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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 2, 2014

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, August 2, 2014

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 2:02 p.m.

FACE THE MUSIC (bay colt, Stormy Atlantic—Voyage, by Rahy) is out of an unraced half-sister to Pine Island, who won the Grade 1 Alabama and Grade 1 Gazelle on the dirt, and Point of Entry, who registered Grade 1 victories on the turf in the Man o’ War, Sword Dancer Invitational, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational, Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, and Manhattan Handicap. Face the Music’s second dam, Matlacha Pass, produced multiple graded stakes winner/multiple grade 1 placed runner Country Hideaway and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Pleasant Home. His fourth dam, Maplejinsky, won the Grade 1 Alabama and produced Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Sky Beauty. Voyage has produced one winner from two starters, with that runner’s sole victory coming in a turf race.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Joel Rosario


STRONG COFFEE (dark bay or brown colt, Warrior’s Reward—Classic Approval, by With Approval) is a half-brother to Gulch Approval, who on the turf won the Grade 3 Oceanport Handicap and Grade 3 Appleton and was third in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile; Approval Rating, who ran primarily on turf and all-weather surfaces and at Woodbine won the Victoria Park and was second in the Grade 3 Dominion Day Handicap; and Rusty Slipper, who took the Little Silver on the turf at Monmouth Park. Classic Approval, who placed in stakes on the dirt and turf, also produced Moyne Abbey, the dam of Grade 1 TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial and Jim Dandy winner Wicked Strong. Strong Coffee’s second dam, Classic Value, did most of her running in sprints, winning a pair of Grade 3 races and placing in a Grade 1. Classic Value also produced multiple graded stakes winner Class Kris and stakes winner/multiple graded stakes placed Patriot Act.


Owner: Albert Frassetto

Trainer: H. Graham Motion

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $120,000 OBS March 2-year-old (two furlongs in 22 1/5 seconds, video)


MR MONEYPANTS (dark bay or brown colt, Sarava—Bodyguard, by Private Terms) is out of a winning daughter of Fortissima, a Group 1 winner in Chile who was third in a stakes at Santa Anita. Bodyguard, who won five races on the dirt, has produced four winners from as many starters. Two of her starters have won on the turf.

Owner: New Phoenix Stable

Trainer: Wayne Catalano

Jockey: Robby Albarado


DELTA OUTLAW (bay colt, Tiznow—Mistical Plan, by Game Plan) is the first foal out of his dam, a dirt runner who when sprinting won the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap and when routing took the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks and was third in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap.

Owner:  R A Hill Stable

Trainer: George Weaver

Jockey: Joseph Rocco, Jr.

Sales history:  $410,000 Keeneland September yearling


Race 5, All 2-year-olds, six furlongs, dirt, 3:06 p.m.

WAGING WAR (bay colt, War Front—Sidle, by Seeking the Gold) is out of a mare who won a single race on the dirt. Sidle is a half-sister to Patrol, who won three turf stakes and was third in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, and Stroll, who won the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic. Waging War’s second dam, Maid for Walking, was second in a Group 3 in England.


Owner: Columbine Stable

Trainer: Albert Stall, Jr.

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales history: $350,000 Keeneland September yearling


FIRE AWAY(bay colt, War Front—Salute, by Unbridled’s Song) is a half-brother to Mr Speaker, who in July captured the inaugural Grade 1 Belmont Derby Invitational on the turf. The only other starter out of Salute won a single race apiece on dirt, turf, and synthetic surfaces. Salute herself placed in the Grade 2 Demoiselle and Grade 3 Tempted and is a daughter of unbeaten Hall of Famer Personal Ensign, who also produced Grade 1 winners Miner’s Mark, My Flag, and Traditionally.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Jose Ortiz



To be eligible for Forbes’ Firsters, a first-time starter running in a non-statebred race must meet at least one of the following criteria:

? 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

Forbes’ Firsters is a collaboration among Jon Forbes, Susie Raisher, and Lily Pierce