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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, October 10, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, October 10, 2013

Race 7, All 2-year-olds, Seven Furlongs, Turf, 4:02 p.m.

GIBSON’S BULLET (chestnut colt, Montbrook—Catch the Ghost, by Silver Ghost) is out of a winning half-sister to 2004 Horse of the Year and Breeders’ Cup Classic victor Ghostzapper, Grade 1 Hopeful hero City Zip, and Grade 3 Durham Cup winner City Wolf. Catch the Ghost has produced four winners (one on the turf) from seven starters, including Phantom Income, who took the restricted N.A.T.C. Futurity (Fillies) as a 2-year-old.

Owner: East Avenue Stable

Trainer: Barclay Tagg

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

Sales history: $50,000 OBS June 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 4/5 seconds, video)


DOUBLE WHAMMY (dark bay or brown colt, Arch—Falling Springs, by Mr. Prospector) is out of an unraced half-sister to Astoria winner Aces. Falling Springs has produced three winners from as many starters, but none have won on the turf. Her top foal is Easy Gallop, who placed in a sprint stakes at the Meadowlands.

Owner: Mill House

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $125,000 Keeneland September yearling; $535,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)