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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



OVERNIGHT TRADING (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Midnight Lute—Rainbow Promise, by Known Fact) is out of an unraced mare who is a half sister to Grade 1 Spinster Stakes winner Try Something New as well as Uncle Ho, winner of Gulfstream Park’s Hallandale Handicap. Rainbow Promise has had seven winners from nine foals to race, including Class Above, by Midnight Lute’s paternal grandsire Quiet American. Class Above won the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies at age two and the Bourbonette Breeders’ Cup Stakes at age three, both at Turfway Park. Rainbow Promise is also the dam of the stakes-placed Unbridled’s Song daughter Rainbow Song. 

Owner: Klaravich Stables & William H. Lawrence
Trainer: Dale Romans
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $87,000 OBS August yearling


BUDDY’S TIZ (2yo bay colt, Tiznow—Caroline’s Gold, by Touch Gold) is out of a Grade 3-placed half-sister to Grade 1 Travers Stakes and Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby winner Colonel John, and multiple graded stakes-placed Mr. Hot Stuff, both by Tiznow. Caroline’s Gold has one other foal to race, a Smoke Glacken gelding named Highest Order who ran third in his Turfway Park debut at age two but is still a maiden after six starts.

Owner: Kingfield Stables
Trainer: Bruce Levine
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $400,000 Keeneland September yearling


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, including a 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 high-weighted 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)


BUDDY’S SMART (2yo bay colt, Smart Strike—Summer Colony, by Summer Squall) is out of a mare who won six graded stakes in her career, with her biggest win coming in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign Handicap. Summer Colony has had four foals, all to race, with two winners including Summer Laugh, a daughter of Distorted Humor who won Delaware Park’s Blue Hen Stakes at age two. Her other winning foal, another Distorted Humor filly named Summer Humor, is one-for-six lifetime but her single win did come as a 2-year-old.

Owner: Kingfield Stables
Trainer: Bruce Levine
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $30,000 Keeneland September yearling