February 25 

REDESDALE'S impressive rise up the ranks continued at Fair Grounds on Saturday when the blue-blooded bargain romped in a salty allowance for trainer Brendan Walsh.

A bargain $18,000 purchase by Chad Schumer, who co-owns the colt with Walsh RacingRedesdale now boasts three wins from as many starts following similarly impressive wins in a Churchill Down MSW and Fair Grounds allowance race.

Again partnered by Robby Albarado on this occasion, Redesdale set the pace before stretching clear to win by four lengths from Speightsong.

A crack at either the G3 Commonwealth Stakes at Keeneland or G1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct now beckons for the blue-blooded Redesdale, who boasts one of the deepest families in the Stud Book. A son of Speightstown, Redesdale was bred by Juddmonte Farms out of G2 winner Harpia, a full-sister to top sprinter and outstanding stallion Danehill. Harpia is also a sister to G2 winner Eagle Eyed, a leading sire in Turkey, and a granddaughter of Spring Adieu, a half-sister to none other than Northern Dancer.

Redesdale was purchased by Chad as an unraced racing and stallion prospect during the final sessions of last year's Keeneland January Sale out of the Mill Ridge Farm draft.

 

February 13

 

MIDNIGHT Hawk, winner of the Sham Stakes, has been retired to stand at Rising Sun Farm, Portmore, in Jamaica in a deal brokered by Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock.

 

Midnight Hawk won the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita on just his second career start, having run out the 6 1/4 length winner of his debut, a maiden at Hollywood Park. He went on to compile a series of creditable efforts in Graded stakes company for Bob Baffert, notably when placed in the San Felipe Stakes, in which he was second to none other than California Chrome, Robert B. Lewis Stakes, Sunland Derby and Illinois Derby.

 

Midnight Hawk also ran a neck second to Race Day in the Razorback Handicap as a four-year-old. In all, he won five races and nearly $600,000 in earnings.

 

A son of Midnight Lute, Midnight Hawk is a half-brother to four winners including Listed scorer Mister Marv. He is out of the G1-placed Miss Wineshine, by Wolf Power. Midnight Hawk will stand alongside the G1-placed Rising Moon at Rising Sun Farm.

 

 

February 9

 

Third Day launched himself on to the Kentucky Derby trail on Wednesday when maintaining his unbeaten record in the Just One More Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

 

The colt's dam, Onebadkitty, was purchased for $80,000 by Chad Schumer/SBA on behalf of Montfort Mares at last year's Keeneland November Sale. The daughter of Street Cry was sold in foal to Carpe Diem.

 

Third Day was an impressive winner of his debut on the Haskell undercard at Monmouth Park last summer and was duly sent off at 11-10 to follow up at Gulfstream. Settled in fourth, he made headway to join Barry Karafin Bets and win going away.

 

“The horse had been training very well. He showed a lot of promise in his debut and he needed a little time after that,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “We were optimistic being a son of Bernardini and out of a Street Cry mare that the distance would be OK for him.

 

“We were just hoping we had him tight enough to go a mile off the layoff and I thought he handled that part of it well,” he added. “He’s still learning and still a little green, but considering the layoff and the stretch out in distance I thought it was very encouraging.”

 

Pletcher plans to next start the Bernardini colt, a $575,000 2yo purchase by Spendthrift Farm and Town and Country Racing, in either the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) or Fountain Of Youth Stakes (G2).

 

Third Day is the third foal out of Onebadkitty, whose three wins included the Valentine Dancer Stakes at Santa Anita. The daughter of Street Cry, a half-sister to Jaws N' Paws, has a yearling filly by Into Mischief and recently foaled a filly by Carpe Diem.

 

January 21

REDESDALE, a bargain $18,000 purchase by Chad Schumer at the 2016 Keeneland January Sale, followed up his smashing debut victory at Churchill Downs last June with an impressive return to action for Brendan Walsh at Fair Grounds on Saturday.

Partnered by Robby Albarado, Redesdale tracked the pace before making a determined run at the leader to win going away by three-quarters of a length and maintain his unbeaten record.

A step up in class now beckons for the blue-blooded Redesdale, who boasts one of the deepest families in the Stud Book. A son of Speightstown, Redesdale was bred by Juddmonte Farms out of G2 winner Harpia, a full-sister to top sprinter and outstanding stallion Danehill. Harpia is also a sister to G2 winner Eagle Eyed, a leading sire in Turkey, and a granddaughter of Spring Adieu, a half-sister to none other than Northern Dancer.

Redesdale was purchased by Chad as an unraced racing and stallion prospect during the final sessions of last year's Keeneland January Sale out of the Mill Ridge Farm draft.

December 31

 

VIKTOR Kalejs, bought for just $10,000 by Chad Schumer at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton October Sale in Kentucky, has been crowned Sweden's champion 2yo of 2016.

 

The son of Spring At Last has won three of his four starts for trainer Roy Kvisla, including the prestigious Norwegian Criterium, and is now in Dubai preparing for a crack at the UAE Classics.

 

Bought by Chad as an European breeze-up prospect, the colt is the latest high-class performer to hail out of the Johnny Collins' Brown Island Stables academy. Other two-year-olds to represent the Collins - Schumer partnership include unbeaten G3 Acomb Stakes winner Syphax, a $25,000 yearling purchase who was recently bought by Godolphin and is a live candidate for the 2017 European Classics, classy handicapper Markhan ($13,000 yearling) and dual-winning juvenile High Acclaim.