass.

Owner: Richard Santulli

Trainer: Alan Goldberg

Jockey: Christopher DeCarlo


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, adirt 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: Mike Smith


MEDAGLIA D’ARGENTO (dark bay or brown filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Meribel, by Peaks and Valleys) is out of a mare who won the Grade 3 Valley View over Keeneland’s synthetic surface and three restricted stakes on the turf in New York. Medaglia d’Argento is Meribel’s first starter.

Owner: R A Hill Stable, Joseph DiRico & George Weaver

Trainer: George Weaver

Jockey: Joe Bravo

Sales history: $150,000 Keeneland September yearling



KILLARNEY ROSE (bay filly, Ghostzapper—Koko Pop, by A.P. Indy) is the second foal to race out of his dam, an unraced daughter of Got Koko, who swept the La Cañada series at Santa Anita (Grade 1 La Brea, Grade 2 El Encino, Grade 2 La Cañada) and was third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Koko Pop’s only other foal to race, was third in a maiden claimer at Hollywood Park in her lone start.

Owner: Lindsay H. LaRouche

Trainer: Christophe Clement

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $47,000 Keeneland September yearling; $290,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)