October 23

 

GRADE 1 PERFORMER DEN’S LEGACY TO STAND AT MIGHTY ACRES FARM

 

DEN’S Legacy, winner of the G3 Generous Stakes and placed in the G1 CashCall Futurity, will stand at Warren Center’s Mighty Acres Farm, Pryor, Oklahoma next season in a deal brokered by Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock.

 

A fee for the son of Medaglia d’Oro will be set at a later date.

 

Den’s Legacy has won or finished in the frame in 25 of 39 starts for owners Westrock Stables. He boasts earnings of $697,917.

 

A high-class two-year-old, he won a 6f MSW at Del Mar before capturing the G3 Generous Stakes at Hollywood Park. He also ran second in the Zuma Beach Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Preview Stakes and signed off the year by running third to Violence in the G1 CashCall Futurity.

 

He was later a consistent Graded stakes runner at three, when his performances included running third behind subsequent G1 winners Will Take Charge and Oxbow in the G2 Rebel Stakes. He was also placed in the G2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes, G2 La Jolla Handicap, G2 Del Mar Derby and G3 Sham Stakes.

 

More recently, Den’s Legacy has been placed in the Iowa Sprint Handicap and Hot Springs Stakes.

 

A son of leading international sire Medaglia d’Oro, Den’s Legacy was bred by Gaye Schwartz out of Sunshine Song, a War Chant half-sister to G1 winner C. S. Silk and G3 winner Remember Sheikh.

 

Den’s Legacy will stand alongside Kipling, Mr Nightlinger, Pollard’s Vision, Save Big Money and The Visualier at Mighty Acres, a division of Center Hills.

 

 

October 22

Phantom Trip and Gianni's Dream contributed to a productive day at Remington Park for our clients, Center Hills Farm, on Friday when sweeping the Oklahoma Classics Cup and Distaff Stakes. Between them, their dams were bought for a total of $14,500 in 2012.

Phantom Trip, a three-year-old son of Summer Bird bred by Center Hills Farm out of Nakayama Jeune, was the brave winner of the Oklahoma Classics Cup Stakes, his third victory in succession. Now the winner of four of nine starts for owner Lester Ellenz, he boasts earnings over of $185,000.

His dam Nakayama Jeune was purchased by Chad Schumer as agent for Center Hills Farm for just $4,500 while carrying Phantom Trip at the 2012 Keeneland November Sale. Phantom Trip later provided a good return on investment when selling for $48,000 as a yearling.

Phantom Trip is the second foal out of the mare, a winning Petitionville granddaughter of Molly Pitcher Handicap heroine Hey Hazel.

Gianna's Dream had earlier kicked off the double with an authoritative two and a quarter length victory in the Oklahoma Classics Distaff Stakes. She came into the race in good form, having previously taken the Bob Barry Memorial Stakes, and now boasts five wins from seven starts for earnings of over $205,000.

Bred by Center Hills Farm in partnership with Randy Blair, Gianna's Dream is out of the Rahy mare Untamed Beauty, bought for just $10,000 alongside Nakayama Jeune in 2012. 

Gianna's Dream is one of seven winners out of Untamed Beauty, who is a half-sister to the stakes-placed Forty Gran, dam of G1 winner and successful sire Square Eddie.

Also at Remington, Okie Diva took the Classics Lassie Stakes to become another stakes winner for Chitoz. The stakes-winning son of Forest Wildcat was purchased by Chad Schumer for stud duty at River Oaks Farms.

Meanwhile, Mimi's Money, whose sire Save Big Money and dam Foreign Country were both bought by Chad on behalf of Center Hills Farm, ran well when second in the Distaff Stakes, as did Welder, who was second in the Sprint Stakes - his sire The Visualiser and dam Dance Softly were also bought by Chad on behalf of Center Hills.

October 15

Theory lived up to his tall reputation on Saturday with a dominant victory in the G2 Belmont Futurity at Belmont Park.

His dam, Gem Sleuth, was purchased at last year's Keeneland November Sale in foal to Paynter for just $45,000 by Chad Schumer on behalf of David Smart.

