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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.

 

Big Apple Babies for Sunday, August 2, 2015

Susie Raisher

Big Apple Babies for Sunday, August 2, 2015
Race 2, 2-year-old fillies, 6 furlongs, dirt, 1:35pm

NICKNAME (dk. bay/brown filly, Scat Daddy – Nina Fever, by Borrego), is the first foal out of a multiple stakes-placed mare. Nina Fever was a debut winner in April of her 2-year-old season, romping on Keeneland’s all-weather. Unsuccessful in two subsequent starts in graded stakes, she dropped in to easier company and reeled off four straight wins followed by a runner-up effort in Woodbine’s Glorious Song. She picked up additional stakes placings there and at Gulfstream Park as a three-year-old. All of Nina Fever’s success came sprinting and although the bulk of her success did come on all-weather, she also had victories on dirt and turf to her credit. Third dam Good Potential was a G3 winner and G1 placed at two.
Owner: LNJ Foxwoods
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Sales History: $350,000 Keeneland September yearling

RACHEL’S VALENTINA (bay filly, Bernardini – Rachel Alexandra, by Medaglia d’Oro), hardly needs an introduction. She is the second foal, first to race, out of the 2009 Horse of the Year. Rachel Alexandra’s championship campaign was one for the ages. She went 8-for-8 with G1 victories in the Kentucky Oaks, Preakness, Mother Goose, Haskell, and Woodward. While that mammoth campaign rightfully overshadows her juvenile one, Rachel Alexandra broke her maiden in her second start, a June sprint at Churchill Downs, and was G3-placed in the Debutante just a couple weeks later. She returned that fall for an allowance victory sprinting at Keeneland, a runner-up effort in the G3 Pocahontas, and finally a victory in the G2 Golden Rod. Rachel Alexandra only has one sibling to race, her winning full sister Samantha Nicole.
Owner: Stonestreet Stables
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez

RENOWN (chestnut fully, Street Cry – Miss Kate, by Storm Cat), is out of a stakes-placed half-sister to millionaire Clear Mandate. Miss Kate broke her maiden in her second lifetime start at two, right here at Saratoga. She went on to earn black-type by finishing third in the Summit Stakes as a three-year-old going a route of ground on dirt. Four of Miss Kate’s seven foals are winners, including a pair of stakes winners. Katerbug (Pulpit) and Raconteur (A.P. Indy) both picked up their stakes wins at three, though Katerbug did win a pair of races at two. Miss Kate is a half-sister to four stakes horses, led by three-time G1 winner Clear Mandate. Clear Mandate produced three stakes winners, most recently the 2013 G1 Hopeful winner, Strong Mandate. A non-winning half-sister to Miss Kate, Fairy Doll, produced the Japanese standout To The Victory (Sunday Silence), who also finished second in the Dubai World Cup. Renown’s second dam, Dream Deal, was herself a G1 winner and a half-sister to MG1W Crème Fraiche.
Owner: G. Watts Humphrey, Jr.
Trainer: Rusty Arnold
Jockey: Kendrick Carmouche

TALE FOR RUBY (bay filly, Tale of Ekati – Ruby City, by Carson City), is out a winning sister to five stakes horses. The leading earner among Ruby City’s sibling is half-brother Shy Tom (Blushing Groom), a multiple graded stakes winner of over $800,000. He’s followed by $500,000+ earning Hennessy (Storm Cat), a brilliant two-year-old who took the G1 Hopeful and was second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Ruby City is also a full sister to Pearl City, second in the G1 Spinaway as a two-year-old and winner of the G1 Ballerina and G2 Prioress at three. Six of Ruby City’s eight foals to race have won, though only one at two. Ruby City herself picked up her only career victory in her fourth start when sprinting on the dirt at Keeneland at two. An unraced daughter of Ruby City has produced a pair of foals who were G1-placed as three-year-olds in Argentina.
Owner: Charles Fipke
Trainer: Barclay Tagg
Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez


Notes:  The unraced dam of Wicked Fun is a half-sister to two stakes winners, led by G1-placed Dixie Pearl (Dixieland Band). Transact is the first foal out of a turf sprint stakes winner, who in turn is a daughter of the MSW/G3P dirt sprinter Jetinto Houston.

