New stakes win for Welder; sire and dam purchased by Schumer BS
WELDER added a fourth stakes victory to his resume on Friday when successful in the Silver Goblin Stakes at Remington Park.
Welder duelled with the leader Z Rockstar during the early exchanges, took control in the stretch and proved best for a half-length win over Mr. N.
It was the ninth win overall for the Boyd Finnell-trained gelding, and pushed his earnings past the $300,000 mark.
Welder was bred in Oklahoma by Center Hills Farm, for whom Chad Schumer purchased both his sire, The Visualiser, and dam, Dance Softly.
Welder had a productive three-year-old season, winning the TRAO Classic Sprint Stakes and running placed in the Oklahoma Classics Sprint Stakes and Oklahoma Stallions Stakes. He returned this year to run out the four-length winner of an allowance race at Will Rogers Downs en route to an impressive win in the Highland Ice Stakes and second consecutive score in the TRAO Classic Sprint Stakes. In 15 starts, Welder has finished out of the top three only once.
The Visualiser, by Giant’s Causeway, was a $1 million yearling purchase by John Ferguson who won three races and 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.
The Visualiser stands at Mighty Acres in Oklahoma for $2,000.
Dance Softly, by Tiznow, was purchased by Chad Schumer, as agent, for $22,000 at the 2009 Keeneland November Sale. Welder the fourth foal and winner out of the mare, who is a half-sister to G3 winner Summer Doldrums.