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.

July 20

The prestigious York Ebor Festival meeting could be on the agenda for Markhan following his victory in a competitive mile handicap at Naas in Ireland on Wednesday evening.

The David Marnane-trained three-year-old battled bravely to repel the older horse Stronger Than Me and record his second success of the season. The Racing Post were particularly taken with his win, labelling him as colt that is 'improving fast'.

Markhan, by Birdstone, was a $13,000 yearling purchase by Chad Schumer at the 2014 Keeneland September Sale. He was resold at Goresbridge the following May by Johnny Collins' Brown Island Stables for €145,000 to Ibrahim Rachid, acting on behalf of Prince Saif Aldin al Saud.

Click here to read about his two-year-old sale in the TDN - which made him the third most expensive lot sold at that sale.

David Marnane told the Racing Post: "He's a grand horse and very progressive. He's still learning and there is a 1m handicap at York's Ebor meeting that we might look at now for him."

Chad and Johnny have forged quite a partnership in recent years. In addition to Markhan, they teamed up to purchase recent exciting debut winner Syphax, who could run in Saturday's Pat Eddery Stakes at Ascot, and Lingfield Park scorer High Acclaim. Another purchase, a $35,000 son of First Defence, turned a good profit for Collins this May when resold for €150,000 at Goresbridge.

July 9 

Syphax, a $25,000 yearling purchase by Chad Schumer on behalf of Johnny Collins' Brown Island Stables, made the perfect start to his racing career on Friday when running out the easy winner of his debut at Musselburgh.

The son of Arch, trained by Kevin Ryan, was sent off at 2/1 for the 7 furlong contest and only had to be stoked up by Tom Eaves to overcome the favourite Lucky Esteem and score by three-quarters of a length. The Queen's Elementary ran third - it was a special day for Musselburgh in that the Queen made the trip to the track to celebrate its 200th anniversary and watch her colt run in person.

Eaves was suitably impressed with the colt, telling the Racing Post: "I think the world of Syphax. His home work is very good and I thought he might win today. He was very green and he will have learned a lot."

The Racing Post, meanwhile, commented: "This was a bright start from this well-regarded colt who holds a Gimcrack entry, and he should have learned plenty from the experience."

Bred by Pin Oak Stud, Syphax is the third foal out of Listed winner Much Obliged, a Kingmambo half-sister to Grade 3 winner Bedanken and the Grade 2-placed Free Thinking.

Purchased for $25,000 as a yearling, he was beautifully prepared by Johnny Collins for the Arqana Breeze-up Sale at Deauville in May, where he realised €100,000 to agent Stephen Hillen.

 

June 21

 

Discreetly Mine, sire of last year’s Juvenile Dirt Sprint Stakes winner Sheikh Of Sheikhs, has been sold to stand at Norman Fox’s Haras Lascala in Uruguay. The deal was brokered by Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock in association with Diego Mitagstein of Perhaps Bloodstock and Pablo Núñez.

 

The winner of five of 13 starts and approximately $800,000 in earnings, the son of Mineshaft capped his career for Todd Pletcher with a victory in the King’s Bishop Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. He was also successful in the Amsterdam Stakes (G2), Risen Star Stakes (G2) and Jersey Shore Stakes (G3), and second in the Champagne Stakes (G1).

 

Discreetly Mine is the sire of six black-type performers from three crops of racing age sired from his time at Lane’s End Farm in Kentucky. In addition to Sheikh Of Sheikhs, his progeny include multiple stakes winner Control Stake and the G3-placed Classy Class.

 

“We’re pleased to acquire such a high class racehorse and half-brother brother to successful Kentucky sire Discreet Cat for Mr Fox’s farm,” said Chad Schumer. “What a wonderful option for Uruguayan breeders.”

 

Discreetly Mine was bred by E Paul Robsham out of the 1995 Alabama Stakes (G1) heroine Pretty Discreet and is a half-brother to G1 winner Discreet Cat and the G1-placed Pretty Wild.