Race 6, 2-year-olds, 5 1/2 furlongs, turf, 3:47pm

ITS ALL RELEVANT (chestnut colt, Hard Spun – Ender’s Sister, by A.P. Indy), is a half-brother to two stakes winners from four foals to race out of multiple graded stakes placed Ender’s Sister. Both of those stakes winners earned their black-type this year. Five-year-old A. P. Indian (Indian Charlie) has won the Decathlon at Monmouth and Donald LeVine Memorial at Parx, both dirt sprints. Tiz Shea D (Tiznow) recently took the G2 Indian Derby. All four of Ender’s Sisters foals to race are winners with A. P. Indian the only one to win at two. One one of the quartet has tried turf, Ender’s Universe (Giant’s Causeway), and he is a winner on the surface. Ender’s Sister was a stakes winner at two and was graded stakes placed going long and short on the dirt.
Owner: MeB Racing Stables & Brooklyn Boyz Stables
Trainer: Dominick Schettino
Jockey: Kendrick Carmouche
Sales History: $100,000 Keeneland November weanling; $360,000 Keeneland September yearling

BRASS COMPASS (chestnut colt, Malibu Moon – Atlantic Voyage, by Stormy Atlantic), is the first foal out of a two-time winner. Atlantic Voyage debuted a winner at two with a 5-length win sprinting on the turf at Belmont. Her second career victory also came in a turf sprint, as a three-year-old at Arlington Park. Atlantic Voyage is a full sister to two stakes winners. Stormello was a multiple graded stakes winner at two, including a victory in the all-weather G1 Hollywood Futurity. He was graded stakes placed going short and long on dirt at three. The second stakes winning sibling was My Best Brother, a turf specialist who took the G2 Del Mar Derby. Atlantic Voyage is also a half-sister to Gala Award (Bernardini), a two-time stakes winner on the turf at three, including the G3 Palm Beach.
Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Trainer: Eddie Plesa
Jockey: Luis Saez
Sales History: $270,000 Keeneland September yearling; $350,000 Fasig-Tipton March 2-year-old in trainer (1/8 in 10.3: video)

RAPPEL (bay colt, Elusive Quality – Russian Symbol, by Danehill Dancer), will be the first foal to race out of a winning sister to six stakes winners. All six achieved their success in Europe. One of the six, Russian Desert (Desert Prince) earned black-type at two, finishing third in a G3 in France, before becoming a stakes winner at three. The best of the sextet was Esoterique, a full sister to Russian Symbol. She was second in the Poule D'Essai Des Pouliches (G1) as a three-year-old before picking up a G1 victory in the Prix Rothchild at four.  One of the six has also produced a stakes winner – the tough, globetrotting sprinter Russian Soul (Invincible Spirit).
Owner: Marc Keller
Trainer: Robert Ribaudo
Jockey: Eric Cancel
Sales History: $70,000 OBS April 2-year-old in training (1/8 in 10.0: video)

IAN SMITH (dk. bay/brown colt, Wildcat Heir – Cry Hallelujah, by Street Cry), is the first foal out of his dam. Lightly raced Cry Hallelujah picked up her lone career victory at a mile on Santa Anita’s turf course. She is a half-sister to Joha (Johar), an accomplished juvenile who took the G1 Breeders’ Futurity on the all-weather at Keeneland and was second in the G2 With Anticipation at Saratoga as a two-year-old on grass. He continued to accrue more black-type at three and topped over $600,000 in earnings.
Owner: Brian Martin
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales History: $100,000 OBS March 2-year-old in training (1/4 in 21.1: video)

NotesDon’t Be So Salty is a half-brother to stakes-placed Demacmorton (The Cliff’s Edge). The dam of War Order is a half-sister to turf specialist and G3 winner Fortitude.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare
* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner
* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare
* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner
* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000
* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000
* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner
* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner
* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction

 

 

Big Apple Babies for Saturday, August 1, 2015

Susie Raisher

Big Apple Babies for Saturday, August 1, 2015
Race 2, 2-year-olds, 6 furlongs, dirt, 1:35pm

TRICKY CITIZEN (bay colt, Proud Citizen – Afternoon Trick, by Afternoon Deelites), is a full-brother to four-time stakes winner, and twice G2-placed, Trickmeister. Trickmeister didn’t run at two, but won six of his first seven career starts, despite a couple of layoffs. Only two other foals out of Afternoon Trick have run. Both are winners, though neither at two. Afternoon Trick is a half-sister to three stakes horses, led by two-year-old stakes winner Jenny’s Prospector (Banker’s Gold), who is also the dam of a stakes-placed runner. Delving deeper in to the family, one finds G1 Oak Leaf winner Zoonaqua, a half-sister to Tricky Citizen’s second dam.
Owner: Jay Em Ess Stable
Trainer: Michelle Nevin
Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez
Sales History: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling

