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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, September 1, 2013

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Sunday, September 1, 2013

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

READY PLAYER ONE (dark bay or brown filly, More Than Ready—Beau Dare, by Military) is the first named foal out of her dam, who won the one-mile Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies. Later in her career, she added sprint stakes wins in the Correction Handicap (dirt), Candy Éclair (turf), and Klassy Briefcase (turf). Beau Dare is a half-sister to Turfiste, who sprinted to victory in Black Gold on the turf and the Hansel over an all-weather surface.

Owner: Green Lantern Stable

Trainer: George Arnold, II

Jockey: Alan Garcia

Sales history:  $155,000 Keeneland November weanling


STOCK YARD HEN (bay filly, Rock Hard Ten—Perfect Six, by Saratoga Six) is a half-sister to Buffalo Man, who won at distances ranging from five furlongs to 1 1/16 miles and captured stakes on both dirt and turf. On the grass, Buffalo Man took the Grade 3 Appleton Handicap and Grade 3 Red Bank. Their dam won four dirt stakes: the Moccasin (seven furlongs), the Stormy But Valid Handicap (6 ½ furlongs), the Santa Paula (6 ½ furlongs), and the restricted Torrey Pines (one mile). Perfect Six is a half-sister to Commitisize, who garnered the Grade 3 Cinema Handicap and Grade 2 El Rincon on turf and Grade 3 Arcadia Handicap on dirt, and Rusty Spur, who won two stakes and was Grade 2-placed. Five of six foals out of Perfect Six to race have won.

Owner:  Casner Racing

Trainer: Eoin Harty

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Sales history: $5,000 Keneland January yearling; $30,000 OPS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 4/5 seconds, video)


Race 7, 2-year-old Fillies, Seven Furlongs, Dirt, 4:06 p.m.

PERFECT LA COMETE (bay filly, Perfect Soul—La Comete, by Holy Bull) is a half-sister to Munnings, who as a juvenile was second in the Grade 1 Champagne and third in the Grade 1 Hopeful. He won the Grade 2 Woody Stephens and Grade 2 Tom Fool Handicap as a 3-year-old and at 4 posted a victory in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship. Perfect La Comete also is a half-sister to Munnings Sister, who has won four stakes and was third in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap. Their dam is an unraced half-sister to Lasting Approval, who on the turf won the Grade 2 Oak Tree Derby and placed in a pair of Grade 1 races, and Icon Project, who was victorious in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign.

Owner: Charles E. Fipke

Trainer: Dallas Stewart

Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan


SPANISH GOLD (dark bay or brown filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Promenade Colony, by Pleasant Colony) is a half-sister to Promenade Girl, who annexed the Grade 2 Molly Pitcher Handicap and was third in the Grade 1 Spinster and Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap, and restricted stakes winner Dattts Awesome. Their dam is a winning full-sister to Dance Colony, who won the Grade 2 Astarita and Grade 2 Adirondack as a 2-year-old and later earned a brace of Grade 1 placings. Promenade Colony, who has produced eight winners from 10 starters, also is a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Another Review and No Review.

Owner: Michael J. Ryan

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $120,000 Keeneland September yearling