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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 4, 2013

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, August 4, 2013

Race 2, 2-year-old Fillies, 1 1/16 Miles, Turf, 1:30 p.m.

TEMPERS FLAIR (chestnut filly, Smart Strike—Cloudburst, by Storm Cat) looks to become the second winner from as many foals to race out of her dam, who won the Mardi Gras Stakes sprinting on the turf at the Fair Grounds. Cloudburst is a daughter of stakes winner Harbor Springs, who also produced Champion Two-Year-Old Male Boston Harbor, whose accomplishments included wins in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Grade 2 Breeders’ Futurity.

Owner: Mark H. Stanley

Trainer: H. Graham Motion

Jockey: Joe Rocco, Jr.

Sales history: $375,000 Keeneland September yearling


FIERCE BOOTS (bay filly, Tiznow—Shop Again, by Wild Again) is a half-sister to Power Broker, who won last year’s Grade 1 Front Runner and this year’s Easy Goer. On Sunday, Power Broker was a distant second to Verrazano in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational. Fierce Boots’ dam won a stakes on the dirt at Remington Park and is a half-sister to Miss Shop, who captured the Grade 1 Personal Ensign; and Trappe Shot, who took the Grade 2 True North Handicap and placed in a pair of Grade 1 races.

Owner: Bobby Flay

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $200,000 Keeneland September yearling


Race 5, 2-year-old Fillies, Six Furlongs, Dirt, 3:03 p.m.

GARZONI (bay filly, Bernardini—La Galerie, by Southern Halo) is out of a sprinter who won a Group 1 in Argentina and later added placings in the Grade 2 Genuine Risk Handicap and Grade 2 Distaff Handicap. La Galerie is a full-sister to multiple Argentine Group 1 winner Gouache and a half-sister to Argentine Group 1 winner Apeles. La Galerie has produced two winners from eight starters.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Luis Saez


GUILTY VERDICT (bay filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Smuggler, by Unbridled) is out of the 2005 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly who won the Grade 1 Mother Goose and Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks. Smuggler is the only black type earner out of her dam, Champion Older Female and six-time Grade 1 winner Inside Information. Smuggler has yet to produce a winner from three starters.

Owner: Phipps Stable

Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III

Jockey: Javier Castellano