Welder does it again to sit close to $700,000 in earnings
The remarkable Welder continued his winning spree on Tuesday with an impressive success in the Highland Ice Stakes at Will Rogers Downs.
It was the second win in the race for the Theresa Sue Luneack-trained gelding – whose sire and dam were both purchased by Schumer Bloodstock – and his tenth stakes win overall. Overall, he boasts a record of 16 wins from 25 starts for close to $700,000 in earnings.
Sent off the overwhelming favourite on this occasion, Welder pressed the early pace before kicking clear to win easily under a hand ride.
Bred in Oklahoma by Center Hills Farm, for whom Chad Schumer purchased both his sire, The Visualiser, and dam, Dance Softly, Welder first struck notoriety for owner Ra-Max Farms LLC at three, when his victories included the TRAO Classic Sprint Stakes.
He was again smart at four, when he ran out the impressive winner of the Highland Ice, Silver Goblin and TRAO Classic Sprint Stakes and returned last year to take a third edition of the TRAO Classic Sprint Stakes before dominating in the Remington Park Turf Sprint, David M. Vance Stakes, Oklahoma Classics Sprint Stakes and Silver Goblin Stakes.
His sire, 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 $1,500.
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.