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.

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.