Welder and Gianna’s Dream dominate Oklahoma Classics
Welder, whose sire and dam were both purchased by Schumer Bloodstock, continued his remarkable winning spree on Friday when successful in the Oklahoma Classics Sprint Stakes at Remington Park.
His win came on the same card that Gianna’s Dream, out of Schumer purchase Untamed Beauty, won her third consecutive renewal of Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf Stakes.
Welder, now the winner of 14 races, drew off to win the Oklahoma Classics Sprint Stakes by close to five lengths from Shannon C.
Now the earner of nearly $600,000,Welder was winning his eighth black-type race. He had a productive three-year-old season, winning the TRAO Classic Sprint Stakes, and was again smart at four, when he ran out the impressive winner of the Highland Ice, Silver Goblin and TRAO Classic Sprint Stakes. The gelding returned this year to take a third edition of the TRAO Classic Sprint Stakes before dominating in the Remington Park Turf Sprint and David M. Vance Stakes.
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. Mighty Acres is also home to the regally-bred Save Big Money, himself represented on the Classics card by promising two-year-old She’s Shiney, successful in the Oklahoma Classics Lassie Stakes on only her second start. Like The Visualiser, Save Big Money was purchased to stand at Mighty Acres in a deal brokered by Schumer Bloodstock.
Welder’s dam 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.
Gianna’s Dream, meanwhile, also advanced her earnings to close to $600,000 with her victory in the Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf Stakes, remarkably her third straight win in the race.
It was the 11th success for the daughter of Twirling Candy, who also boasts wins in the Bob Barry Memorial Stakes and Ricks Memorial Stakes.
Gianna’s Dream is out of the Rahy mare Untamed Beauty, bought by Chad Schumer for $10,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November Sale.