Welder romps again for ninth stakes success
15 wins for $640,000 in earnings – that’s the record of Welder after he continued his remarkable winning spree on Friday with an impressive romp in the Silver Goblin Stakes at Remington Park.
The victory provided the Theresa Sue Luneack-trained gelding – whose sire and dam were both purchased by Schumer Bloodstock – with a fourth straight stakes success, a second consecutive renewal of the Silver Goblin Stakes and his ninth stakes win overall.
Sent off the overwhelming favourite on this occasion, Welder made a quick move at the quarter pole to seal the race and win by just over six lengths from Shannon C.
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 this year to take a third edition of the TRAO Classic Sprint Stakes before dominating in the Remington Park Turf Sprint, David M. Vance Stakes and Oklahoma Classics Sprint 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.
Also on Friday, Arch Gold landed a deserved success in the maiden at Jebel Ali for owner Hussain Alabbas Lootah.
The Arch colt was purchased by Chad Schumer and Brown Island Stables for $37,000 as a yearling and resold for €130,000 as a two-year-old to Richard Knight.