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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



ROYAL ART (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Afleet Alex—Prall Street, by Cherokee Run) is a half-brother to Rattlesnake Bridge, who last year won the listed Long Branch and was second in the Grade 1 Travers. Another half-brother, Inflation Target, is a sprinter who has won a maiden special weight at Aqueduct Racetrack and an optional claiming race at Belmont Park. Prall Street herself won at the maiden special weight and allowance level at Aqueduct. Royal Art was the most expensive of 54 yearlings by his sire to sell at auction in 2011.

Owner: Robert C. Baker & William L. Mack
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sales history: $410,000 Keeneland September yearling


OVERANALYZE (2yo bay colt, Dixie Union—Unacloud, by Unaccounted For) is half-sister to Meadow Breeze, who won the Grade 1 Matron for 2-year-old fillies, and Mighty Monsoon, who was third in last year’s Grade 2 Bet Pal for 2-year-olds but is now competing in claiming races. Their dam is an unraced half-sister to Ilusoria, who was third in the Grade 1 Matron before going on to produce Peak Maria’s Way, who won four minor stakes and was Grade 3 placed. Overanalyze was the second most expensive of 56 yearlings by his sire to sell at auction 2011.

Owner: Repole Stable
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $380,000 Keeneland September yearling


HIGH FIVE AGAIN (2yo bay colt, by Awesome of Course—Precious Feather, by Gone West) is a full-brother to 2010 Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Awesome Feather, who is unbeaten in 10 starts and owns Grade 1 wins in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and Gazelle. All five of Precious Feather’s foals of racing age are winners, including stakes-placed sprinter Brooks ‘n Down. Precious Feather herself won minor stakes at Calder both sprinting and routing and was second in the Grade 3 Azalea going short and the Grade 2 Turfway Breeders’ Cup going long.

Owner: Fred Brei
Trainer: Nicholas Zito
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez


NEVADA (2yo bay colt, Tapit—Ominous Cat, by Storm Cat) is the first foal out of his unraced dam and is a grandson of Fleet Renee, heroine of the Grade 1 Ashland and Grade 1 Mother Goose. Fleet Renee was a full-sister to stakes winner Alzora and a half-sister to Grade 2 Del Mar Futurity and Grade 2 Norfolk victor Future Quest.

Owner: Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Rosie Napravnik
Sales history: $375,000 Keeneland September yearling




BOOGIE TOO (2yo bay colt, Dixie Union—Lite Twilight, by Twilight Agenda) is out of a mare who won a pair of minor sprint stakes on dirt at Bay Meadows. She has one winner from three foals to race, with Middle Earth having finished third in the Grade 2 Riva Ridge.

Owner: My Meadowview Farm
Trainer: Nicholas Zito
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
Sales history: $105,000 Keeneland September yearling; $225,000 Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old (one furlong in 10 2/5 seconds, video)


ENDORPHINS FLY (2yo chestnut colt, Distorted Humor—My Typhoon, by Giant’s Causeway) is the second foal and first to race out of his dam, who won six graded stakes on turf, including the Grade 1 Diana. His second dam, Urban Sea, was named the highweight older mare at 11-14 furlongs in France after winning the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe before going on to become one of the most productive broodmares of all time. Eight half-siblings to My Typhoon earned black type, seven won stakes, five won group stakes, and three won at the Group 1 level. The very best might have been Sea the Stars, who was a Group 2 winner at Ireland as a juvenile and at three posted Group 1 wins in the English 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby, Eclipse Stakes, International Stakes, Irish Champion Stakes. In his final start, he emulated his dam by winning the Arc. Not to be overlooked is Galileo, whose accomplishments include a sweep of the Group 1 Epsom Derby and the Group 1 Irish Derby. Black Sam Bellamy earned his Group 1 wins in the Gran Premio del Jockey Club in Italy and the Tattersalls Gold Cup in Ireland.

Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado


ASUNDER (2yo dark bay/brown colt, Stormy Atlantic—Love and Marry, by Known Fact) is a half-brother to Riveting Reason, who was third in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity and Grade 1 Norfolk as a juvenile, and stakes-placed sprinter Bang Bang Bang. All five of Love and Marry’s foals of racing age have won, including four on turf. Asunder’s second dam, Rabiadella, won a pair of Grade 3 races on turf and produced Diadella, who captured the Grade 2 Canadian Handicap on grass.

Owner: Team Valor International
Trainer: H. Graham Motion
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sales history: $170,000 Keeneland September yearling