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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 Thursday, August 15, 2013

Jon Forbes

Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, August 15, 2013

Race 3, All 2-year-olds, Five Furlongs, Dirt, 2:00 p.m.

TONY B (chestnut colt, Old Fashioned—Teruko, by Coronado’s Quest) is out of a mare who has produced two winners from two starters, including Safe Trip, who has won stakes at Sunland Park and Zia Park and was second in the Grade 3 Jersey Shore at Monmouth Park. Teruko is a winning half-sister to Grade 3 Honorable Miss heroine Willa On the Move and listed stakes winner Grecian Maiden.

Owner: My Meadowview Farm

Trainer: Nicholas Zito

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $100,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling; $500,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 2/5 seconds, video)


DIVINE ENERGY (gray/roan colt, Tapit—Pure Symmetry, by Storm Cat) is out of a placed daughter of Hall of Famer Serena’s Song, who won 12 Grade 1 races between the ages of 2 and 4, including the Haskell Invitational Handicap against males. As a broodmare, Serena’s Song produced stakes winners Sophisticate (Group 1), Grand Reward (Grade 2), Harlington (Grade 2), Schramsberg (Grade 3), and Serena’s Tune. Pure Symmetry has produced two winners from as many starters.

Owner: WinStar Farm

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $390,000 Keeneland September yearling