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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 June 22

Dan Summers

Race 1, 2-year-old fillies, 6 furlongs, turf, 1:30pm
NOBLE READY (dark bay/brown filly, More Than Ready – Aristocratic Lady, by Kris S.), is the fifth foal to race out of the winning Kris S. mare Aristocratic Lady, who won 2 of 12 starts for earnings of $86,594. Unraced as a juvenile, Aristocratic Lady started out her career in France before shipping to America for Vinery Stables. Her only victory in the states came in an allowance race at Churchill Downs, going 1 1/8 miles in a race that was taken off the turf and moved to the main track. Of her previous four starters to run, three are blacktype, including a pair of stakes winners, Western Aristocrat and Zindaya. Western Artistocrat was victorious in the G1 Jamaica Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on the Belmont Park turf before finishing third in the G1 Hollywood Derby at 1 ¼ miles on the turf at Hollywood. Zindaya, who is a full sister to Noble Ready, finished second in a pair of maiden races as a two-year-old before showing signs of improvement. As a four-year-old, she was victorious in the License Fee Stakes (6f, turf, Belmont) and the Intercontinental Stakes (7f, turf, Belmont) for trainer Christophe Clement. After being sold at auction in November of last year and transferred to the barn of Chad Brown, she repeated as winner of the Intercontinental on this first day of this year’s Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. Aristocratic Lady is also the dam of stakes placed Eckersley, the third place finisher in the G3 All American Stakes, going 1 mile on the turf at Golden Gate. Sire More Than Ready broke his maiden impressively in his debut at 2, in route to a total of five wins that year in, including the G3 Tremont at Belmont and G2 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga, both on the dirt. More Than Ready won the G1 King’s Bishop Stakes, 7 furlongs on the dirt, at Saratoga as a three-year-old. Although he never tried the turf, his progeny has won 13% of their grass starts and 11% of their first start overall.

Owner: Cheyenne Stables LLC
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Manuel Franco
Sales History: $180,000 Keeneland November weanling
 
 
 
FAST FRANNY (dark bay/brown filly, Freud – Frankly Fran, by d’Accord) is the 10th foal out of the winning mare Frankly Fran, who won 4 of 21 starts for earnings of $36,635. Of her 9 prior foals, 7 have started, with 5 of those winning, including four full siblings to this runner, led by Franny Freud. Franny Freud won 8 of her 11 career starts, including victories in the G1 Prioress Stakes at Belmont on the dirt and the G2 Beaumont Stakes on the all-weather at Keeneland, Another full sibling to this runner, Sol the Freud was stakes-placed as a two-year-old, finishing second in the New York Stallion Series Stakes. Sire Freud was winless in three starts as a juvenile in England. His progeny has only won 8% of their first starts, but they do win 12% of their total turf starts.
 
Owner: Winter Park Partners and Paradise Farms Corp.
Trainer: Steven Asmussen
Jockey: Luis Saez
 
 
 
COASTED (bay filly, Tizway – Malibu Pier, by Malibu Moon) is the second foal out of the graded-stakes winning mare Malibu Pier, who won 6 of her 14 starts for earnings of $466,200. Unraced as a two-year-old, Malibu Pier won her debut at three before going on to finish second in the G1 La Brea Stakes going 7 furlongs on the dirt at Santa Anita later that year. As a 4YO, she won the G2 Santa Ana Stakes (1 1/8 miles, turf, Santa Anita), the G2 Santa Barbara Handicap (1 ¼ miles, turf, Santa Anita), and the G3 Beverly Hills Handicap (1 ¼ miles, turf, Hollywood Park).  Her only prior foal, Malibu Stacy, is a full sister to this runner. Malibu Stacy was 0-4 as a 2YO and has never tried the turf, but was victorious in her second outing at 3, taking a Maiden Special Weight at Belmont a few weeks ago, sprinting on the dirt. Tizway was winless in one start as a juvenile, and was best known for winning the Met Mile and Whitney Handicap as a 6 year old at Belmont and Saratoga, respectively. His foals have won 7% of their debuts, and 10% of their overall turf starts.
 
Owner: Treadway Racing Stable
Trainer: Leah Gyarmati
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales History: $210,000 Keeneland September yearling
 
 
 
 
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare
* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner
* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare
* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner
* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000
* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000
* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner
* Has a second dam who produced a Grade
 

Big Apple Babies for May 28

Dan Summers


Race 1, 2-year-olds, NY-Bred, 5 furlongs, dirt, 1:30pm

 

