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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.



Jon Forbes



QEYAAS (2yo bay colt, Haafhd—Shawahid, by A.P. Indy) is the third foal and second to race out of his dam, an unraced half-sister to Ghanaati, who won the Group 1 English 1000 Guineas and Group 1 Coronation. Rumoush, another-half-sister to Shawahid, won a listed stakes and was third in the Group 1 Epsom Oaks, while Mawatheeq, a half-brother, took a Group 3 and was second in the Group 1 Champion Stakes.

Owner: Shadwell Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Alan Garcia

COPPER BEECHES (2yo chestnut colt, Big Brown—York Woods, by Mining) is a half-brother to turf horse Middlesex Drive, who earned Grade 2 victories in the Dixie, Bernard Baruch Handicap, and Kelso Handicap, and was third in the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap. Nine of York Woods’ 11 foals to race are winners, including three on turf.

Owner: Merrylegs Farm
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling

LEMON DROP DREAM (2yo bay colt, Lemon Drop Kid—Dreamlike, by Storm Cat) is a half-sister to Denomination, who won a Group 3 in France and since her arrival in the United States has posted Grade 3 scores on turf in the Hillsborough, Violet, and Athenia. Woke Up Dreamin, a half-brother to Lemon Drop Dream, won the Grade 2 True North Handicap and Grade 3 Smile Sprint Handicap on dirt. They’re out of an unraced daughter of Hall of Fame inductee Flawlessly, who captured the Grade 3 Tempted on dirt as a juvenile before going on to win nine Grade 1 races on turf between the ages of 3 and 6.

Owner: Mike McCarty
Trainer: Steven Asmussen
Jockey: Julien Leparoux

SPECIAL SKILLS (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Bernstein—Kentucky Whisper, by Southern Halo) is a half-sister to turf runner Love to Tell, who won four stakes in Louisiana and Texas and was third in the Grade 3 Ouija Board Distaff Handicap. Economic Swoon, a half-brother, has won five races to date, all on dirt, and was third in a Belmont overnight stakes for juveniles in his second start.

Owner: Richard Santulli
Trainer: Alan Goldberg
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $140,000 Keeneland September yearling; $200,000 OBS March 2-year-old (two furlongs in 21 2/5 seconds, video)

SARJINSKY (2yo chestnut colt, Raven’s Pass—Dinka Raja, by Woodman) is a half-brother to Carry On Katie, who in her brief career won three of four starts, including England’s Group 1 Cheveley Park for 2-year-old fillies. Dinka Raja has produced four winners from seven foals to race, including three turf winners. Sarjinksy will attempt to become the first North American winner for his freshman sire.

Owner: Rudolf Stephen
Trainer: Tom Foley
Jockey: David Cohen
Sales history: $90,000 Keeneland September yearling