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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



ZACCHEUS (2yo bay colt, Hard Spun—Regally Appealing, by Valid Appeal) hails from a family of juvenile stakes winner, with his dam having won the Grade 2 Adirondack and listed Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies. Regal Miss Copelan, a half-sister to Regally Appealing, won the Colleen for 2-year-old fillies before going on to produce Grade 2 Remsen and Grade 3 Nashua victor Rockport Harbor. Regally Appealing has produced four winners from seven other foals of racing age, including Street Brawl, an unbeaten colt who has won a pair of starts at Aqueduct and Belmont impressively so far in his brief career.

Owner: Ben P. Walden, Jr & Carolyn M. Chapman
Trainer: James Jerkens
Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sales history: $40,000 Keeneland September yearling

HORSEPOWER (2yo bay colt, Bernardini—Moroccan Rose, by Carson City) is out of a stakes-placed daughter of Rose of Wendover, who won four stakes in Ohio, including the listed Bassinet for 2-year-old fillies. Kenathena, a half-sister to Moroccan Rose, was also a stakes winner in Ohio. Moroccan Rose has one other foal of racing age, an unraced 3-year-old.

Owner: Fox Hill Farms
Trainer: Steven Asmussen
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $150,000 Keeneland November weanling; $420,000 Keeneland September yearling

SAAYAD (2yo bay colt, Street Sense—Time for Crown, by Time for a Change) is a half-brother to Banga Ridge, who won a restricted stakes at the Ocala Training Center, and Coronet of a Baron, second in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity and third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Carson Jen, a stakes-placed half-sister to their dam, has produced A Z Warrior, heroine of the Grade 1 Frizette; J Z Warrior, who captured five stakes and was Grade 3-placed; and E Z Warrior, victorious in the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile and third in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop. Sayaad was the most expensive of nine weanlings by Street Sense to sell at auction in 2010.

Owner: Shadwell Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Eddie Castro
Sales history: $450,000 Keeneland November weanling

PALACE MALICE (2yo bay colt, Curlin—Palace Rumor, by Royal Anthem) is out of a mare who won the Audubon Oaks, a minor stakes at Ellis Park. Palace Rumor has two other foals of racing age, both winners. The first, Puritanka, is a winner in Russia, while the second, Lady June Bug, has taken three claiming races at Laurel Park. Palace Rumor is a half-sister to Prairie Meadows stakes winners Maya’s Storm and Jumpifyoudare.

Owner: Dogwood Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales history: $25,000 Keeneland September yearling; $200,000 Keeneland April 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)

BOSS MAN ROCKET (2yo dark bay/brown colt, War Front—Henna, by Horse Chestnut) is the first foal of his dam, an unraced half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Pomeroy. As a juvenile, Pomeroy was second in the Grade 2 Saratoga Special and returned to Saratoga the following year to win the Grade 1 King’s Bishop. At 4, he won Saratoga’s Grade 2 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, then came back to the Spa at 5 to take the Grade 1 Forego. Boss Man Rocket is the most expensive 2-year-old by his sire to sell at public auction from three crops.

Owner: Frank Fletcher
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Sales history: $800,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 seconds, video)

CARRIED INTEREST (2yo chestnut colt, Henny Hughes—Missamerican Bertie, by Quiet American) is the second foal out of his dam, a placed full-sister to Allamerican Bertie, who won the Grade 2 Falls City Handicap and Grade 2 Rampart Handicap, captured a pair of Grade 3 events, and was second in the Grade 1 Alabama. Hurricane Bertie, a half-sister to Missamericanbertie, won the Grade 2 Prioress and two other graded stakes and was third in the Grade 1 Ballerina. Invocation, Carried Interest’s lone sibling of racing age, was second by two lengths in a maiden special weight on Saturday at Belmont.

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence
Trainer: Richard Violette, Jr.
Jockey: Alan Garcia
Sales history: $50,000 Keeneland September yearling; $190,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 seconds, video)

TRANSLATION (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Street Sense—Beduin Eyes, by Seattle Slew) is out of an unraced half-sister to three stakes winners, including Classic Alliance, who as a juvenile won the Grade 3 Natalma and restricted Cup and Saucer on turf. Two other siblings to Beduin Eyes, Classic Alliance and Prime Ruler, were stakes placed at 2 before going on to win black-type events later in their careers. Swiftly Classic, another half-sibling to Beduin Eyes, produced Sky Mom, who was third in the Grade 3 Pocahontas for juvenile fillies and later won the Grade 3 Arlington Oaks.

Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik
Sales history: $160,000 Keeneland September yearling

COOLUSIVE (2yo bay colt, Elusive Quality—Ice Cool Kitty, by Tomorrow’s Cat) is the first foal out of his dam, who won five New York-bred stakes between the ages of 3 and 5, including the Iroquois Handicap. Icy City, a half-sister to Ice Cool Kitty, was stakes placed at Finger Lakes as a 2-year-old.

Owner: Lansdon B. Robbins, III
Trainer: Richard Dutrow, Jr.
Jockey: Joel Rosario

HONORABLE DILLON (2yo gray/roan colt, Tapit—Shy Greeting, by Shy Tom) is a half-sister to Forty Greeta, who was named Champion Two-Year-Old Filly in Argentina after winning three group races, including the Group 1 Premio Estrellas Juvenile Fillies-Blaquier. Forty Greeta later produced Fort Hughes, who won the Jimmy Winkfield during his abbreviated career.

Owner: Joseph Bucci
Trainer: Eddie Kenneally
Jockey: Julien Leparoux
Sales history: $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 4/5 seconds, video)