GIANT RUN (chestnut colt, Giant’s Causeway – Who Did It and Run, by Polish Numbers), will be the ninth foal to run out of a multiple graded stakes winner. Who Did It and Run, a debut winner sprinting on the dirt at two, beat the boys in the G2 Jersey Derby and  took the G3 Reeve Schley, Jr., both on grass. All but one of her prior foals have won, led by American Victory (Victory Gallop), winner of the Shine Again Stakes going 1 1/16 miles on dirt. She is also the dam of Who’s Cozy (Cozzene), stakes placed on three occasions, including here at Saratoga in the G3 Lake George. Who’s Cozy is also the dam of a pair of stakes horses in Who’s in Town (Speightstown) and Campaign Vows (Broken Vow).
Owner: Robert Baker, William Mack
Trainer: Tom Albertrani
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Sales History: $200,000 Keeneland September yearling

NotesCzarmo’s dam, stakes-placed at Del Mar as a three-year-old, is a half-sister two-year-old stakes winner Joopy Doopy (Gilded Time) and multiple graded stakes winner Redding Colliery (Mineshaft). Sawyers Mickey sold for $280,000, just missing the cut-off. His three-year-old half-sister, U Rock Robin (Stephen Got Even), was stakes-placed earlier this year. Sticksstatelydude is a half-brother to four-time stakes winner Saturday Nite Ride (Flower Alley). Isotherm is the first foal to race from a multiple stakes placed dam.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare
* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner
* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare
* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner
* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000
* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000
* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner
* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner
* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction

 

 

Big Apple Babies for Thursday, July 30, 2015

Susie Raisher

Big Apple Babies for Thursday, July 30, 2015
Race 5, 2-year-old fillies, 5 ½ furlongs, turf, 3:12pm

CREATIVE THOUGHT (bay filly, Bernardini – Communique, by Smart Strike), is the third foal out of a multiple graded stakes winner. Communique earned just shy of $600,000 with victories in the G3 Bewitch and G3 Modesty to her credit. She did not win her lone start at two, but was thought highly enough to make that start against winners in the Caressing Handicap. Two full siblings to Communique have also earned black-type, led by $200,000-earner Final Count. Both of Communique’s prior foals to race are winners and juvenile winners at that. The better of the duo is Woodfield Springs (Raven’s Pass), third in the G3 Transylvania at three. Both are winners on turf.
Owner: G. Watts Humphrey, Jr.
Trainer: George R. Arnold II
Jockey: Julien Leparoux

TIN TYPE CAL (chestnut filly, Tapit – Miss Shop, by Deputy Minister), is out of a multiple graded stakes winning millionaire. Trained by The Chief, Miss Shop’s biggest victory came right here at Saratoga in the G1 Personal Ensign. Three prior foals have run, with just one winner, Round Midnight (A.P. Indy), whose victory came at a route of ground on the dirt. Miss Shop is a half-sister to a quartet of stakes horses. The best of them, Trappe Shot, topped $700,000, won the G2 True North, and, like Tin Type Cal, is by Tapit.
Trainer: Graham Motion
Jockey: Alex Cintron

SHE’S WORTH IT (dk.bay/brown filly, Tale of the Cat – Charitabledonation, by Saint Ballado), is looking to become the sixth winner from seven foals to race for Charitabledonation. Charitabledonation, winner of the Christmas Past Stakes at Gulfstream Park as a three-year-old, has already produced three stakes horses. Full brothers Charitable Man and Code West, both by Lemon Drop Kid, have a trio of graded stakes victories between them, including the former’s in the G2 Futurity as a two-year-old.
Owner: Jeff Drown
Trainer: Joe Sharp
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Sales History: $160,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling; $250,000 OBS March two-year-old in training (1/8 in 10.1: video)

CONQUEST SARAHSTAR (bay filly, Lemon Drop Kid – Yonagucci, by Yonaguska), will be the second foal to race from a G1 placed dam. Yonagucci won her first two starts at two and finished third in the G1 Spinaway later that summer. Both victories came sprinting on dirt. Her only prior foal to race has also found his success as a dirt sprinter – Union Label (Dixie Union) is a three-time winner, including a victory in the fall of his two-year-old year. Conquest Sarahstar was the most expensive Lemon Drop Kid sold as a two-year-old this year.
Owner: Conquest Stables
Trainer: Mark Casse
Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan
Sales History: $120,000 Keeneland January yearling; $190,000 Keeneland September yearling RNA; $650,000 OBS April two-year-old in training (1/8 in 9.4: video)

