January 11

Salt Bae broke her maiden in impressive style at Fair Grounds on Friday to hand a significant update to her dam Agatha, who was bought for just $45,000 by Chad Schumer as agent while in foal to Liam's Map at Keeneland last November.

The Bernard Flint-trained daughter of Paynter broke like a rocket to assume the lead and control the race. Still racing in hand at the top of the stretch, she powered clear of the field to record a near six-length success despite gearing down near the wire.

Salt Bae is the third winner out of Agatha, a Distorted Humor half-sister to the top sprinter Agnes World and dam of the Group 1 milers Dubai Destination and Librettist. Agatha also has a yearling colt by Candy Ride.

Also on Friday, Lucky Lorretta ran a fine second on her stakes debut in the El Dorado Stakes at Delta Downs. The winner of three of her six starts, the daughter of Jersey Town is out of Soul Of The Gem, bought by Chad while carrying the filly for just $13,000 at the 2013 Keeneland November Sale.

January 4

Storyboard looked a really exciting prospect for Satish Seemar at Meydan on Thursday when running away with the opening maiden.

A field of 15 went to post for the mile event but Storyboard turned it into a procession, pulling away under Richard Mullen for an emphatic five-length success.

The son of Medaglia d'Oro is out of Cast Call, bought by Chad Schumer on behalf of Jay and Christine Hayden for $115,000 while in foal to Street Sense at the 2015 Keeneland November Sale. He is the second winner from three foals of racing age out of the mare, who is a winning A.P. Indy daughter of Grade 1 winner Shadow Cast. 

Cast Call also has a two-year-old Noble Mission colt called Noble Spirit.



Papa Clem, winner of the G2 Arkansas Derby, has been sold to continue his stud career in Turkey.


The deal was brokered by Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock.


Papa Clem, by Smart Strike, was one of the leading colts of his generation, a consistent performer who won the G2 Arkansas Derby and ran placed in the G1 Kentucky Derby, G2 Louisiana Derby and G2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes. He also won the G2 San Fernando Stakes on his only start at four.


In all, he won or was placed in ten of his 13 starts for $1,121,190 in prize-money.


To date, Papa Clem is the sire of six stakes winners including Mischief Clem, the earner of over $300,000, and My Italian Babbo, the recent winner of the California Dreamin’ Handicap at Del Mar.


Papa Clem is one of four winners out of G1 Del Mar Debutante Stakes winner Miss Houdini, a Belong To Me daughter of dual G1 winner Magical Maiden.

January 1

Sassicaia, a Grade 3 winner from the famous Fall Aspen family and a former Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale-topper, has been retired to stand at Michelle Rodriguez’s Elite Thoroughbreds in Louisiana in a deal brokered by Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock.


Sassicaia first made headlines when sold by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds for a sale-topping $1.6 million to Steve Young at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton Florida Select Two-year-olds in Training Sale. "This was the best horse in the sale and one of the fastest Bernardinis I've seen," Young told reporters. “It's from the same cross as [Grade 1 winner] Turbulent Descent.”


Sassicaia went on to win four races for owner Robert LaPenta, including the Grade 3 Toboggan Handicap at Aqueduct with subsequent Grade 1 Carter Handicap winner Green Gratto back in third. A tough and consistent performer, he also ran placed in another eight starts.


Bred by Masaichiro Abe, Sassicaia is a son of Bernardini and out of the Forestry mare Hishi Aspen, a granddaughter of Grade 1 winner Northern Aspen. In turn, Northern Aspen is out of blue hen Fall Aspen, one of the greatest influences on the breed of the modern era. 


Fall Aspen’s dynasty is responsible for a number of Group or Grade 1-producing stallions, including Dubai Millennium, who left behind leading sire Dubawi in his sole crop, and champion sire Fort Wood. It is also the further family of Dixie Union.


“Sassicaia demonstrated speed and talent from an early age, as he showed when topping the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale, which he went on to maintain during a successful and durable career,” said Chad Schumer. “Not only that, he has a pedigree out of the top drawer being a Bernardini from the famed Fall Aspen family. We are confident that he has all the attributes to excel in the Louisiana market.”


Sassicaia is in the process of being syndicated and a number of lifetime breeding rights are available. Please contact Michelle Rodriguez at Elite Thoroughbreds for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (985) 796-9955.


A fee for Sassicaia will be set at a later date.



Joining Sassicaia at Elite Thoroughbreds is Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes winner Catalina Red


The son of Munnings, who is out of the stakes-placed Freud mare Lovely Dream, retires as the winner of five races and $549,885 for owner Anthony Lerici. Asides from the Churchill Downs Stakes, Catalina Red also won the Inaugural Stakes, Pasco Stakes, Jackson Bend Stakes and Hilton Garden Inn/Hampton Inn and Suites Sprint Stakes, and ran third in the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap to A. P. Indian.


A fee for Catalina Red will be set at a later date.


For more information: Please contact Michelle Rodriguez at Elite Thoroughbreds for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (985) 796-9955.






November 18

WELDER added a fourth stakes victory to his resume on Friday when successful in the Silver Goblin Stakes at Remington Park.

Welder duelled with the leader Z Rockstar during the early exchanges, took control in the stretch and proved best for a half-length win over Mr. N.

It was the ninth win overall for the Boyd Finnell-trained gelding, and pushed his earnings past the $300,000 mark.

Welder was bred in Oklahoma by Center Hills Farm, for whom Chad Schumer purchased both his sire, The Visualiser, and dam, Dance Softly.

Welder had a productive three-year-old season, winning the TRAO Classic Sprint Stakes and running placed in the Oklahoma Classics Sprint Stakes and Oklahoma Stallions Stakes. He returned this year to run out the four-length winner of an allowance race at Will Rogers Downs en route to an impressive win in the Highland Ice Stakes and second consecutive score in the TRAO Classic Sprint Stakes. In 15 starts, Welder has finished out of the top three only once.

The Visualiser, by Giant's Causeway, was a $1 million yearling purchase by John Ferguson who won three races and ran second in the Canadian Derby (G3). His second crop of seven foals includes multiple stakes winner Zealous Vision. Welder is from the stallion's third crop.

The Visualiser stands at Mighty Acres in Oklahoma for $2,000.

Dance Softly, by Tiznow, was purchased by Chad Schumer, as agent, for $22,000 at the 2009 Keeneland November Sale. Welder the fourth foal and winner out of the mare, who is a half-sister to G3 winner Summer Doldrums.