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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.


Big Apple Babies for January 30

Dan Summers


Race 1, 3-year-olds, 6 furlongs, dirt, 12:20pm

WHISKEY REBEL (dk.bay/brown colt, Majestic Warrior – Rapid City Kitty, by Tale of the Cat), is the son of graded stakes winner Majestic Warrior, winner of the G1 Hopeful at Saratoga as a two-year-old. Dam Rapid City Kitty has produced four previous foals to race, all winners, including 100k earner Run Lady Run. Rapid City Kitty is a half-sister to 1993 G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Phone Chatter, who amassed earnings of $838,742 in her four year career.

Owner: Chalk Racing

Trainer: Bruce Brown

Jockey: Michael Luzzi

Sales History: $75,000 Keeneland September yearling


OASHAAR (bay colt, Street Cry (IRE) – Habibti, by Tabasco Cat), is the son of champion Street Cry, winner of $943,675 over an illustrious career that included wins in the G1 Stephen Foster Handicap and G1 Dubai World Cup, both as a four-year-old. Oashaar is out of multiple G1 winner, Habibti, who took both the G1 Hollywood Starlet and G1 Del Mar Debutante at 2. Habibti has had six previous foals hit the track, including graded stakes winner and millionaire Eldaafer, who captured the 2010 G3 Breeders’ Cup Marathon as a five-year-old, a year after winning the 1½ mile G2 Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont. Habibti is also the dam of Aqueduct stakes winner Muhaawara, who won the Sky Beauty Stakes in her last career start over the inner track.

Owner: Shadwell Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Eric Cancel



Race 5, 3-year-olds, NY-Bred, 6 furlongs, dirt, 2:20pm

ROSS BOSS (dk.bay/brown colt, Discreetly Mine – Semichi, by Brushed On), a homebred for James Doyle, is the third foal to race out of NY-bred Semichi, a hard-knocking starter of 64 races over her six year career. The other two foals to race out of this dam include $142,602 earner Island Therapy and a full sister to Ross Boss, named Little Nell, who broke her maiden at Finger Lakes last year as a three-year-old. Semichi is out of Frankly Fran, dam of G1 Prioress S. winner Franny Freud and stakes placed winner Sol the Freud. Ross Boss is shipping up from Kentucky to make his debut in this spot.

Owner: James G. Doyle

Trainer: Mark Hubley

Jockey: Kendrick Carmouche