FOREVER PLUS (bay filly, U S Ranger – Persevere, by Southern Image), is the first foal out of his dam. Persevere was a two-time winner sprinting on dirt, neither victory at two. Second dam Voz De Colegiala was one of the best of her generation in her native Chile, with a victory in the G1 Polla De Potrancas and a third-place finish in the G1 Las Oaks to her credit. Imported to the US, Voz De Colegiala was a two-time stakes winner and G3 placed. A half-brother, Negro Rajado, by Sari’s Baba was also G1 placed in Chile.
Owner: Preston Madden
Trainer: Nick Zito
Jockey: Luis Saez

COUNTY MUSE (bay filly, Leroidesanimaux – Countrywishingwell, by Country Pine), is a half-sister multiple stakes winner Calico Bay (Three Wonders). While Calico Bay never won on turf, she was a successful two-year-old. After scoring in her debut, Calico Bay was stakes-placed in three consecutive stakes races at Calder before breaking through with a victory in the My Dear Girl division of the Florida Stallion Stakes. She picked up a second stakes win at three in the Ocala Breeders’ Sale Championship. Both of her turf efforts were solid fourth-place finishes in stakes company. Five other foals out of Countrywishingwell have run with four winners, one on turf, and one at two. Countrywishingwell is also a sister to three stakes horses, including multiple graded stakes placed full-brother Country Coast.
Owner: Tracy Farmer
Trainer: Mike Maker
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales History: $55,000 Fasig-Tipton November weanling

CATCH A GLIMPSE (chestnut filly, City Zip – Halo River, by Irish River), is a half-sister to the graded stakes winning turf horse Old Forester (Forestry). Placed in his lone start at two, Old Forester excelled at middle distances on the lawn, taking the G3 Cliff Hanger at the Meadowlands, setting a new course record going 1 1/16 at Gulfstream in the Canadian Turf, and chasing champion Kitten’s Joy home in the G2 Firecracker on his way to topping $460,000 in earnings. Nine other foals out of Halo River have run with four winners, one at two and two on turf. Two of her daughters have produced black-type horses, including two-year-old winner and turf stakes-placed Tippie Tap (Pleasant Tap). Further back, Catch a Glimpse’s third dam is Leap Lively, a G3 winner and G1 placed in England. Leap Lively is perhaps best known as the dam of English champion two-year-old filly and G1 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Forest Flower.
Owner: Gary Barber, Michael James Ambler, and Jeff Begg
Trainer: Mark Casse
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales History: $75,000 Keeneland September yearling

(MTO) ISLAND SAINT (chestnut filly, Speightstown – Prospective Saint, by Saint Ballado), is out of a G3 winner of over $480,000. Prospective Saint broke her maiden in her second start at two, was G3 placed in the Iowa Oaks at three, took three listed stakes and was G2 placed a four, and got her biggest victory at five in the G3 Gardenia. Four prior foals out of Prospective Saint have run, with three winners.
Owner: Siena Farm
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez

(MTO) TRUE PLEASURE (chestnut filly, Yes It’s True – Pleasant Ring, by Pleasant Tap), is a half-sister to Bad Debt (Grand Reward), a multiple stakes winner of over $800,000. Unraced at two, Bad Debt has earned black-type every year from three to eight. While the bulk of his success has come on the lawn, he is also a winner on dirt. Only two prior foals out of unraced Pleasant Ring have run, one of which has won. Pleasant Ring has two black-type siblings, the millionaire Freefourinternet (Tabasco Cat), a graded stakes winner on dirt and turf, and multiple stakes winner Pleasant Chimes (Pleasant Tap), who was also twice graded placed, all on dirt. Pleasant Chimes is the dam of a G3-placed two-year-old in Street Chimes (Street Cry).
Owner: Sylken Stables
Trainer: Bill Mott
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales History: $100,000 OBS August yearling; $200,000 OBS April 2-year-old in training (1/8 in 10.1: video)

(MTO) ALL ABOUT MY GIRLS (bay filly, Distorted Humor – Superhalf, by A.P. Indy), is out of an unraced half-sister to champion 2-year-old filly Halfbridled (Unbridled). Halfbridled was undefeated at two, taking the G1 Del Mar Debutante, G2 Oak Leaf, and G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. A three-quarter sister to Superhalf, Half A.P. (Pulpit) produced the graded stakes placed two-year-old Fully Living (Unbridled’s Song), who more notably finished third here at Saratogai n the G2 Adirondack. Third dam At The Half was a G3 winner at two, having taken the Golden Rod. She also produced multiple graded stakes winner Lu Ravi. Superhalf is the dam of one other foal of racing age, a three-year-old full sister to All About My Girls who has not started.
Owner: MeB Racing Stables and Brooklyn Boyz Stables
Trainer: Dominick Schettino
Jockey: N/A
Sales History: $300,000 Keeneland September yearling

