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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, July 25, 2013

Jon Forbes


Forbes’ Firsters for Thursday, July 25, 2013

Race 2, All 2-year-olds, five furlongs, dirt, 1:35 p.m.

CORFU (bay colt, Malibu Moon—Fashion Cat, by Forest Wildcat) topped this year’s Barretts March sale when he was purchased for $675,000. His dam won a single race, a maiden special weight at Monmouth Park as a 3-year-old, in three starts, and has produced two winners from three starters. Corfu’s second dam, Hold to Fashion, won two races and produced Peace Rules, who posted Grade 1 wins in the Blue Grass, Haskell Invitational Handicap, Suburban Handicap, and two-time Charles Town stakes winner Wild Fashion.

Owner: Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier & Derrick Smith

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

Sales history: $185,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearlings; $675,000 Barretts March 2-year-old (two furlongs in 20 4/5 seconds, video)


CRESCENT (bay colt, More Than Ready—Lovely Isle, by Double Honor) is the first foal out of his dam, who sprinted to victory in the Kalookan Queen Handicap and was second going two turns in the Grade 1 Virgenes. Lovely Isle won her first two starts, a maiden claimer and a starter allowance for 2-year-old fillies at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Owner: Bruce Lunsford

Trainer: William Mott

Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales history: $215,000 Keeneland September yearling


PURE SENSATION (gray/roan colt, Zensational—Pure Disco, by Disco Rico) is out of a mare who was primarily a sprinter and won seven stakes races at Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands. Four of those stakes wins came against restricted company. Pure Sensation is Pure Disco’s first foal.

Owner: Patricia A. Generazio

Trainer: Christophe Clement

Jockey: Jose Lezcano


Race 5, 2-year-old fillies, five furlongs, dirt, 3:11 p.m.

CRYSTALROCKET (dark bay or brown filly, A. P. Warrior—Queen of Millbrook, by Distinctive Pro) is out of a mare who won a pair of stakes for New York-bred fillies: the Lady Finger for 2-year-olds and the New York Oaks for 3-year-olds. Four of Queen of Millbrook’s five foals to race have won, including nine-time winning sprinter Reine Des Coeurs.

Owner: Leonard C. Green, Sean Shay, Henry E. Baker & Peter K. Baker

Trainer: Gary Contessa

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

Sales history: $3,200 Keeneland January yearling; $57,000 OBS April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)


SNOWBELL (gray/roan filly, Tapit—Burmilla, by Storm Cat) is out of a sprinter who won her first four starts, capped by a victory in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap. A full-sister to Burmilla, Magicalmysterycat, won four stakes a 2-year-old, including the Grade 2 Landaluce and Grade 2 Schuylerville. Burmilla has produced two other starters, with the lone winner being Hastings Park maiden winner Stratify.

Owner: Darley Stable

Trainer: Thomas Albertrani

Jockey: Luis Saez


MOBILIZE (bay filly, War Front—Katy Smiles, by Limit Out) is out of a mare who won races between the ages of 2 and 5, all in sprints. Katy Smiles won three stakes at Canterbury Park and one stakes at Turf Paradise and is half-sister to four-time stakes winner Straight Face. Her only other foal of racing age is winless in four starts.

Owner: Stuart S. Janney, III

Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Sales history: $220,000 Keeneland September yearling


JERRY LOVE (bay filly, Not For Love—Jerry Bomb, by Explosive Bid) is a full-sister to Akronism, who won the Grade 3 Seaway over the all-weather, the Grade 2 Royal North on the grass, and the Skipat, Jostle, and the restricted Maryland Million Distaff Handicap on the dirt. Six of Jerry Love’s siblings to race have won.

Owner: Robert S. Evans

Trainer: Michael Trombetta

Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez

Sales history: $70,000 Keeneland November weanling