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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 Thursday, July 10, 2014

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, July 10, 2014

Race 1, 2-year-old fillies, six furlongs, turf, 1:20 p.m.

ESKENFORMONEY (dark bay or brown filly, Eskendereya—But for Money, by Not For Love) is slated to become the first starter out of her dam, whose sole win came in a maiden special weight on the dirt at Philadelphia Park. But for Money is a half-sister to Somethinaboutbetty, who won restricted stakes on the dirt at Laurel Park, Aqueduct Racetrack, Pimlico, and Timonium and was second in the Grade 3 Lake George on the turf; and Petunia, who captured turf stakes at Colonial Downs and Delaware Park and placed in the Grade 3 Boiling Springs on the grass and Grade 3 Selima on the dirt.

Owner: StarLadies Racing

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $225,000 Keeneland September yearling


COOL COMFORT (chestnut filly, Big Brown—Singing Sensation, by Coronado’s Quest) is out of a mare who made three starts, winning one race, a maiden special weight on Polytrack at Woodbine. Singing Sensation, a half-sister to Grade 2 Fantasy winner Ruby’s Reception, has produced two winners from as many starters: Earth Zeus, who has won a pair of dirt races in Japan, and Red October, whose lone victory to date has come in a maiden claimer on the dirt at Laurel.

Owner: Ten Broeck Farm Inc.

Trainer: Wesley Ward

Jockey: Abel Lezcano

Sales history: $60,000 Keeneland September yearling; $115,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 seconds, video)


ISABELLA SINGS (chestnut filly, Eskendereya—Isobel Baillie, by Lomitas) is a half-sister to Alaura Michele, who has won a pair of turf stakes at Saratoga: the P.G. Johnson as a 2-year-old and the restricted Nani Rose as a 3-year-old. On Tuesday, Alaura Michele was third in the Grade 3 James Penny Memorial Handicap. Including Alaura Michele, two of three starters out of Isobel Baillie have won, both on the grass. Isobel Baillie herself was stakes placed in France.

Owner: Siena Farm LLC

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Joel Rosario