Third straight TRAO Classic Sprint win for Welder
The remarkable Welder won the TRAO Classic Sprint Stakes for the third consecutive year on Tuesday.
The winner of ten races overall for close to $350,000 in earnings, 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. Last year, he ran out the impressive winner of both the Highland Ice and Silver Goblin Stakes in addition to taking a second renewal of the TRAO Classic Sprint Stakes.
In 17 starts, Welder has finished out of the top three only twice.
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.