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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 17, 2014

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 17, 2014

Race 3, 2-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles, turf, 2:04 p.m.

CARTA DE ORO (bay filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Communique, by Smart Strike) is the second foal out of her dam, who won the Grade 3 Bewitch and Grade 3 Modesty Handicap and placed in the Grade 1 Beverly D. and Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational. Communique, a half-sister to stakes winner Final Count, has produced Woodfield Springs, a winner on the turf who was third in this year’s Grade 3 Transylvania over Keeneland’s Polytrack.

Owner: G. Watts Humphrey, Jr.

Trainer: George Arnold II

Jockey: Brian Hernandez, Jr.


Race 5, 2-year-old fillies, 6 ½ furlongs, dirt, 3:10 p.m.

COVER UP (gray/roan filly, Tapit—Collusion, by Broad Brush) looks to become the third winner from as many foals to race out of his dam, a placed half-sister to Smuggler, named Champion Three-Year-Old Filly after winning the Grade 1 Mother Goose and Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks. Cover Up’s second dam is Hall of Famer and Champion Older Female Inside Information, who posted Grade 1 scores in the Ashland, Acorn, Breeders’ Cup Distaff, Spinster, Ruffian Handicap, and Shuvee Handicap. Inside Information herself is a half-sister to dual Grade 1 winner Educated Risk.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey III

Jockey: Joel Rosario


DIVINE PRAISES (bay filly, by Medaglia d’Oro—Grand Prayer, by Grand Slam) is a half-sister to Malibu Prayer, who took the Grade 1 Ruffian Invitational Handicap, and Valid, who won this year’s Grade 2 Monmouth Cup. Their dam won a minor stakes at Monmouth Park and is a half-sister to Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan heroine Tap Dance and Grade 1 Carter Handicap victor Swagger Jack.

Owner: Besilu Stables & Three Chimneys Farm

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado



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 between Jon Forbes and Susie Raisher.