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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, July 28, 2013

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, July 28, 2013

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

RAU BREK (chestnut filly, Mr. Greeley—Tawaaded, by Nashwan) is a half-sister to two-time Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap hero Shakis, who also placed in two Grade 1 races in the United States and in group stakes in France and the United Arab Emirates. A half-sister to Rau Brek, Sahaat, was stakes placed in France. Rau Brek’s second dam, Thaidah, won a stakes and was group-stakes placed in England and was a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Glorious Song and Devil’s Bag.

Owner: Landaluce Educe Stables & Magdalena Racing

Trainer: Kenneth McPeek

Jockey: David Cohen

Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling


SAMURAI’S HONOR (chestnut filly, First Samurai—Trip, by Lord at War) is out of a mare who won three graded stakes, including two editions of the Grade 3 Turfway Breeders’ Cup Stakes. As a broodmare, Trip has produced Passport, who won the Cradle on the dirt at River Downs as a 2-year-old. Samurai’s Honor’s second dam was a listed stakes winner who produced additional stakes winners Laity and Joke, with the latter later becoming the dam of three-time Grade 1-winning sprinter Zensational.

Owner: West Point Thoroughbreds & Gunpowder Farms

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Sales history: $85,000 Keeneland September yearling


ILAPA (dark bay/brown filly, Rock Hard Ten—Catinca, by Storm Cat) is out of a mare who won six graded stakes on the dirt ranging in distance from 6 ½ furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. Her biggest win came in the Grade 1 Ruffian Handicap at 1 1/16 miles. Catinca has produced three winners from six starters, including Managed Account, who won the Toccet for 2-year-olds at Aqueduct. She has produced no winners on the turf.

Owner: Richard C. Pell

Trainer: Nicholas Zito

Jockey: Jose Lezcano

Sales history: $70,000 Keeneland November weanling; $280,000 Keeneland September yearling


MURMURE (chestnut filly, Lemon Drop Kid—Melody Maiden, by Saint Ballado) is a half-sister to Medolina, who won the Tweedside overnight stakes at Belmont Park on the turf. Another half-sister, Skating, was stakes placed on the grass. Their dam finished third in a turf stakes at Mountaineer Racetrack.

Owner: Wertheimer & Frere

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano


SPANGLED BANNER (bay filly, Tiz Wonderful—Eastern Ruckus, by Eastern Echo) is half-sister to Ladyecho, who won the Dearly Precious at Aqueduct and Marshua at Laurel going short and placed in the Grade 2 Cotillion Handicap and Grade 3 Delaware Oaks going long. Another half-sister, Whatdreamsrmadeof, was third in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks. Five of six foals out of Eastern Ruckus, an unraced half-sister to stakes winner Gold Star Deputy, have won, none on turf.

Owner: Casner Racing

Trainer: Eoin Harty

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Sales history: $55,000 Keeneland November weanling


STRIKING STYLE (dark bay or brown filly, Smart Strike—Rahy Dolly, by Rahy) is out of a mare who finished second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet as a 2-year-old. Rahy Dolly has three winners from four foals to race, including Aquitaine, who finished third in the Grade 3 Noble Damsel on the turf.

Owner: Skara Glen Stables

Trainer: Michael Matz

Jockey: Joseph Rocco, Jr.

Sales history: $280,000 Keeneland September yearling


GRANNY MC’S KITTEN (bay filly, Kitten’s Joy—Granny Franny, by Grand Slam) is a full-sister to Kitten’s Dumplings, who won the Grade 2 Lake George on Wednesday. Kitten’s Dumplings has also won the Grade 3 Regret and the La Senorita and Edgewood, all on the turf.

Owner: Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Joel Rosario