April 27
 

Welder continued his upward trajectory on Tuesday when successful in the TRAO Classic Sprint Stakes at Will Rogers Downs. The three-year-old, who was winning for the third time in four starts, is by The Visualiser and out of Dance Softly, both of whom were purchased by Chad Schumer on behalf of Warren Center's Center Hills Farm.

Welder scored comfortably by two and a half lengths from Perfect To Please to bring his earnings to approximately $80,000.
 
Bred by Center Hills Farm, Welder becomes the second stakes winner from 34 foals aged three and above by The Visualiser. 

April 13

Ibn Malik, one of the leading British-trained two-year-olds of last year, gained a deserved stakes success today when the easy winner of the Listed Free Handicap at Newmarket. His half-sister Osratty was bought for just 13,000gns by Schumer Bloodstock at Tattersalls in July 2013.

A debut winner at Newmarket and runner-up to Emotionless in the Champagne Stakes (Gr.2) at Doncaster last year, Sheikh Hamdan's three-year-old proved he had trained on well with an impressive front-running performance to score by two lengths from Scrutineer.

Ibn Malik and Osratty are out of the regally-bred Storm Cat mare Moon's Whisper, a record $4.4 million yearling purchase by Shadwell who is a daughter of French Champion and Classic winner East Of The Moon. Her second dam is the legendary Miesque, dam of Kingmambo.

 

Schumer Bloodstock purchased eight horses in Europe during 2013 - 2014. In addition to Osratty, they include:

BLAMELESS and ENTREATY: bought for €22,000 and 11,000gns, they later became half-sisters to Godolphin's current Classic prospect Very Talented

GHUSOON: bought for 7,500gns, this daughter of Red Ransom is a half-sister to Zawraq, subsequently an unbeaten Listed winner

UTOPIQUE: bought for €8,000, this daughter of Falco is a half-sister to subsequent Listed winner Tristesse

ASPERITES: bought for €15,000, this daughter of Danehill Dancer won her second American start at Churchill Downs

* SHY ROSA: bought for 10,000gns, this daughter of Dixie Union went on to win five races and turn over approximately $100,000 for connections within six months of purchase

 

We'll be at all the major European sales again this year.

March 13

Further success was forthcoming for both Great Minds and Strawberry Baby on Saturday as the pair secured stakes victories within hours of each other.

The pair are out of Staff Nurse and Kendall Hill respectively, who were purchased for a total of just $17,000 by Chad Schumer, as agent.

Saturday's Borgata Stakes at Delta Downs was a deserved first stakes success for Great Minds, who has been a consistently progressive performer for trainer Al Stall. Fresh off a Delta Downs allowance victory, he tracked the pace early in the mile event before drawing off for a length score. In the process, the son of Stroll boosted his overall record to four victories for approximately $170,000 in earnings.

Great Minds is out of Staff Nurse, a winning daughter of Arch who was bought for just $15,000 by Chad Schumer while in foal to Trappe Shot at the 2015 Keeneland November Sale. 

Great Minds is the best of five winners out his dam, who is a three-parts sister to Listed winner Intern and from the immediate family of Commissioner.

Strawberry Baby, meanwhile, recorded her second stakes victory when running out the comfortable winner of the Big Easy Stakes at the Fair Grounds. Now the winner of five of nine starts and approximately $135,000, Strawberry Baby is out of Kendall Hill, who was purchased for just $2,000 out of the Liberation Farm dispersal at the 2012 Keeneland November Sale.

Kendall Hill, a Theatrical daughter of G2 winner Blue Jean Baby, is also the dam of another classy filly in Adriani, who also gained black-type following the sale of her dam.

Also on Saturday, Harmonic made a pleasing return off a long layoff for Brendan Walsh when third in a competitive allowance race at Gulfstream Park. The G3-placed son of Congrats, who was knocked down to Chad Schumer for $70,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Summer Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale in Kentucky, made good late headway under Fergal Lynch to take third behind Conquest Typhoon.

February 29

Group 1 winner Leeman, whose dam, Number One Cat, was purchased by Chad Schumer for $48,000 in 2012, set himself up for a potential crack at the UAE Derby at the weekend when second in the Group 1 King Abdulaziz Cup in Saudi Arabia.

The son of Northern Afleet was partnered by Jose Ortiz, who flew to the King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh after accepting an invitation to specifically to ride the colt. In the event, he ran a very good race, finishing a length second to stablemate Kaflah. The pair pulled nearly five lengths clear of the third.