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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 Monday, August 5, 2013

Jessica Tugwell

Forbes’ Firsters for Monday, August 5, 2013

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, 7 Furlongs, Dirt, 2:04 p.m.

TIGHTLY BRIDLED (bay colt, Unbridled’s Song—Winning Bet, by Dixie Union) looks to be the first winner for his dam, whose other foal to race has not won in four starts. His second dam is Grade 1 Hempstead Handicap winner Fantastic Find, who has thrown eight winners from ten foals to race, including multiple Grade 1 winner Finder’s Fee and the stakes-placed colts New Way and Treasure Island.

Owner: Robert C. Baker & William L. Mack
Trainer: Nick Zito
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling; $330,000 Fasig-Tipton Timonium 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)
KING CYRUS (bay colt, Bellamy Road—Queen of Empire, by Empire Maker) is the first foal to race from his unraced dam. King Cyrus’ third dam is Dispute, who captured three Grade 1s – the Kentucky Oaks, Gazelle Handicap, and Beldame Stakes – at age three, along with runner-up finishes in the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes and Ruffian Handicap. Dispute also won the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes in her four-year-old season.

Owner: WinStar Farm
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $70,000 Keeneland September yearling

SOUPERFAST (bay colt, Broken Vow—Playa Maya, by Arch) is a half-brother to 2010 Eclipse Champion Two-Year-Old Uncle Mo, who captured Grade 1 wins in both the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Champagne Stakes. All three of Playa Maya’s foals to race are winners, and one other foal aside from Uncle Mo won at age two. Playa Maya herself never finished off the board in six career starts, including stakes placings at Delta Downs and Ellis Park.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $500,000 Keeneland September Yearling