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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



SUMMER SANDS (dark bay/brown colt, Tiznow—Surf Song, by Storm Cat) looks to become the second winner from four foals to race out of his dam, an unraced half-sister to Champion Two-Year-Old Male and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Midshipman and Grade 2 Cotillion heroine Fast Cookie. Surf Song’s lone winner from three previous foals to race is Beachrock, who won at the maiden special weight level at Del Mar.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Michael Luzzi


GENTLEMEN’S HONOR (dark bay/brown colt, A.P. Indy—Ready’s Gal, by More Than Ready) is out of a mare who was second in the Grade 1 Frizette on dirt as a 2-year-old and won four graded stakes on turf later in her career, including the Grade 2 Canadian as a 4-year-old. A half-brother to Ready’s Gal named Go Scotty won stakes on both dirt and turf. Ready’s Gal has produced one winner, Grade 3 Derby Trial hero Machen, from two foals to race.

Owner: Donald A. Adam
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Edgar Prado


BOLD DANCE (gray/roan colt, Pulpit—Quiet Dance, by Quiet American) is a half-brother to Horse of the Year and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Saint Liam, a four-time Grade 1 winner. Other half-siblings to Bold Dance include Grade 2 Molly Pitcher victress Quiet Giant and Grade 3 Bay Meadows Derby winner Congressionalhonor. Quiet Dance herself was a black-type earner, finishing second in the Grade 2 Demoiselle for juvenile fillies and winning a restricted stakes at Pimlico as a 4-year-old.

Owner: Besilu Stables
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Sales history: $350,000 Keeneland September yearling


RYDILLUC (bay colt, Medaglia d’Oro—Swift and Classy, by Clever Trick), out of a restricted stakes winner at Gulfstream Park, is a half-brother to Gold Wonder, who captured a pair of minor turf sprint stakes. Rydilluc’s second dam, Sociable Duck, was second in the Grade 1 Spinaway and produced Seducer, who won a listed stakes, was Grade 3 placed, and produced Grade 3 winner Seducer’s Song; and Silvery Swan, the unraced dam of Grade 1 Haskell Invitational Handicap winner Roman Ruler and Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap victor El Corredor.

Owner: Team Stallion Racing Stable. S. Shay, L. Green, Harold Lerner LLC, et al.
Trainer: Gary Contessa
Jockey: Pablo Morales
Sales history: $55,000 Keeneland September yearling; $150,000 Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 3/5 seconds, video)




TOKYO TIME (bay filly, Medaglia d’Oro—Flying Passge, by A.P. Indy) is a half-sister to turf filly Hungry Island, who has won the Grade 2 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid and Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile and earned Grade 1 placings in the Longines Just a Game and First Lady. A half-brother to Tokyo Time, Soaring Empire, won the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope on the dirt. Their dam, who has three winners from as many foals to race, is a winning half-sister to Grade 2 Ladies Handicap heroine Tara Roma and Grade 2 True North Handicap victor Waldoboro.

Owner: Emory A. Hamilton
Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III
Jockey: Eddie Castro


FLOTILLA (gray/roan filly, Mizzen Mast—Helstra, by Nureyev) is a full-sister to Stern Opinion, a turf sprinter who won listed stakes and placed in Group 3 events in France at the ages of 2, 3, and 4. Dr Arbatach, a half-brother to Flotilla, won 30 races in Puerto Rico, including a pair of stakes on the dirt. Their dam is a winning half-sister to dual stakes victor Stormy Atlantic and listed stakes winner Mr. Katowice.

Owner: Juddmonte Farms
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado


SWITCHBOARD (dark bay/brown filly, Bernardini—High Speed Access, by Kingmambo) is out of a mare who won a minor turf stakes at Calder. Switchboard’s second dam, Speed Dialer, captured the Grade 2 Arlington-Washington Lassie and also produced Storm Alert, a listed stakes winner on turf at Keeneland.

Owner: Jennifer Contessa
Trainer: Gary Contessa
Jockey: Pablo Morales
Sales history: $160,000 Keeneland September yearling


HOW CHEEKY (dark bay/brown filly, Mr. Greeley—Barbette, by High Yield) is out of a two-time turf stakes winner and is a grandson of a mare who won five minor stakes in Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Siblings to How Cheeky’s dam include Diamond on the Run, winner of the Grade 2 Davona Dale and second in the Grade 1 Frizette, and Tropical Blossom, who won a minor stakes at Golden Gate Fields and was Grade 1 placed at Hollywood Park.

Owner: Dennis Narlinger
Trainer: Michelle Nihei
Jockey: Alan Garcia
Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling


CHANNEL OF GOLD (bay filly, Bernardini—Cross Channel, by Giant’s Causeway) is the first foal to race out of her three-time winning dam, a half-sister to Exchange Rate, who took the Grade 2 Tom Fool Handicap on dirt and was third in the Grade 2 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap on turf, and Sabre d’Argent, a Group 3 winner in England. Channel of Gold’s second dam, won a Grade 3 on the dirt at the Meadowlands.

Owner: Anthony Mitola, Mike Ryan & Niall Brennan
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
Sales history: $100,000 Keeneland September yearling


NEVER TOUCH A STAR (gray/roan filly, Henrythenavigator—Mekko Hokte, by Holy Bull) is out of a mare who won the Delta Miss at Louisiana Downs as a 2-year-old. All three foals out of Mekko Hokte to race have won, including My Jen, victorious in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom Handicap.

Owner: Windmill Manor Farm
Trainer: Eddie Kenneally
Jockey: Jose Lezcano