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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, July 27, 2013

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Saturday, July 27, 2013

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, Turf, 1:30 p.m.

INDIGO KITTEN (chestnut colt, Kitten’s Joy—Blue Holiday, by Cure the Blues) is a full-brother to Holiday for Kitten, who has won Keeneland’s Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America over the all-weather and the Giant’s Causeway on the turf. Both wins came in sprints. As a 2-year-old, Holiday for Kitten was second in the Grade 3 Miesque going long on grass. Notonthesamepage, a half-brother to Indigo Kitten, was a sprinter who won the Spectacular Bid on dirt at Gulfstream Park.

Owner: Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey

Trainer: Wesley Ward

Jockey: Joel Rosario


DIVORCE PARTY (bay colt, Broken Vow—Pink Champagne, by Awesome Again) is out of a mare who won the Grade 3 Natalma on the turf as a 2-year-old. Pink Champagne is a full-sister to stakes-placed Awesome Moment and a half-sister to stakes winner Z Appeal. Divorce Party’s second dam, Turkappeal, was a turf runner who won three stakes and placed in three graded stakes.

Owner: Qatar Racing

Trainer: H. Graham Motion

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $160,000 Keeneland September yearling


BOBBY’S KITTEN (bay colt, Kitten’s Joy—Celestial Woods, by Forestry) is a full-brother to Major Magic, who as a 2-year-old won the Chenery, a turf sprint at Colonial Downs. Major Magic also won a non-black-type turf stakes over a route of ground at Turf Paradise.

Owner: Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Joel Rosario


Race 3, All 2-year-olds, Six Furlongs, Dirt, 2:00 p.m.

VIGORISH (dark bay or brown colt, English Channel—Golden Attraction, by Mr. Prospector) is out of the winner of the 1995 Grade 2 Schuylerville, Grade 1 Spinaway, Grade 1 Matron, and Grade 1 Frizette. In her final start as a 2-year-old, Golden Attraction was third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. At 3, she won the Grade 2 Turfway Breeders’ Cup Stakes. Golden Attraction is a full-sister to Group 3 winner Red Carnival and Grade 3 winner Cape Canaveral, and is a half-sister to Grade 1 Florida Derby victor Cape Town. As a broodmare, Golden Attraction has produced Gold Trader, who won the listed Golden State Mile as a 3-year-old, and Grade 3-placed runners Swift Attraction and Big Top Cat.


Owner: Calumet Farm

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Junior Alvarado


A TOUCH OF POETRY (gray/roan colt, Birdstone—Overandabeauty, by Grand Slam) is the first foal out of his dam, a two-time stakes-placed half-sister to Grade 1 Wood Memorial winner Tapit.

Owner: My Meadowview Farm

Trainer: Nicholas P. Zito

Jockey: Junior Alvarado


JUSTIN NGUYEN (bay colt, Harlan’s Holiday—Coli Bear, by Formal Dinner) looks to become the first winner out of his dam, a sprinter who captured minor stakes at Monmouth Park, Delaware Park, and Finger Lakes and was third in the Grade 3 Endine Handicap. Her only other foal of racing age, Missthewayshemoves, is winless in three starts.

Owner: Bree-N-Me

Trainer: Nick Canani

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $65,000 Keeneland September yearling


BAY OF BISCAY (bay colt, Giant’s Causeway—Good Vibes, by Unbridled’s Song) is a half-brother to Warning Flag (now named Sweet Orange), who has won the Star Appeal stakes in Ireland and the Hong Kong Classic Mile. He is also Group placed in Ireland and Group 1 placed in Hong Kong. Bay of Biscay’s dam, who won a single race in four starts, has produced five winners from seven starters.

Owner: Michael Tabor, John Magnier & Derrick Smith

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $750,000 Keeneland September yearling