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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



WIN FOR KITTEN (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Kitten’s Joy—Winsome, by Kris) is out of a mare who placed in a pair of stakes in France. Winsome has produced two other starters, with one winning on dirt and one winning on turf. Win for Kitten’s stakes-placed second dam, Ahead, produced six black-type earners, including turf stakes winners Opinion Poll, a Group 2 winner in England, and Horatia, who set a Monmouth Park course record when capturing the Grade 3 Vinery Matchmaker.

Owner: Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $22,000 Keeneland November weanling


SKYFALL (2yo dark bay/brown filly, More Than Ready—Yard Art, by Lasting Approval) is out of an unraced half-sister to turf stakes winners Ascutney (Grade 3 Miesque) and Words of War (listed Rachel Jackson and four other stakes) and three-time dirt stakes winner Word o’ Ransom. Ascutney went on to become the dam of English highweight Raven’s Pass, who won the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II on grass and the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic on the all-weather, and Gigawatt, who was effective on both dirt and turf and annexed the Grade 3 Miami Mile Handicap on grass. Words of War produced Grade 2 Dwyer victor and Grade 1 Travers runner-up E Dubai and Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks heroine No Matter What, with the latter producing English Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Rainbow View. Skyfall’s immediate family is more humble, however, with two Yard Art having produced two winners from three foals to race and four total named foals.

Owner: Glencrest Farm
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez


LOVELY DYNAFORMER (2yo bay filly, Dynaformer—Lovely Rafaela, by A.P. Indy) is out of a turf runner who won Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap. Lovely Dynaformer has four siblings who have raced, with two winning on dirt and one on turf. Her second dam, Campagnarde, was named Champion Three-Year-Old Filly in Argentina and won the Grade 1 Ramona Handicap on turf after coming to the United States. In addition to Lovely Rafaela, Campagnarde produced Rize, winner of the Grade 2 Philip H. Iselin Handicap winner Rize and Calle Vista, who won the first stakes of her career when she landed the Luther Burbank on turf at Santa Rosa two weeks ago.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan


GUSTAVIA (2yo chestnut filly, Pulpit—Summer Rainbow, by Summer Squall) is out of a mare who won seven races, including a minor stakes at Delaware Park, all on dirt. She has one winner from two foals to race, with Hard Mystery having taken the Inside Information overnight stakes on dirt at Belmont in May.

Owner: Alpha Delta Stables
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Javier Castellano


SUMMER OF FUN (2yo dark bay/brown filly, Include—Royal Innocence, by Royal Anthem) is the first foal out of an unraced half-sister to Louis Cyphre, who was Group 1 placed in France before he came to the United States to win the Grade 1 Mervyn LeRoy on dirt, French Group 2 winner Psychobabble, and Japanese stakes winner Star King Man. Another half-sibling, Nini Princesse, produced Grade 2 Dance Smarty victress Mekong Melody, while another, Admire Yell, produced Japanese stakes winner Admire Subaru.

Owner: Bona Venture Stables
Trainer: George Weaver
Jockey: Eddie Castro
Sales history: $95,000 OBS March 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 1/5 seconds, video)