Welder – racing’s newest millionaire
Welder, whose sire and dam were both purchased by Schumer Bloodstock, entered the history books on Tuesday with a fifth straight win in the TRAO Classic Sprint to become racing’s newest millionaire.
Now the earner of $1,006,393, Welder boasts 22 wins in 33 starts for owner Ra-Max Farms LLC and trainer Theresa Sue Luneack.
Welder was typically dominant in Tuesday’s victory, ranging up at the quarter pole and lengthening clear for a near seven length victory under David Cabrera.
Welder’s winning record also includes 3 renewals of the Silver Goblin Stakes; 2 Oklahoma Classics Sprint Stakes; 2 David M. Vance Stakes; and 2 Highland Ice Stakes.
Welder was bred in Oklahoma by Center Hills Farm.
His sire, The Visualiser, by Giant’s Causeway, was a $1 million yearling purchase by John Ferguson who won three races in Britain and the US. He also ran second in the Canadian Derby (G3). His second crop of seven foals includes multiple stakes winner Zealous Vision. Welder is from the stallion’s third crop.
Dance Softly, by Tiznow, was purchased by Chad Schumer, as agent, for $22,000 at the 2009 Keeneland November Sale. Welder is the fourth foal and winner out of the mare, who is a half-sister to G3 winner Summer Doldrums.
Also on Monday, Spring Steen – out of $35,000 Schumer purchase Spring Unbridled – ran second in the Miranda Diane Stakes to bring her earnings to approximately $200,000.