Stakes-winning daughter of $10,000 mare hits $400,000 in earnings
It was yet another stakes payday for the connections of Gianna’s Dream on Friday as the consistent filly successfully defended her title in the Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf at Remington Park.
It was the second consecutive stakes win for the filly following a similarly easy win in last month’s Ricks Memorial Stakes, and her fourth stakes win overall.
Sent off a short favourite, Gianna’s Dream held a prominent position throughout and quickened clear when asked to win by two-and-quarter lengths. Back in third was Diva’s Rule, who was purchased in utero by Chad for $11,000 at the OBS October Sale.
Gianna’s Dream, by Twirling Candy, now boasts nine wins in 17 starts and approximately $400,000 in earnings for trainer Mike Maker.
Gianna’s Dream was bred by Center Hills Farm and Randy Blair out of Untamed Beauty, who was purchased while carrying the filly by Chad Schumer for just $10,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November Sale. The mare, a Rahy half-sister to the dam of G1 winner and successful sire Square Eddie, is the dam of seven winners overall.
Also on the Oklahoma Classics card, tough four-year-old Welder ran second in the Sprint Stakes to bring his total earnings to approximately $275,000.
Three-time stakes winner Welder was bred in Oklahoma by Center Hills Farm, for whom Chad Schumer purchased both his sire, The Visualiser, and dam, Dance Softly.
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.
Meanwhile, fellow Mighty Acres stallion Save Big Money was represented by Oklahoma Classics Distaff Stakes winner Inagoodway. Save Big Money, by Storm Cat, was also purchased by Chad as a stallion prospect.