Welder keeps winning: sire and dam purchased by Schumer B/S
WELDER‘s winning run continued on Tuesday when he landed back-to-back renewals of the Trao Classic Sprint Stakes at Will Rogers Downs.
It was another bloodless score for the Theresa Luneack-trained gelding, who was always in command and drew away to win by four lengths. It was his fourth consecutive victory and eighth overall, and brought his earnings close to $250,000.
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. He returned this year to run out the four-length winner of an allowance race at Will Rogers Downs en route to an impressive win in the Highland Ice Stakes. In 12 starts, Welder has finished out of the top three only once.
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.
Also at Will Rogers Downs on Tuesday, three-year-old Hunter’s Humor turned in a fine effort to run third in the Will Rogers Handicap. The winning son of Maclean’s Music was bred by long-time client Eureka Thoroughbred Farm out of Forever Brilliant, a daughter of Straight Man purchased by Chad Schumer on behalf of Eureka for $10,000 at the 2013 OBS October Sale.