The son of Gemologist, owned by WinStar Farm and China Horse Club, was rated a 'TDN Rising Star' (CLICK HERE TO READ MOREwhen successful on his debut at Saratoga and following some time off due to a foot bruise, confirmed he was a colt out of the top drawer for Todd Pletcher with a convincing 3 1/2 length win over Star Empire in his first try in stakes company.

The Breeders' Cup Juvenile is now under consideration for Theory, as Pletcher outlined.

"Today, with the way he ran, the way he galloped out and came back, I think we at least have to sit down and have that discussion," he said. "He's a very good-minded horse. He's got a great disposition and he's not headstrong in any way. I anticipated he would rate fine and I wasn't surprised that he did. The way he ran today, the way he finished, I think gives us a lot of options." 

Jockey Javier Castellano was also impressed.

"He's a classy horse, you can put him wherever you want," he said. "He broke well out of the gate and just took it from there. I loved the way he did, he does everything with such class. He was composed in the post parade. I think you can stretch him out, he'll appreciate going long. I rode his father, Gemologist, so I enjoyed riding him." 

Theory now boasts two wins from as many starts for earnings of $120,000.

Gem Sleuth was a talented mare herself who won three races and was third in the Bennington Stakes. She is also the dam of two other winners from four foals of racing age including Roman Officer, recent winner of the West Virginia Legislature Chairman's Cup Stakes.

Gem Sleuth's Paynter filly is catalogued to the upcoming Fasig-Tipton November Sale.

 

October 4

VIKTOR Kalejs became the latest smart performer to fly the Brown Island Stables flag when successful in the prestigious Norwegian Criterium for trainer Roy Kvisla.

Now the winner of two races, the two-year-old son of Spring At Last was purchased by Chad Schumer for just $10,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton October Sale in Kentucky.

He is out of Make A Promise, a Mr Greeley half-sister to G3 winner Essence.

Other two-year-olds to represent the Collins - Schumer partnership include unbeaten G3 Acomb Stakes winner Syphax, who was recently bought by Godolphin, and dual winner High Acclaim.

September 4

 

Grade 1 winner First Defence, sire of champion Close Hatches, has been sold to continue his stud career at Haif Stud in Saudi Arabia in a deal brokered by Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock and Khalid Alsyari.

 

The 12-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song previously stood at Juddmonte Farms in Kentucky.

 

Trained by Bobby Frankel on behalf of Juddmonte Farms, First Defence won six of 14 starts for $580,534 in prize-money. 

 

A top-class sprinter who was effective on both dirt and turf, he took the 2008 Grade 3 Jaipur Handicap at Belmont Park before turning in a brilliant performance to run out the 6 3/4 length winner of the Grade 1 Forego Stakes at Saratoga. He also won the Long Branch Breeders’ Cup Stakes at Monmouth Park and ran second in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop Stakes and Grade 2 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap.

 

First Defence hit the ground running at stud when his first crop contained multiple Grade 1 winner Close Hatches and the high-class British 2yo Dundonnell. Close Hatches was crowned the champion older mare of 2014 after sweeping the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap, Ogden Phipps Stakes and Personal Ensign Stakes while Dundonnell landed the Group 3 Acomb Stakes at York before becoming a prominent runner in Hong Kong.

 

A stallion who has made an impact in both North America and Europe, First Defence is also the sire of Graded/Group stakes winner Antonoe and Irish Jasper.

 

First Defence is a product of one of the deepest Juddmonte families in the Stud Book as a son of Grade 1 winner Honest Lady, herself a Seattle Slew half-sister to Grade 1 winners and successful sires Empire Maker and Chester House. His granddam dam, Toussaud, won the Grade 1 Gamely Handicap and is today noted as a matriarch of Juddmonte’s operation.

 

Joining First Defence in Saudi Arabia is United States, who stood the 2016 season at Northwest Farm in Florida. 

 

The son of A P Indy is the sire of G3 winner and G1-placed La Irunesa from three small crops of racing age.

 

The nine-length winner of his maiden at Gulfstream Park, he boasts an excellent pedigree as an A.P. Indy son of Blithe, a half-sister to Fusaichi Pegasus from the immediate family of Pine Bluff.