April 26

WELDER's winning run continued on Tuesday when he landed back-to-back renewals of the Trao Classic Sprint Stakes at Will Rogers Downs.

It was another bloodless score for the Theresa Luneack-trained gelding, who was always in command and drew away to win by four lengths. It was his fourth consecutive victory and eighth overall, and brought his earnings close to $250,000.

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. In 12 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.

Also at Will Rogers Downs on Tuesday, three-year-old Hunter's Humor turned in a fine effort to run third in the Will Rogers Handicap. The winning son of Maclean's Music was bred by long-time client Eureka Thoroughbred Farm out of Forever Brilliant, a daughter of Straight Man purchased by Chad Schumer on behalf of Eureka for $10,000 at the 2013 OBS October Sale.

 

April 5

CONSISTENT stakes runner Welder landed his seventh win on Tuesday with a commanding display to take the Highland Ice Stakes at Will Rogers Downs.

The Theresa Luneack-trained gelding scored by two lengths from Bayerd to bring his earnings to approximately $210,000.

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. In 11 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.

 

 

April 2

Breaking Luckyout of $50,000 Schumer Bloodstock purchase Shooting Party, turned in another game performance on Saturday when a narrow second to Honorable Duty in the G2 New Orleans Handicap at Fair Grounds. The Reade Baker-trained son of Lookin At Lucky was just pipped in the shadow of the post after making most of the running. The pair pulled five lengths clear of the third, Iron Fist.

Winner of the 2015 Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Woodbine and last year's G3 Seagram Cup en route to running third in the G1 Clark Handicap, Breaking Lucky now boasts earnings of close to $950,000 for owner Gunpowder Farms LLC and West Point Thoroughbreds.

Breaking Lucky was bred by Jay and Christine Hayden out of the G1-placed Shooting Party, purchased for $50,000 by Chad Schumer on behalf of the Haydens at the 2008 Keeneland November Sale. 

A tough daughter of Sky Classic, Shooting Party won four races and was stakes-placed on multiple occasions, notably when second to Voodoo Dancer in the G1 Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont Park.

She was also placed in the G2 Nassau County Stakes and G3 Pebbles Handicap.

Breaking Lucky, one of four winners out of the mare, has also been similarly consistent at stakes level with a Classic victory in the Prince Of Wales's Stakes and placings in the G2 Eclipse Stakes, G3 Dominion Day Stakes, G3 Ben Ali Stakes and G3 Ontario Derby to his name.

Shooting Party produced a filly by Bellamy Road for Christine Hayden and Shawhan Place last year and was bred back to Palace Malice.

April 2

TRUE Emperor, a $27,000 purchase as a weanling at the 2015 Keeneland January Sale by Chad Schumer, continued his rapid ascent through the ranks on Saturday when the impressive winner of the Crescent City Derby at Fair Grounds.

Making only his third start, True Emperor made all the running to score easily by two-and-a-half lengths from Underpressure. 

The son of Yes It's True, trained by Lee Thomas, won at the first time of asking over experienced rivals at Fair Grounds in January. Subsequently third in an allowance race at the same track, True Emperor improved again to win on Saturday and bring his earnings close to $75,000.

True Emperor was bred by Rebecca Farm LLC & T. J. Dickey out of the unraced Empire Maker Queen Ofthe Empire, a half-sister to last year's G2 Woody Stephens Stakes runner-up Fish Trappe Road.

March 12

Tapwrit's impressive win in Saturday's Tampa Bay Derby (G2) provided an excellent update for Schumer Bloodstock's long-time client Eureka Thoroughbred Farm.

The Texas-based operation, owned by Mike and Pam Grossman, paid $20,000 through Chad Schumer for his half-sister Blue Ivy at the 2015 Keeneland November Sale. The daughter of Distorted Humor has since foaled a colt by leading second-crop sire Shackleford.

Blue Ivy and Tapwrit, who sold for $1.2 million the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale, are out of G1 winner Appealing Zophie, whose three wins included the Spinaway Stakes (G1) and Silverbulletday Stakes (G3). It is the further family of G1 winner Super May and G3 winner and successful regional sire Ide.

The Todd Pletcher-trained Tapwrit now ranks in third on Steve Haskin's 'Derby Dozen', published by the Blood-Horse.

Meanwhile at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, the lightly-raced Care indicated that she was a filly to stay on the right side of when landing the $72,000 maiden in authoritative style for Al Stall. The daughter of Trappe Shot becomes the seventh winner from as many foals of racing age out of Staff Nurse, a well-related Arch mare bought for just $16,000 by Chad Schumer as agent at the 2015 Keeneland November Sale.

Her win also came on the same afternoon that her stakes-winning half-brother Great Minds, by Stroll, ran third in the Owners' Appreciation Day Stakes at Delta Downs. Great Minds now boasts earnings of over $400,000.