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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.



Jon Forbes



FIRE GUARD (2yo dark bay/brown colt, First Defence—Quickfire, by Dubai Millennium) is out of a mare who placed in a pair of Group 3 races in England. Quickfire has two other foals of racing age, both winners in England, including stakes-placed runner Ultrasonic. Fire Guard’s second dam, Daring Miss, was a Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed in France.

Owner: Juddmonte Farms
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado


ELECTROMAGNETIC (2yo bay colt, Henrythenavigator—Wind in My Wings, by Sligo Bay) is the first foal out of his dam, winner of the Jessamine on turf at Keeneland as a 2-year-old. Wind in My Wings is also out of a stakes winner, being a daughter of a mare who won a minor stakes going long on dirt at Fort Erie.

Owner: My Meadowview Farm
Trainer: Wesley Ward
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $90,000 Keeneland September yearling


TOWN HALL (2yo bay colt, Indygo Shiner—Susan’s Angel, by Cape Town) is a son of a mare who won the Grade 3 Turfway Breeders’ Cup. Susan’s Angel never tried the turf in 14 career starts. Two of Susan’s Angel’s seven siblings to race won, none on turf. Her best sibling was Adorable Jane, who took a non-black-type stakes at Delaware Park and was second in a minor stakes at Monmouth Park. Town Hall, Susan’s Angel’s fourth foal, looks to become his dam’s first winner. He was the second most expensive of 45 yearlings by his sire to sell at public auction in 2011.

Owner: James S. Karp
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history:  $160,000 Keeneland September yearling


CREDIT CALL (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Stars Indy Skies, by A.P. Indy) is out of a placed daughter of Advancing Star, who won a pair of Grade 3 turf sprints and won the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap and earned Grade 1 placings in the Hollywood Starlet and Santa Monica Handicap on dirt. Stars Indy Skies’ lone foal to race, Storm Crossed, broke his maiden on Arlington Park’s artificial main track and has won twice on dirt at Fairmount Park.

Owner: Robert C. Baker & William L. Mack
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Edgar Prado
Sales history: $340,000 Keeneland September yearling


CHARMING KITTEN (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Kitten’s Joy—Iteration, by Wild Again) is a full-brother to Queen’splatekitten, who won last year’s Marine Stakes on Woodbine’s artificial main track and was second in the Grade 3 Saranac on turf. Their dam has produced three total foals to race and one other winner, Pat’s Kitten, who has won a maiden claimer on dirt and a conditioned claimer on turf. 

Owner: Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano



HONORABLE DILLON (2yo gray/roan colt, Tapit—Shy Greeting, by Shy Tom) is a half-sister to Forty Greeta, who was named Champion Two-Year-Old Filly in Argentina after winning three group races, including the Group 1 Premio Estrellas Juvenile Fillies-Blaquier. Forty Greeta later produced sprinter Fort Hughes, who won the Jimmy Winkfield during his abbreviated career.
Owner: Joseph Bucci
Trainer: Eddie Kenneally
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 4/5 seconds, video)

NEW LINE (2yo dark bay/brown colt, First Defence—Introducing, by Deputy Minister) is out of a winning half-sister to turf runners Midships, who took the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap, and Principal Role, who won four listed stakes and was Group 3-placed in England and this spring at Belmont was third in the Grade 3 Beaugay and Grade 3 Sheepshead Bay. One of Introducing’s three previous foals to race has won. That runner, Short Supply, won three races in England.

Owner: Juddmonte Farms
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado


NORTH SLOPE (2yo bay colt, Elusive Quality—Jinni, by A.P. Indy), out of a mare who was third in the Calder Oaks, is a grandson of Ajina, who annexed the Grade 2 Demoiselle and Grade 3 Tempted as a 2-year-old and was named Champion Three-Year-Old Filly after capturing the Grade 1 Mother Goose, Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks, and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Ajina also purchased Stymie Handicap winner Manchurian. Jinni has produced one other foal, two-time winner Next Page.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez


TIZRACER (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Tiznow—G City Gal, by Elusive Quality) is out of a sprinter who placed in six graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap. G City Gal’s only other named foal is unraced. Tizracer was the second most expensive of 45 yearlings by his sire to sell at public auction in 2011.

Owner: Alto Racing
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $450,000 Keeneland September yearling