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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 Sunday, August 10, 2014

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 10, 2014

Race 4, 2-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 2:37 p.m.

FLYING TIPAT(bay filly, Tapit—Flying Marlin, by Marlin) is a full-sister to Tapitsfly, who won five stakes on the turf, including the Grade 1 Longines Just a Game, Grade 1 First Lady, and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Two of five starters out of Flying Marlin have won, both on the turf. Flying Marlin herself won four races, three on the grass.

Owner: Frank L. Jones Jr.

Trainer: Dale Romans

Jockey: Robby Albarado


MISS ALWAYS READY (dark bay or brown filly, More Than Ready—Miss Seffens, by Dehere) is a full-sister to More Than Real, who won the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and was third in the Grade 1 Garden City. Their dam was a sprinter who won stakes at Turfway Park, Oaklawn, Prairie Meadows, Ellis Park, and Keeneland. She was unplaced in her lone turf start. Miss Seffens has produced two winners from four starters, with More Than Ready being her only turf winner.

Owner: Three Chimneys Farm

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $400,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 9 3/5 seconds, video)


HAIL CORNELL (bay filly, All American—Cayuga’s Waters, by Langfuhr) is a half-sister to Glorious View, who won the Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap on the dirt; Cascadilla Falls, who took the Lucy Scribner on the turf; and Highball, third in this year’s Grade 3 American Derby on the grass. Their dam won four races, including an off-the-turf edition of the Pebbles at Belmont.

Owner: Laue Ranch

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado


TRENSITA (chestnut filly, Curlin—Trensa, by Giant’s Causeway) is the first foal out of her dam, who was third in the Grade 3 Robert G. Dick handicap on the turf and is a half-sister to Batique, a three-time graded stakes winner on the grass. Trensita’s second dam, Serape, was a sprinter who won the Grade 1 Ballerina.

Owner: Helen K. Groves

Trainer: Michael Matz

Jockey: Luis Saez


Race 7, 2-year-old fillies, 5 ½ furlongs, dirt, 4:18 p.m.

BLAME DIXIE (dark bay or brown filly, Blame—I’m From Dixie, by Dixieland Band) is the second starter out of his dam, a placed half-sister to four stakes winners: Sweet Vendetta, who took the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan; Half Heaven, who won four stakes at Turfway Park; Love Cove, a two-time stakes winner on the turf against New York-breds; and Doll Baby, who captured a restricted stakes at Finger Lakes. I’m From Dixie’s only starter to date is unplaced in two starts.

Owner: Bridlewood Farm & Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $150,000 Keeneland November weanling; $300,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)


CORALBEACH (bay filly, Tale of the Cat—Coral Genius, by Smart Strike) is a half-sister to Desert Power, a two-time winner of the Group 2 Premio Seleccion de Velocistas in Chile. Their dam, who has produced four winners from four starters, is an unraced half-sister to Cool Coal Man, who won the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth and was third in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational; and Kathleens Reel, a stakes winner at Hawthorne and Delta Downs.

Owner: Sumaya US Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano


PUCA (bay filly, Big Brown—Boat’s Ghost, by Silver Ghost) is a half-sister to Finnegans Wake, who has won the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap and finished third in the Grade 1 Secretariat. Their dam, who was second in a stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Prairie Meadows, has produced three winners from as many starters.

Owner: Donegal Racing

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Sales history: $90,000 Keeneland September yearling


I’LL SHOW ME (bay filly, Bernardini—Pacific Spell, by Langfuhr) is a half-sister to Proud Spell, who annexed the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, Grade 1 Alabama, Grade 2 Delaware Oaks, and Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks en route to being named Champion Three-Year-Old Filly. At 2, Proud Spell was second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Their dam has produced three winners from four starters. I’ll Show Me was the most expensive of 25 yearlings by Bernardini to sell at auction in 2013.

Owner: Baumann Stables & Aaron Sones

Trainer: H. Graham Motion

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Sales history: $1.3 million Keeneland September yearling


TREASURE (bay filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Proposal, by Mt. Livermore) is a half-sister to four stakes winners. The most accomplished of the group is Inspired, a sprinter who won five stakes on the turf and one on the dirt. The group also includes Elope, winner of a minor stakes at Churchill Downs and runner-up in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap; Imitation, who took the listed Glorious Song Stakes at Woodbine as a 2-year-old; and Silver City, winner of the Dixieland and second in the Grade 3 Southwest at Oaklawn Park. Their dam was second in the listed Dearly Precious at Aqueduct Racetrack and is a full-sister to Multiple Choice, who posted Grade 3 triumphs in the Sport Page Handicap, Gravesend Handicap, and Jaipur and was third in the Grade 1 Forego.

Owner: Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds

Trainer: James Jerkens

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh



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