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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 Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Race 3, 2-year-old Fillies, Seven Furlongs, Dirt, 1:54 p.m.

MISS BESILU (dark bay or brown filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Quiet Dance, by Quiet American) is a half-sister to 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam, whose accomplishments that year included Grade 1 wins in the Donn Handicap, Stephen Foster Handicap, Woodward, and Breeders’ Cup Classic. Saint Liam was just one of four stakes winners of Quiet Dance. Congressionalhonor won the Grade 3 Bay Meadows Derby on the turf, Quiet Giant took the Grade 2 Molly Pitcher and four other stakes, and Dance Quietly captured a stakes over the inner track at Aqueduct. All nine starters out of Quiet Dance have won. Quiet Dance herself won a restricted stakes at Pimlico and was second in the Grade 2 Demoiselle.

Owner: Besilu Stables

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $2.6 million Keeneland November weanling


INDY’S MILLION (bay filly, A.P. Indy—Million Gift, by Sunday Silence), a half-sister to Delaware Park stakes winner Million Seller, is out of an unplaced half-sister to Sky Beauty, who received the Eclipse Awards for Champion Three-Year-Old Filly and Champion Older Female and won nine Grade 1 races between the ages of 2 and 4. Half-sisters to Million Gift produced Tale of Ekati, Pleasant Home, and Country Hideaway. Indy’s Million’s second dam, Maplejinsky, won the Grade 1 Alabama and Grade 1 Monmouth Oaks and was a half-sister to recently deceased Group 1 victor Dayjur.

Owner: Charles E. Fipke

Trainer: Barclay Tagg

Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez

Sales history: $725,000 Keeneland September yearling


GLACKEN’S GIFT (dark bay or brown filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Glacken’s Gal, by Smoke Glacken) is a full-sister to Live Lively, who won this year’s Grade 2 Davona Dale. Their dam won the listed Astoria as a 2-year-old and is a half-sister stakes winners City Dweller and Banker’s Buy.

Owner: Edward A. Cox, Jr.

Trainer: Christophe Clement

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.