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More Graded stakes magic for Schumer purchase Shooting Party

Yet another update came the way of Shooting Party on Saturday when her granddaughter Mitchell Road ran out the easy winner of the Grade 3 Gallorette Stakes on the Preakness Stakes undercard at Pimlico.

Shooting Party pictured with Breaking Lucky as a foal. Photo: Christine Hayden/Horse Canada

Her victory for Bill Mott came hot on the heels of the outstanding Kentucky Derby effort of her half-brother Country House, who was awarded the Classic on the disqualification of Maximum Security.

The pair were bred by the late Joseph V. ‘Jerry’ Shields out of his homebred mare Quake Lake, a War Chant daughter of Shooting Party.

The Grade 1-placed Shooting Party, by Sky Classic, was purchased by Chad Schumer as agent for Jay and Christine Hayden for $50,000 at the 2008 Keeneland November Sale.

The daughter of Sky Classic has subsequently become an accomplished producer for the Haydens as the dam of the Grade 1-placed Breaking Lucky, a $1.2 million earner whose victories include the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and Group 3 Seagram Stakes. Like Country House, he is a son of Ashford Stud stallion Lookin At Lucky – given his sire Smart Strike is related to Sky Classic, the cross results in inbreeding to blue hen No Class.

It was recently announced that Breaking Lucky will stand at stud at Blue Star Racing in Louisiana.

The Gallorette Stakes marked the fifth victory in seven starts for the rapidly progressive Mitchell Road, a daughter of English Channel who boasts earnings of approximately $250,000.

Shooting Party has a two-year-old colt by Palace Malice and is in foal to Accelerate.

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