08/31/2007 12:00AM

Top local 2-year-old Big City Man sold


MIAMI - Trainer Jose Pinchin on Friday confirmed that his once-beaten 2-year-old star Big City Man had been sold privately, and that he was to be scratched out of Saturday's $150,000 Affirmed Stakes, middle leg of the open division of the Florida Stallion Stakes series.

Pinchin would not reveal any details of the sale, either the price or who purchased Big City Man from his former owner, the Mr. T. Stables of Tony Shalom.

Big City Man surged to the top of the local 2-year-old division after winning his last three starts, including both the Criterium and Dr. Fager Stakes. The Dr. Fager is the opening leg of the Stallion Stakes series.

"I cannot say anything under the conditions and terms of the sale," Pinchin said. "Right now, I don't even know who actually purchased the horse or where he's going. Naturally, as a trainer, it's hard to lose a young horse with his potential, but it's all part of the game. My owner is a good owner, he's willing to spend his money. And this time he came out on top. How many owners can say that in this business. He deserves what he got for the horse."

Big City Man would have been the odds-on favorite in the seven-furlong Affirmed.

Pinchin also said a deal to sell his other top 2-year-old, Banga Ridge, had not been completed as of Friday. Banga Ridge, who is undefeated in two starts, was scheduled to start in Saturday's $150,000 Susan's Girl Stakes for juvenile fillies.

A Sea Trippi works toward U Can Do It

A Sea Trippi, winner of her last two starts, including the Barbs Dancer Stakes on Aug. 4, worked five furlongs from the half-mile pole to the seven-furlong pole in 59.79 seconds for trainer Ron Spatz on Friday morning. A Sea Trippi has surged to the top of the filly and mare handicap division once again, and is being pointed for the $100,000 U Can Do It Handicap on Sept. 15.

Another prominent name on Friday's work tab was Yogi'ssplashofgold, an early season 2-year-old sensation following her debut win at Keeneland and a second-place finish behind Rated Fiesty in the Grade 3 Kentucky Breeders' Cup Stakes on May 3 at Churchill Downs.

Yogi'ssplashofgold worked four furlongs in 49.40 seconds in company with stablemate R Salty Vet on Friday. It was the first work for t Yogi'ssplashofgold since the Kentucky Breeders' Cup. She is trained by Wesley Ward.

Snow Cone, Dantrelle Light meet in Ravolia

Arch rivals Snow Cone and Dantrelle Light head a full field of 12 3-year-old fillies in Sunday's $50,000 Ravolia Stakes. The Ravolia is carded at one mile on the turf.

Snow Cone will make her first start since finishing a wide-running fifth behind Eclipse Award winner Dreaming of Anna at Colonial Downs in the Virginia Oaks. In her last local appearance, Snow Cone finished second, a neck in front of Dantrelle Light, in the Georgia Oaks.

Dantrelle Light will be seeking to rebound from a fourth-place finish as the 3-5 favorite in the Noble Robyn Stakes on July 21.

Marista, Sweet Exchange, and Cozzi Capital, the first three finishers in the Noble Robyn, also will return in the Ravolia.