August 17

$25,000 yearling Syphax retains unbeaten record in G3 Acomb Stakes; Breeders' Cup on agenda

Syphax, a bargain $25,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase by Chad Schumer on behalf of Johnny Collins' Brown Island Stables, justified the high regard held of him on Wednesday when denying Best Of Days, an expensive recent purchase by Godolphin, in the G3 Acomb Stakes at York.

The son of Arch made an impressive winning debut last month at Musselburgh to prompt trainer Kevin Ryan to step the colt up in class.

Partnered by Jamie Spencer on this occasion, he missed the break and was very green during the early stages, running in snatches behind horses. However, he ate up the ground once asked in the straight to reel in Best Of Days and win a shade cosily. Lockheed, a highly regarded colt owned by the China Horse Club, ran third while Courage Under Fire, who ran second to Caravaggio in the G1 Phoenix Stakes last time out, did nothing for that form out the back.

"He'a a lovely horse with a great temperament and for the first furlong he was very green and clueless," said Kevin Ryan, who saddled subsequent French Derby winner The Grey Gatsby to run second in the Acomb Stakes in 2013. "He's just a big baby and could be a very exciting horse.

"He's Breeders' Cup eligible and that was always at the back of our minds which is why we stepped him up so far and so quick. We needed to find out now if we had something like that. He's a very exciting horse going forward."

Jamie Spencer was similarly impressive, adding: "He didn't learn a lot at Musselburgh, so it was very much like a horse having his first run today.

"Kevin has always liked him - he asked me two months ago to ask [prominent owner] Dr Hay to buy him - and before he'd run he said he could be one of the best he has."

Syphax was bred in Kentucky by Pin Oak Stud and is the third foal out of Listed winner Much Obliged, a Kingmambo half-sister to G3 winner Bedanken.

He was beautifully prepared by Johnny Collins' Brown Island Stables for the Arqana May Breeze-up Sale in Deauville, France, where he resold for €100,000 to Steven Hillen and Kevin Ryan.

 

 

 

August 7

Just days after Theory turned heads with a smashing winning debut at Saratoga, it was the turn of his half-brother Roman Officer to take centre stage when successful in the Chairman's Cup at Mountaineer Park.

The pair are out of the stakes-placed Gem Sleuth, a daughter of Officer purchased by Chad Schumer on behalf of David Smart for $45,000 at last year's Keeneland November Sale.

Eight-time winner Roman Officer, by Roman Ruler, has won each of his four starts this year for trainer Kevin Patterson and now boasts close to $220,000 in earnings.

Gem Sleuth was a talented mare herself who won three races and was third in the Bennington Stakes. Also the dam of two other winners from four foals of racing age, the daughter of Officer is a half-sister to stakes winner Buddy Got Even and from the immediate family of G1 winner and sire Artie Schiller.

Gem Sleuth foaled a Paynter filly this year in New York and was bred back to Alpha.

 

August 1

Breaking Lucky, out of $50,000 Schumer Bloodstock purchase Shooting Party, returned to winning ways on Monday when successful in the G3 Seagram Cup at Woodbine.

Winner of last year's Prince Of Wales's Stakes, the son of Lookin At Lucky now boasts earnings of close to $500,000 for owner Gunpowder Farms LLC and trainer Reade Baker.

Partnered by Luis Contreras, Breaking Lucky stalked the early pace-setter Royal Son before striking three wide round the home turn. He took up the running at the top of the stretch and gamely repelled the even money favourite Are You Kidding Me to win by three-quarters of a length.

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 this year and was bred back to Palace Malice.

 

July 31

Theory turned plenty of heads on Saturday with a dominant display to take the $83,000 MSW on debut at Saratoga for Todd Pletcher.

The son of Gemologist, owned by WinStar Farm and the China Horse Club, was the subject of good reports heading into the race and didn't disappoint, drawing clear to win by 5 1/2 lengths and earn 'TDN Rising Star' status. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON THEORY.

The G1 Hopeful Stakes could be next for the colt, whose dam, Gem Sleuth, was purchased at last year's Keeneland November Sale while in foal to Paynter for just $45,000 by Chad Schumer on behalf of David Smart.

"We're very pleased, the colt had been training very well and we were expecting a good debut," Pletcher told the TDN. "For a nice-sized horse, he's got good tactical speed and is maybe even a little more precocious than Gemologist was. I would think [the Sept. 5 G1] Hopeful would be the logical target off that race assuming he comes back and trains accordingly."

Gem Sleuth was a talented mare herself who won three races and was third in the Bennington Stakes. Also the dam of two other winners from four foals of racing age, the daughter of Officer is a half-sister to stakes winner Buddy Got Even and from the immediate family of G1 winner and sire Artie Schiller.

Gem Sleuth foaled a Paynter filly this year in New York and was bred back to Alpha.

Also on Saturday, Blazing Angel landed the Minnesota Oaks and Smooth Strike ran second in the Minnesota Derby; Blazing Angel is a daughter of Angliana, a son of Giant's Causeway purchased for stud duty on behalf of Eureka Thoroughbred Farm, while Smooth Strike is out of Kris Star, purchased for just $3,500 by Chad Schumer as agent at the 2012 Keeneland November Sale. 

July 24 

Private purchase Turbulent Times became the latest stakes producer to pass through Schumer Bloodstock when her three-year-old son, Front Pocket Money, took the G3 Jersey Shore Stakes at Monmouth Park on Saturday.

Also successful in an allowance at Churchill Downs in May, Front Pocket Money advanced his record for Steve Asmussen to three wins from five starts for $152,050 in prize-money.

The son of Uncle Mo is the first foal out of Turbulent Times, a daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus purchased privately in the autumn of 2014. She is a half-sister to the Classic-placed miler Honoured Guest and out of Wind Silence, an A.P. Indy half-sister to G2 winner Surya, herself dam of G1 winner Aruna. Other recent high-profile family members include the G1-placed Consort while she is a direct descendant of the influential mare Kittiwake.

Also on Saturday, two-year-old Raglan Road turned in another good effort to run a close third to Velvet Mood in the My Dear Stakes at Woodbine.

The daughter of Victor's Cry made a winning debut at Woodbine in May before returning to the same track to run second in the Nandi Stakes.

She is the third winner from as many living foals out of Glaslyn, purchased for $15,000 by Chad Schumer while in foal to Temple City at last year's Keeneland November Sale. The Forestry mare is out of stakes winner Extend, an Unbridled's Song relation to top sprinter Dancing Spree.