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.

 

 

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.