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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 Saturday, August 10, 2013

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 10, 2013

Race 6, All 2-year-olds, 5 ½ Furlongs, Dirt, 3:35 p.m.

ROBERTO GATO (chestnut colt, Zensational—Cat News, by Storm Cat) is a half-brother to Publication, who won the Grade 2 Arlington-Washington Futurity as a 2-year-old and placed in five graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap, between the ages of 4 and 8. All six foals out of Cat News to race have won.

Owner: Dream Walkin Farms

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland November weanling; $175,000 Keeneland September yearling


MOSLER (dark bay/brown colt, War Front—Gold Vault, by Arch) is a half-brother to Contested, who won last year’s Grade 1 Acorn and Grade 1 Test. Their dam is a winning full-sister to stakes-placed Acquilea and a half-sister to Grade 1 King’s Bishop and Grade 1 Forego hero Pomeroy.

Owner: Adele B. Dilschneider

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales history: $1,050,000 Keeneland September yearling