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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



DOWAGER (bay filly, A.P. Indy—Marietta, by Machiavellian) is out of a mare who won the Grade 3 Iowa Oaks and Grade 3 Arlington Oaks. Marietta, a half-sister to French stakes winner Thousand Island, is a daughter of Grade 2 Demoiselle heroine Minister Wife. Dowager has one sibling of racing age, Consortium, who debuted a winner last November at Aqueduct Racetrack. Consortium is by Bernardini, the sire of A.P. Indy.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.


WINNING SCOOP (dark bay/brown filly, Bernardini—Scoop, by Gone West) is a half-sister to Coolwind, who was third in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie and Grade 3 Pocahontas as a 2-year-old before going on to win a pair of minor stakes and add a placing in the Grade 3 Arlington Oaks later in her career. Their dam captured three stakes, including the Grade 3 Indiana Oaks. Scoop has produced three winners from four foals to race.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Jose Lezcano


THICKER THAN WATER (bay filly, Speightstown—Contessa Halo, by Southern Halo) is a half-sister to three horses to race, all sprint stakes winners. One, Kantharos, was undefeated in his brief career, which included wins in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special and Grade 3 Bashford Manor for 2-year-olds. Ikigai took the Grade 3 Mr. Prospector, while turf runner Bonifacio captured the Daisy Cutter Handicap and was third in the Grade 3 Senator Ken Maddy Handicap. Contessa Halo, who won three races, all in sprints, is a half-sister to sprinter Clever Idea, winner of two Michigan-bred stakes.

Owner: Dennis Narlinger
Trainer: Richard Dutrow, Jr.
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $250,000 Keeneland September yearling




CORPORATE CULTURE (chestnut filly, English Channel—Treysta, by Belong to Me) is out of a winning half-sister to Grade 1 King’s Bishop winner and Kentucky Derby, Haskell Invitational, and Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up Hard Spun and restricted stakes winner Our Rite of Spring. Treysta won a single race, on turf, and has produced two winners from three foals to race and five total of racing age. Corporate Culture is the most expensive of five 2-year-olds by her sire to sell at auction this year.

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $83,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling; $180,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old


WINE BURGLAR (bay filly, Rock Hard Ten—Bluegrass Sara, by Tabasco Cat) is out of a sprinter who won a sales stakes and an overnight stakes on dirt at Lone Star Park as a juvenile. Bluegrass Sara, a half-sister to restricted stakes winner Richbabe, is the dam of one other foal to race, Dixie Babe, who won a six-furlong maiden special weight on dirt earlier this month at Monmouth Park.

Owner: Chalk Racing, Robert C. Bayer & John Metcalf
Trainer: Robert Hess, Jr.
Jockey: Eddie Castro
Sales history: $95,000 Keeneland September yearling


CAROLINE THOMAS (chestnut filly, Giant’s Causeway—Bit of Whimsy, by Distorted Humor) is the first foal out of her dam, who won three graded stakes on turf, including the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. Bit of Whimsy is a half-sister to Kristi With a K, who was Grade 3 placed on grass.

Owner: Joyce B. Young
Trainer: Barclay Tagg
Jockey: Javier Castellano