August 5

Roman Officer successfully defended his title in the West Virginia Legislature Chairman's Cup at Mountaineer Park on Saturday, scoring by a length to land his second stakes race and 13th win overall.

The tough gelding, now the winner of approximately $325,000, is out of Gem Sleuth, purchased for $45,000 in foal to Paynter by Chad Schumer, as agent, at the 2015 Keeneland November Sale.

Not long after her purchase, Gem Sleuth's two-year-old Gemologist colt, Theory, emerged as one of the best of his generation, winning a Saratoga maiden on debut en route to taking the G3 Futurity Stakes.

Also on the Mountaineer card, 10-time winner Galton ran second in the West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker's Cup to bring his earnings to over $412,000. The Graded stakes-placed son of Offlee Wild is out of Nibbana, bought for $27,000 by Chad Schumer, as agent, at the 2015 Keeneland November Sale. Nibbana is a Giant's Causeway half-sister to classy sprinter Dietrich from the family of Coronation Stakes winner Chimes Of Freedom and top miler Spinning World.

July 30

Nothing could touch Paid Up Subscriber in the G3 Shuvee Handicap at Saratoga on Sunday, as the Candy Ride mare served up a tour de force of a performance to win by 32 1/4 lengths.

Johnny Velazquez had Paid Up Subscriber within striking distance of the leader Terra Promessa as the early part of the race unfolded. He unleashed his mount with seven-sixteenths to run and thereafter, Paid Up Subscriber sauntered clear to win as she pleased, totally unchallenged.

Paid Up Subscriber is the third foal out of Shriek, a stakes-placed daughter of Street Cry purchased by Chad Schumer, as agent, for $37,000 while in foal to Scat Daddy at Keeneland in November 2014.

"I'm very proud of her," said co-owner Peter Brant. "She was running against a pretty filly [Songbird] last time and was right there. I was very pleased. I couldn't be happier."

Paid Up Subscriber began her career for Al Stall, who trained her to win the 2016 G2 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs, in which she overturned Untapable, and run placed in the G1 Delaware Handicap and G1 Spinster Stakes.

At the end of her four-year-old season, she was sold for $1.1 million to Peter Brant's White Birch Farm and transferred to Chad Brown. Sunday's victory was her first for Brown although she has run creditably in defeat this year, notably when second in the G1 Ogden Phipps Stakes and third in the G1 Madison Stakes. She currently boasts close to $900,000 in earnings.

July 30

Jennifer Lynnette and jockey Patrick Husbands took dead aim on Kasuga and ran down her rival to win the G3 Royal North Stakes at Woodbine in determined style. Jennifer Lynnette had a head to spare over the game Kasuga at the wire while it was nearly five lengths back to the third Nobody's Fault; remarkably the dams of both the first and second were bought by Chad Schumer as agent.

Lynnette, dam of Jennifer Lynnette, was bought on behalf of breeders Jay and Christine Hayden for $210,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November Sale.

Kasuga's dam Glaslyn, meanwhile, was purchased for just $15,000 in 2015.

Jennifer Lynnette is the first foal out of Lynnette, a winning Johannesburg half-sister to G2 winner Cat Fighter and Irish G3 winner Ishiguru. Her own dam, Strategic Maneuver, won the G1 Spinaway Stakes.

Jennifer Lynnette flashed talent from the outset for trainer Mark Casse. The daughter of Elusive Quality earned 'TDN Rising Star' status with a devastating winning debut at Woodbine, after which she ran placed in the Star Shoot, Glorious Song, Fury and G3 Hendrie Stakes. Only out of the first three once in 11 starts, Saturday's win brought her earnings to $262,213.

Lynnette is also dam of a two-year-old Orb colt named Scrapper, who ran second on his debut at Gulfstream Park for Todd Pletcher. Pletcher paid $600,000 for the colt on behalf of Sumaya U.S. Stable at the OBS March 2yos in Training Sale.

Kasuga has been similarly consistent for her connections. Trained by Martin Drexler, she has won five races for $208,872 in earnings and was previously placed in the River Memories Stakes. 

The daughter of Temple City is the third foal out of Glaslyn, a daughter of Forestry who was purchased by Chad Schumer for just $15,000 while carrying a full brother to Kasuga at the 2015 Keeneland November Sale. Not only that, the mare's fifth foal, the Victor's Cry filly Raglan Road, subsequently developed into a smart two-year-old who enhanced the page with placings in the Nandi, My Dear Lady and Muskoka Stakes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Also on Saturday, Cult Classic, out of $35,000 purchase Dove Cry, ran third in the Added Elegance Handicap at Gulfstream Park while Girls Rule, out of $4,500 purchase Duet, broke through the $100,000 barrier in earnings when successful at Lone Star Park.

 

July 8

G1 Travers Stakes winner KEEN ICE returned victorious in the G2 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park on Saturday, running down Shaman Ghost to win by three lengths.

A son of Curlin, in whom Schumer Bloodstock was awarded a contract by the US Government to sell a 20% share in 2015, Keen Ice was bred by Glencrest Farm out of Medomak, bought by Chad as agent for $80,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November Sale.

A tough performer who has acquitted himself well in top company for the past three seasons, Keen Ice now boasts earnings in excess of $3 million.

His win in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga, in which he conquered Triple Crown hero American Pharoah, stands out as the highlight of his career to date. The colt has also recorded top three finishes in the G1 Belmont Stakes, G1 Breeders' Cup Classic, G1 Haskell Invitational, G2 Harlan's Holiday Stakes, G2 Remsen Stakes and G2 Risen Star Stakes.

Keen Ice is the first foal out of his dam, an Awesome Again half-sister to the G1-placed Coal Play. In turn, Medomak is out of the Kris S mare Wiscasset, a half-sister to G1 winner Serra Lake.

Medomak was bought on behalf of Saudi Arabian interests. Sadly, she has died since her purchase.

June 11

A major update came the way of long-time client Eureka Thoroughbred Farm at Belmont Park on Saturday when Tapwrit won the Belmont Stakes (G1).

The Tapit colt, who ran down Irish War Cry to win the Classic going away, is a half-brother to Blue Ivy, a Distorted Humor mare bought on behalf of Mike and Pam Grossman, owners of Eureka, for just $20,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November Sale

Blue Ivy 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 and also won the Tampa Bay Derby (G3), 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.

This isn't the first time that a purchase through Schumer Bloodstock has been followed by a major update; for instance, the half-sisters to G1 winners DAVID JUNIOR, ARAGORN, BALL DANCING, ROLLING FOG and VOODOO DANCER were all purchased by Schumer Bloodstock before those horses became G1 winners.

Also on Saturday's loaded Belmont card, Juddmonte Farms' Antonoe became another G1 winner for First Defence in the Just A Game Stakes. First Defence was sold to stand in Saudi Arabia last summer in a deal brokered by Chad Schumer.

First Defence is also the sire of champion Close Hatches as well as top Hong Kong runner Dundonnell.