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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



SCHOODIC (2yo bay colt, Tiznow—Aunt Henny, by Hennessy) is the second foal to race out of his dam, who won the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride and listed Virginia Oaks on turf. Aunt Henny is a half-sister to three stakes-placed runners.

Owner: Edith R. Dixon
Trainer: Michael Matz
Jockey: Jose Lezcano


CHUCKLE (2yo bay colt, Distorted Humor—Wend, by Pulpit) is out of a turf mare who won four graded stakes, topped by the Grade 2 New York Handicap. Wend has one other named foal, Buleria, who won a turf sprint for maidens this March at Gulfstream Park. Chuckle’s second dam, Thread, captured a pair of listed stakes on grass.

Owner: Claiborne Farm
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado




OVERWHELMING (2yo bay colt, Hard Spun—Oh What a Windfall, by Seeking the Gold) is out of a mare who won the Grade 1 Matron as a juvenile and captured the Grade 3 Nassau County and was second in the Grade 1 Mother Goose as a sophomore. Heavenly Prize, a full-sister to Oh What a Windfall, was the 1994 Champion Three-Year-Old filly and won seven Grade 1 races between the ages of 2 and 4. Oh What a Windfall has produced two black-type earners: Pick Six, second in the Grade 2 Mervyn Muniz, Jr. Handicap on turf, and Conservative, second in the Grade 2 Lexington on Polytrack.

Owner: Phipps Stable
Trainer: Claude McGaughey, III
Jockey: Joel Rosario


RUGGED (2yo bay colt, Distorted Humor—Composure, by Touch Gold) is out of a mare won the Grade 2 Oak Leaf and was a close second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at 2 and won the Grade 1 Las Virgenes and Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks at 3.  Composure has produced three winners from six foals to race, including Tranquil Manner, who was a distant third in the Grade 1 Woodward.

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


ARCHWARRIOR (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Arch—Winner’s Edge, by Seeking the Gold) is a half-brother to minor stakes winners Coya and Return to Paradise, with the latter having placed in a pair of black-type events as a juvenile. Their dam was effective on both dirt and turf, was second in the Grade 3 Affectionately on dirt, and is a half-sister to Lucky Song, a Group 2 winner in England who was the highweighted 3-year-old filly in Europe at 14 furlongs and longer. Archwarrior is the most expensive of six 2-year-olds by his sire to sell at auction this year.

Owner: Alto Racing, LLC
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $75,000 Keeneland November weanling; $375,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)


AIR SQUADRON (2yo chestnut colt, Curlin—Air France, by French Deputy) is a half-brother to Smooth Air, who won four graded stakes, including the Grade 2 Ohio Derby and the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap, and was second in the Grade 1 Florida Derby and Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap; and Overdriven, winner of last year’s Grade 2 Sanford. All five of his siblings are winners.

Owner: Mount Joy Stables, Inc.
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez