June 5

Markhan looked a colt to follow in Ireland on Sunday when the five and a half length winner of the mile maiden at Listowel for David Marnane. 

Markhan was always travelling well under Colm O'Donoghue and made rapid improvement a furlong out to take up the running and stride clear.

The son of Birdstone was bought by Chad Schumer for $13,000 at the 2014 Keeneland September Sale and resold by Johnny Collins' Brown Island Stables the following May 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 - which made him the third top lot at Goresbridge - in the TDN.

May 29

Raglan Road lived up to the hype on Saturday with an authoritative debut victory in the 2yo MSW at Woodbine.

Sent off the $1.90 favourite for trainer John Ross, the daughter of Victor's Cry forced the pace and maintained the advantage under 'light handling' to score by a length.

Raglan Road becomes 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.

Also at Woodbine on Saturday, last year's Prince Of Wales's Stakes winner Breaking Lucky took his earnings past the $350,000 mark with a game second to Are You Kidding Me in the Grade 2 Eclipse Stakes. 

The Lookin At Lucky colt is out of the Grade 1-placed Shooting Party, a daughter of Sky Classic bought by Chad for $50,000 on behalf of long-time clients Jay and Christine Hayden.

May 27

Redesdale made an impressive winning debut for Brendan Walsh on Thursday in a MSW at Churchill Downs, overcoming greenness to score by a length over Graded stakes placed colts such as Show Bound. The Juddmonte-bred son of Speightstown, who is out of a Grade 3-winning sister to Danehill, was bought by Chad for just $18,000 in January.

Although not fully wound up for Thursday's race, Redesdale showed bright speed to track the leader during the opening exchanges, and when asked for his effort by Julian Leparoux, responded well to go clear and win in 1.09.86. In the process, he recorded a Beyer figure of 86.

Sold during the final days of this year's Keeneland January Sale, Redesdale is a half-brother to the Listed-placed First World and out of Harpia, a Grade 3 winning daughter of Danzig who was multiple Grade 2-placed.

In turn, Harpia is a sister to Danehill, a stallion who changed the face of the international bloodstock industry, as well as Grade 2 winner Eagle Eyed and Group 3 winner Shibboleth. Another sister, Family, bred Acomb Stakes winner Dundonnell, subsequently a classy performer in Hong Kong.



May 21

More congratulations to Johnny Collins of Brown Island Stables, whose First Defence colt realised €150,000 at the Goresbridge Breeze-up Sale in Ireland on Friday.

The colt was purchased for just $35,000 through Chad Schumer at the 2015 Keeneland September Sale.

Peter and Ross Doyle signed the ticket on the colt, who was the only purchase made on the day by Al Shaqab Racing.

His sale capped an excellent week for the Collins - Schumer axis, which were also to the fore at Arqana in Deauville, France, thanks to a daughter of Lonhro who sold for €130,000 to Alex Elliott. She was bought through Chad for just $20,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling Sale. Collins also sold an Arch colt for €100,000 to Stephen Hillen - he cost just $25,000.

May 17

Congratulations to the connections of Bella Paella, who bagged her second stakes win when successful in Monday's RPDC Classic Distaff Stakes at Will Rogers Downs.  Bred by Center Hills Farm in partnership with Fred and Susan Davis, Bella Paella was purchased in utero by Chad Schumer, as agent, for $13,000 at the 2012 Keeneland January Sale.

Chad also purchased both the sire and dam of the second placed horse, Vivid. Also bred by Center Hills Farm, Vivid is a daughter of Save Big Money and out of Vivid Impression, bought for $15,000. 

Save Big Money, a well-related son of Storm Cat, also sired the third home, Copper Flash.