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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 25, 2013

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 25, 2013

Race 2, 2-year-old Fillies, 5 ½ Furlongs, Dirt, 1:30 p.m.

POTOSI (bay filly, Badge of Silver—Classy Date, by Saint Ballado) is a half-sister to Jehan, who won a listed sprint stakes at Monmouth Park and also was stakes placed on the turf. Their dam is a placed half-sister to Deputy Warlock, who won the Cradle Stakes as a juvenile and placed in a pair of Grade 3 races. Classy Date has produced five starters, and four have won.

Owner: Starlight Racing

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $125,000 Keeneland September yearling


MEI LING (bay filly, Empire Maker—Lochinvar’s Gold, by Seeking the Gold) is the first foal out of a two-time winning half-sister to Master Command, who took five graded route stakes, including the Grade 2 Meadowlands Cup and Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap. Lochnivar’s Gold also is a half-sister to Aurora Lights, who captured the Grade 3 Sabin.

Owner: Barry Schwartz

Trainer: Michael Hushion

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

Sales history: $500,000 Keeneland September yearling


GRATITUDE (bay filly, Elusive Quality—Tizdubai, by Cee’s Tizzy) is out of a mare who won the Grade 2 Sorrento as a 2-year-old. Tizdubai is a full-sister to Horse of the Year and two-time Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic hero Tiznow, five-time graded stakes victor and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up Budroyale, and California-bred stakes winner Tizbud. Tizdubai has produced one winner from four starters.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.


Race 8, 2-year-old Fillies, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 4:44 p.m.

SABBATICAL (bay filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Daydreaming, by A.P. Indy) is out of a mare who won the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap, Grade 3 Indiana Oaks, and Grade 3 Next Move Handicap. Daydreaming is a full-sister to Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational victor Girolamo and Grade 3 Pilgrim winner/Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap third-place finisher Accelerator. She also is a full-sister to Supercharger, the dam of Grade 1 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, and is a half-sister to stakes winner Harborage. Daydreaming has produced two winners from three starters, with both of her winners having prevailed on the turf. One of them, Imagining, was second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby on grass.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.


ZINZAY (dark bay or brown filly, Smart Strike—Music Room, by Unbridled’s Song) is the first foal to race out of his dam, an unraced half-sister to Music Note, who posted Grade 1 scores in the Beldame, Coaching Club American Oaks, Ballerina, and Mother Goose, and Musical Chimes, a turf runner who captured the Group 1 Poule D’Essai Des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas) and Grade 1 John C. Mabee Handicap.

Owner: Regis Racing

Trainer: George Arnold, II

Jockey: Joseph Rocco, Jr.

Sales history: $250,000 Keeneland September yearling; $700,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)


CROWN QUEEN (dark bay or brown filly, Smart Strike—Delta Princess, by A.P. Indy) is a half-sister to Royal Delta, who has won five Grade 1 races, including two editions of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, and has received the Eclipse Awards for Champion Three-Year-Old Filly and Champion Older Female. A half-brother to Crown Queen, Empire Way, was second in the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis, and another half-sister, Carnival Queen, was third in the Grade 1 Alabama eight days ago. Their dam won a pair of Grade 3 races on the turf: the Grade 3 Mint Julep and the Grade 3 Locust Grove Handicap.

Owner: Beslilu Stables

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Mike Smith

Sales history: $1,600,000 Keeneland November weanling




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