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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 8, 2013

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, September 8, 2013

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, One Mile, Dirt, 1:36 p.m.

MASTER LIGHTING (dark bay or brown colt, Pulpit—Maragold Princess, by Smarten) is out of a dam who won four restricted stakes, including a pair for 2-year-olds. Maragold Princes is a full-sister to Grade 3 Pennsylvania Derby winner Smart Guy and has produced stakes-placed runner Starcastic. Four of her five starters have won.

Owner: Alan R. Cook & Larry Pratt

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Edgar Prado

Sales history: $70,000 Keeneland September yearling


SURVIVAL (chestnut colt, Giant’s Causeway—Matlacha Pass, by Seeking the Gold) is a half-brother to Pine Island, who won the Grade 1 Alabama and Grade 1 Gazelle, and Point of Entry, who has captured five Grade 1 races on the turf (Man o’ War, Sword Dancer Invitational, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap). Matlacha Pass is a winning full-sister to Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup upset winner Pleasant Home and multiple graded stakes heroine Country Hideaway. Survival’s third dam is Grade 1 Alabama winner Maplejinsky, a half-sister to Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint victor Dayjur. Maplejinsky produced Sky Beauty, who swept the Triple Tiara series.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III

Jockey: Javier Castellano


Race 7, All 2-year-olds, Seven Furlongs, Turf, 4:13 p.m.

THIS GUY IS BLUE (bay colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Kim’s Blues, by Cure the Blues) is a half-brother to Lotta Rhythm, who won the listed Pocahontas and was third in the Grade 2 Golden Rod as a 2-year-old; Lotta Kim, who was second in the Grade 2 Golden Rod at 2 and won the listed Tiffany Lass at 3; and High Blues, who took a minor stakes at Turfway Park. Lotta Kim later became the dam of Preakness winner and Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. Like This Guy Is Blue, Rachel Alexandra is by Medaglia d’Oro.

Owner: Chester & Mary Broman

Trainer: John Kimmel

Jockey: Joe Bravo


PILATUS (bay colt, Shakespeare—Smart Sis, by Beau Genius) is a half-brother to Sis City, who won the Grade 2 Demoiselle as a juvenile and the Grade 1 Ashland and Grade 2 Davona Dale as a sophomore. Their dam is an unplaced half-sister to Swamp, who annexed three graded stakes on the grass.

Owner: William C. Schettine

Trainer: Lisa Lewis

Jockey: Alex Solis


HADRIAN (chestnut colt, Giant’s Causeway—Junia Tepzia, by Rock of Gibraltar) is the first foal out of his dam, who won a listed stakes in Italy as a 2-year-old. Hadrian’s second dam, Marie Laurencin, is a placed half-sister to Footstepsinthesand, winner of the Group 1 English 2000 Guineas, and Pedro the Great, victorious in Ireland’s Group 1 Phoenix.

Owner: Team Valor International & Gary Barber

Trainer: Richard Mettee

Jockey: Javier Castellano


THEROS (dark bay or brown colt, Pulpit—Panty Raid, by Include) is the second foal out of his dam, who won the Grade 1 American Oaks on the turf, the Grade 1 Spinster on Polytrack, and the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan on the dirt. Panty Raid, a full-sister to Grade 2 Delaware Oaks winner and Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks runner-up St. John’s River, has produced one other foal of racing age, Hunting Ground, whose lone win to date has come in a maiden race over the all-weather in England.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Jose Ortiz