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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



AWAITED (2yo bay ridgling, Unbridled’s Song—Secret Status, by A.P. Indy) is a full-brother to Dunkirk, who in 2009 finished second in the Grade 1 Florida Derby and Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. Their dam won the 2000 Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and Grade 1 Mother Goose and earned over $1 million. Alumni Hall, a full-brother to Secret Status, won the Grade 3 Fayette and Grade 3 Maxxam Gold Cup Handicap, while Private Gift, a half-sister, won a listed stakes at Louisiana Downs. That trio is out of Private Status, a listed stakes winner at Turfway Park who finished third in the Grade 1 Ashland. Awaited was a $450,000 RNA at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale (video).

Owner: James K. & Sonia Chapman
Trainer: James Chapman
Jockey: Kent Desormeaux
Sales History: $150,000 Keeneland September yearling


OUR ENTOURAGE (2yo bay colt, Street Cry—Sand Springs, by Dynaformer) is out of a turf mare whose five graded stakes victories included a gate-to-wire score in the 2005 Grade 1 Diana. As a juvenile, Sand Springs made a winning debut on the grass at Saratoga and was third in the Grade 3 Natalma at Woodbine. She has two other foals of racing age, including Mellon Martini, who in France won a listed stakes and placed in a Group 3 event. Our Entourage sports the same connections as Uncle Mo, who won this corresponding maiden race on Travers Day in 2010.

Owner: Repole Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales History: $350,000 Keeneland September yearling


CASUAL TRICK (2yo bay colt, Bernardini—Casual Look, by Red Ransom) is a son of the 2003 Group 1 Epsom Oaks heroine who later finished third in the Group 1 Irish Oaks and Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. At 2, Casual Look was Group 1 placed. Shabby Chic, an older full-sister to Casual Look, won a listed stakes in France and was third in the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon. Casual Trick was a $775,000 RNA at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale (video).

Owner: Robert LaPenta
Trainer: Nicholas Zito
Jockey: Corey Nakatani
Sales History: $425,000 Keeneland September yearling




STATE FLAG (2yo chestnut colt, Street Cry—Salute, by Unbridled) is out of a mare who as a juvenile finished second in the Grade 2 Demoiselle and third in the Grade 3 Tempted. Salute is a daughter of Hall of Fame inductee and Champion Older Mare Personal Ensign, who after her unbeaten, 1988 Breeders’ Cup Distaff-winning career produced 1995 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies heroine My Flag, 1993 Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup victor Miner’s Mark, and 2001 Grade 1 Oaklawn Handicap winner Traditionally. My Flag later produced 2002 Champion Two-Year-Old Filly and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Storm Flag Flying.

Owner: Phipps Stable
Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III
Jockey: Alex Solis


SCHOOL SPIRIT (2yo bay colt, Pulpit—Just a Ginny, by Go for Gin) is a half-brother to three stakes winners, including Logic Way, who won the Mohawk for New York-breds before going on to capture a non-black-type stakes in Qatar; and Big Truck, victorious in the Bertram F. Bongard for New York-bred juveniles and the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby.

Owner: Gary L. & Mary E. West
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Sales History: $300,000 Keeneland September yearling




TRY TO CATCH HER (2yo gray/roan filly, Broken Vow—See How She Runs, by Maria’s Mon) will attempt to become the second winner out of his dam, whose other foal to start won two races. See How She Runs won four stakes, including the 2002 Grade 1 Selene at Woodbine and Grade 2 Fantasy at Oaklawn. Hasten To Add, a half-brother to See How She Runs, annexed the Grade 3 Laurel Turf Cup Handicap and was third in the Grade 1 Canadian International.

Owner: Pin Oak Stable
Trainer: Donnie Von Hemel
Jockey: Jesus Castanon


TROPHY WIFE (2yo dark bay or brown filly, Giant’s Causeway—Pleasant Home, by Seeking the Gold) is the first foal to race out of his dam, who won the 2005 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Country Hideaway, a full-sister to Pleasant Home, won four graded stakes, including two editions of the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap. She later produced Boca Grande, who won the Grade 2 Demoiselle and Grade 2 Comely and was second in the Grade 1 Test; and Vacation, triumphant in the Grade 3 Hanshin Cup. Matlacha Pass, another full-sister to Pleasant Home, produced Grade 1 Alabama and Grade 1 Gazelle winner Pine Island.

Owner: Phipps Stable
Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III
Jockey: Alex Solis


MANDA BAY (2yo dark bay or brown filly, Empire Maker—Summer Wind Dancer, by Siberian Summer) is out of a mare who won two graded stakes, including the 2004 Grade 2 Delaware Handicap, and placed in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet. Two of her three foals to race have won, including stakes-placed Bahama Bound.

Owner: Lael Stable
Trainer: Barclay Tagg
Jockey: Cornelio Velasquez