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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



ROSE JUNCTION (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Dixie Union—Sandra’s Rose, by Old Trieste) hails from a family of runners who have performed best on turf. He is the third foal and first to race out of his dam, who won a restricted, non-black-type stakes on turf at Hollywood Park and placed in a pair of Grade 3 races down the hill at Santa Anita. Sandra’s Rose, out of a two-time stakes-placed turf runner, is a half-sister to Mananan McLir, winner of the Grade 2 American Derby and second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby, and Charming N Lovable, who took Hollywood’s listed Flawlessly Stakes.

Owner: Starlight Racing
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $310,000 Keeneland September yearling

SUMMER SHINER (2yo chestnut colt, Indygo Shiner—Fabled Flyer, by Fusaichi Pegasus) looks to become his dam’s second winner from as many foals to race out. Fabled Flyer, who has three total foals of racing age, is an unraced half-sister to Willa on the Move, winner of the Grade 3 Honorable Miss and second in the Grade 1 Acorn.

Owner: Lady Sheila Stable
Trainer: Kenneth McPeek
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Sales history: $37,000 Keeneland September yearling

RED WINGS (2yo chestnut colt, English Channel—Heavenly Ransom, by Red Ransom) is set to be the first starter out of his dam, who captured the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap on turf and who has one other foal of racing age. Heavenly Ransom has a pair of half-siblings who were stakes winners on turf and graded stakes-placed on dirt: Capitano, who captured four black-type events on turf and placed in three graded stakes, including the Grade 2 Best Pal and Grade 2 Norfolk for juveniles; and Dilemma, victorious in the Grade 3 Daytona down the hill at Santa Anita at the age of 7 and second in that venue’s Sunny Slope Stakes as a 2-year-old.

Owner: Bluegrass Hall
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Corey Nakatani