FLAGOFPOMEROY (dark bay/brown colt, Pomeroy – Distinctive Flag, by Distinctive Pro), is the sixth foal out of the winning mare Distinctive Flag, whose sole victory came at Saratoga going 7 furlongs on the dirt as a three-year-old. Three of her four foals to race have been winners, including stakes-placed Sailmate, who finished 2nd in the Evan Shipman Stakes, going 1 1/8 miles, and the Clever Electrician Stakes, at 7 furlongs, both on the Saratoga main track. Sailmate ended his career with 5 wins in 27 starts for earnings of $350,983. Distinctive Flag also produced dirt router Cousin Michael, earner of $299,459 and $112,876 earner Jacky Juice, who did her best running in sprints. Distinctive Flag was unraced as a two-year-old and her runners are a combined 0-2 in their two-year-old years. Sire Pomeroy won his debut here at Belmont in June of his two-year-old campaign, before finishing 2nd in the G2 Saratoga Special at Saratoga in August of that year. His progeny have won an impressive 14% of their first starts. Flagofpomeroy was a $47,000 buyback from the Fasig-Tipton NY-Bred Yearling Sale.


Owner: Sugar Maple Farm and Lewis Rapaport
Trainer: Michael Dilger
Jockey: Aaron Gryder

 

RUNAWAY LUTE (dark bay/brown colt, Midnight Lute – Nikki Tootsie, by Waquoit) is the ninth foal out of the unplaced mare Nikki Tootsie. Though six of her seven foals to race have been winners, the best one to date has been her first, stakes winner Judy Soda, whose 9 career victories include the 1 1/8 miles Montauk Handicap at Aqueduct, and back-to-back runnings of the 1 1/8 miles Saratoga Dew Stakes at Saratoga. All of her wins came routing on the dirt, earning $395,567 in her career. Nikki Tootsie is also the dam of dirt sprinter Enniskillen (4-25, $94,560) and turf miler Style Drift (2-4, $108,000). Sire Midnight Lute was an Eclipse Award winning sprinter, who won his sole try at 2, breaking his maiden at 6 furlongs on the dirt at Del Mar. A two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, Midnight Lute retired with earnings of $2,690,000. His progeny win 10% of their first starts, though trainer Gary Contessa’s horses generally need a start under their belt, as he wins with only 5% of his debut runners. Harold Lerner signed the ticket at $77,000 at the Fasig-Tipton NY-Bred Yearling Sale

Owner: Harold Lerner LLC
Trainer: Gary Contessa
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales History: $77,000 Fasig-Tipton NY-Bred yearling

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare
* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner
* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare
* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner
* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000
* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000
* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner
* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner
* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction



 

 

Big Apple Babies for May 27

Dan Summers


Race 1, 2-year-olds, 5 furlongs, dirt, 1:30pm
 
MADE YOU LOOK (dark bay/brown colt, More Than Ready – Night and Day, by Unbridled's Song), is the first foal to race out of the mare Night and Day, who was unplaced in her only career start. Though the dam isn't much to speak of, it only takes a look at the second dam to find royalty in this pedigree. Night and Day was produced by champion and hall of fame inductee Serena's Song. Considered among the best fillies of her generation, Serena's Song won a total of 17 Graded Stakes, including 11 Grade Ones in route to career earnings of $3,283,388. In addition to Night and Day, Serena's Song has produced six stakes winners, led by G1 winner Sophisticat (turf router), G2 winner Harlington (dirt router), and G2 winner Grand Reward (dirt router). Sire More Than Ready won at first asking in April of his two-year-old campaign in route to winning his first five races that year, including a pair of graded stakes. His offspring has won 11% of their first starts. The owners signed the ticket for this one at $360,000 from the Denali Stud consignment at the Keeneland September Yearling sale. After spending the winter at Todd Pletcher's string at Palm Beach Downs, he shipped to Keeneland for two weeks, before being sent to Saratoga, where he's been since the beginning of May.
Owner: Let's Go Stable and Three Chimneys Farm
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales History: $360,000 Keeneland September yearling
 
 
CALIFORNIA SWING (bay colt, Malibu Moon – Haka, by Dynaformer) is second foal to race out of the graded stakes-winning mare Haka. Haka won the G3 Doubledogdare Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the Polytrack at Keeneland. As a three-year old, she finished a closing second in the G1 Las Virgenes Stakes at 1 mile on the Cushion Track at Santa Anita. Haka retired with 3 wins in 16 starts for earnings of $247,464. Her only other foal to hit the track, Watusi, is winless in 14 tries, including three starts at 2. Sire Malibu Moon was lightly raced, but did break his maiden in his second and last career attempt in May of his two-year-old campaign, going five furlongs on the dirt at the now defunct Hollywood Park. His progeny win 13% of their first starts.
OwnerJump Sucker Stable
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
 