NotesGem is a half-sister to Skipalute (Midnight Lute), twice graded stakes placed as a two-year-old. (MTO) Scatoosh is a half-sister to two horses who earned black-type at two, including G3P Save Rock and Roll (Super Saver)

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare
* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner
* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare
* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner
* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000
* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000
* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner
* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner
* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction

 

 

Big Apple Babies for Sunday, July 26, 2015

Susie Raisher

Big Apple Babies for Sunday, July 26, 2015
Race 6, 2-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 3:47pm

DEEDEEZEE (bay filly, Congrats – Ash Zee, by Exchange Rate), is the first foal out of a graded-stakes placed runner. Ash Zee was unraced at two before picking up a trio of victories, all going 7 furlongs on dirt, as a three-year-old. She was the runner-up in the G2 Indiana Oaks going 1 1/16 that same year. Ash Zee is a half-sister to Wickedly Perfect (Congrats), a two-time graded stakes winner on all-weather at two, including the G1 Darley Alcibiades at Keeneland. Another half-sister, Wicked Mizz (Mizzen Mast) took Delaware Park’s Go For Wand at three.
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales History: $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling

SAGE HALL (bay filly, Cape Blanco – Cayuga’s Waters, by Langfuhr), is a half-sister to three stakes horses out of Pebbles Stakes winner Cayuga’s Waters. While that victory came in an off-the-turf edition of the race, Cayuga’s Waters was a winner on grass. Her offspring have found success under a variety of conditions. Cascadilla Falls (E Dubai) picked up her stakes win, the Lucy Scribner, sprinting on turf here at Saratoga. Highball (Lemon Drop Kid) is multiple graded stakes placed routing on turf. Cayuga’s Waters most accomplished foal to date, Glorious View (Pleasant Tap) took the G2 Vagrancy sprinting the main track at Belmont. While five offspring of Cayuga’s Waters have raced, Sage Hall will be just the second to run at two. The other, Hail Cornell (All American), tasted victory in her third start at two for Mott/Laue.
Owner: Laue Ranch
Trainer: Bill Mott
Jockey: Jose Lezcano

REBELLE (dk.bay/brown filly, Hard Spin – Layrebelle, by Tale of the Cat), will be the third foal to race from an unraced dam who has already thrown two stakes winners. The first, Spellbound (Bernardini), failed to win in three starts at two, but went on to take the G2 La Canada going 1 1/16 on dirt at Santa Anita last winter. Layrebelle’s second foal was Kid Cruz (Lemon Drop Kid), who broke his maiden in his second start at two before a quartet of stakes wins at three last year, highlighted by Belmont’s G3 Dwyer. Second dam Voodoo Lily was graded stakes placed at two before taking the G3 Columbia, now the Safely Kept, at Laurel. Five half-siblings to Layrebelle earned black-type, three of them at two.
Owner: James Karp
Trainer: Bill Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Sales History: $370,000 Keeneland September yearling

CRYSTAL WAVE (gray/roan filly, Tapit – Rose of Killarney, by Proud Citizen), is out of a half-sister to G1 winner Laragh (Tapit) and millionaire Summer Front (War Front). Laragh picked up her biggest career victory going 1 1/16 on all-weather in the G1 Hollywood Starlet at two and was a two-time stakes winner on the grass. Summer Front’s success has all come on the lawn. Undefeated at two, including a pair of listed stakes wins, the hard-knocker was a graded stakes winner at 3, 4, and 5 and is already G1 placed at 6 this year. Their dam, Rose of Summer, is half-sister to G1 Hollywood Futurity winner Siphonic. Rose of Killarney herself was a debut winner sprinting on the turf at Woodbine. One prior foal, a full sister to Crystal Wave, has yet to win.
Owner: Sumaya U.S. Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales History: $285,000 Keeneland November weanling; $535,000 Keeneland September yearling

Notes:  The second dam of Hollywood Tomcat was a multiple stakes winner at Hastings Park. Aventina, dam of Amazing Charisma, is a half-sister to three stakes winners.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare
* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner
* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare
* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner
* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000
* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000
* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner
* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner
* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction