Welder back in the headlines – and a new win for Shanaghai City
Welder was back in the headlines on Sunday as the remarkable gelding landed the Guthrie Sprint to tie the all-time mark for most wins at Remington Park.
It was the 15th win at the track for the popular Oklahoma-bred, who only last month also became the winningest stakes horse in track history with a fourth victory in the Silver Goblin Stakes.
Both Welder’s sire and dam were both purchased by Schumer Bloodstock on behalf of breeders Center Hills Farm.
The event was deemed as a match race between Welder and Steve Asmussen’s Share the Upside, and that’s exactly how it panned out, with the pair hooking up for the first half-mile. However, Welder started to edge ahead of his rival at the top of the stretch and at the wire, the two-time Oklahoma Horse of the Year had three-quarters of a length to spare.
It was the 26th win overall for the gelding, owned by Clayton Rash’s Ra-Max Farms and trained by Teri Luneack. He boasts earnings of $1,204,042.
Welder’s winning record also includes 4 renewals of the Silver Goblin Stakes; 2 Oklahoma Classics Sprint Stakes; 2 David M. Vance Stakes; 2 Remington Park Turf Sprint Stakes; and 2 Highland Ice Stakes.
“That’s crazy to have won 15 here,” Luneack told the Blood-Horse. “And to win 26 races in a lifetime; how many horses do you think have ever done that? This is a great way to end the meet, a great way to end the year, and the greatest Christmas present ever.”
His sire, the Group 3-placed The Visualiser, by Giant’s Causeway, was a $1 million yearling purchase by John Ferguson who won three races in Britain and the US. Purchased for stallion duty by Chad Schumer, he is also sire of 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 Sunday, yearling purchase Shanaghai City made it back-to-back wins with an easy win in the feature handicap at Abu Dhabi.
The son of Shanghai Bobby, who was winning for the third time in his past four starts, was a $47,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase by Chad Schumer with Irish pinhooker Johnny Collins of Brown Island Stables.