 
KEEP QUIET (FR) (bay colt, Elusive City – Luminosity (GB), by Sillery) is the 13th foal out of the winning British mare, Luminosity, whose sole win came in France. Of the 12 previous foals, 10 have started, with 7 winners. Her progeny is led by multiple graded-stakes-winner Little Treasure, who was sent to America from France as a three-year-old. Little Treasure proceeded to take the G2 San Clemente Handicap, going one mile on the turf at Del Mar and the G3 Pucker Up Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the turf at Arlington. She retired with 6 wins in 16 starts for earnings of $305,262. Sire Elusive City was precocious at 2, winning the Group 1 Prix Morny Casinos Barriere at Deauville in France, at six furlongs on the turf. He did not go on to win another race in his career and retired with earnings of $174,404. His foals have won only 7% of their debut performances, and comes into this race with a mere three published workouts. Keep Quiet has been training in Keeneland for trainer Mark Casse. Mark's brother, Justin, bought this one as a weanling for $45,455 at the French Arqana December Breeding Stock sale.
Owner: Gary Barber
Trainer: Mark Casse
Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales History: $45,455 Arqana December Breeding Stock Weanling
 
 
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare
* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner
* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare
* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner
* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000
* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000
* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner
* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner
* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction



 
 

Big Apple Babies for May 19

Dan Summers


Race 1, 2-year-olds, 5 furlongs, dirt, 1:30pm
 

READ MY LIPS (bay colt, Bernardini – Stomping, by Dixieland Band), is the eighth foal, sixth to race, out of the winning mare Stomping. Stomping was unraced as a two-year-old, but finished her career with two turf wins and earnings of $83,311. Her six previous foals to race have been a combined 1-11 in their two-year-old years. She is the dam of graded-stakes winner Cyber Secret, who won the G3 Razorback Handicap and the G2 Oaklawn Handicap, both at 4. She also produced multiple stakes placed $224,896 earner Dontbetwithbruno, who has won all four of his races going long on the dirt. Sire Bernardini was unraced as a juvenile, but did go on to win three Grade 1 races on his way to being named Champion 3-year-old Colt in 2006. His progeny has won 11% of their first starts.


Owner: SJB Stable, Micozzi, Marcello and Kuehne Racing
Trainer: Michael Mareina
Jockey: Luis Saez

Sales History: $85,000 Keeneland November weanling; $130,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

TERMINAL SPEED (bay colt, Harlan's Holiday – Country Diva, by Songandaprayer) is fourth foal to race out of the stakes-winning mare Country Diva. Country Diva won the American Beauty Stakes (Oaklawn), New Year's Eve Stakes (Mountaineer), and the WV Secretary of State Stakes (Mountaineer), all at six furlongs on the dirt and retired with 10 wins in 27 starts for earnings of $328,409. All three of her previous foals to race have won, led by $40,796 earner Rhinestone Diva, but none of them were victorious at 2. Country Diva herself has one win in four attempts as a two-year-old, breaking her maiden at Turfway Park in her fourth start of her career. Sire Harlan's Holidaywon five races as a two-year-old, including the G3 Iroquois Stakes (1 mile, dirt). He went on to win the G1 Florida Derby at 3 and the G1 Donn Handicap at 4. His progeny only win 12% of their first starts, and with an average win distance of 7.5 furlongs, they generally prefer a longer route of ground.

Owner: SJB Stable, Micozzi, Marcello and Kuehne Racing
Trainer: Michael Mareina
Jockey: Manuel Franco

Sales History: $92,000 Keeneland November weanling; $110,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling

 

HONOR RIVER(bay colt, To Honor and Serve – Peace River Lady, by Woodman) is the eighth foal to race out of the stakes-placed Woodman mare, Peace River Lady, who finished second in the G3 Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs, going 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Though unplaced in all six starts on the dirt, she won three of eleven starts on the grass. In addition to Peace River Lady, second dam Bangkok produced stakes winners Eastern Dude (turf router), Scenic Point (dirt router), and River Squall (turf router). From the first crop of To Honor and Serve, Honor River is a half to graded-stakes-winner Heavenly Landing, who took the G3 Marshua's River Stakes (1 1/16 miles, turf) as part of a career that lasted five years with earnings of $313,115. He is also a half to stakes-placed turf router Run of the River (2-12, $80,435). To Honor and Serve won three of four starts as a two-year-old, including the G2 Nashua Stakes and G2 Remsen Stakes, both on the Aqueduct main track. His only starter to date won his debut at Turf Paradise in April. Honor River has been training in Keeneland for trainer Mark Casse.

Owner: John C. Oxley
Trainer: Mark Casse
Jockey: Joel Rosario

Sales History: $150,000 Keeneland November weanling; $195,000 Keeneland September yearling

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
* Is out of a graded-stakes-winning mare
* Is a sibling to a graded-stakes winner
* Is out of a Grade 1-placed mare
* Is a sibling to a Grade 1-placed runner
* Is out of a black-type earning mare who earned at least $300,000
* Is a sibling to a black-type earner who has earned at least $300,000
* Has a second dam who was a Grade 1 winner
* Has a second dam who produced a Grade 1 winner
* Sold for at least $300,000 at auction