Welder Earns First Stakes Win in TRAO Classic Sprint at Will Rogers

Welder earns his first career stakes win (Photo by Coady Photography)
Welder earns his first career stakes win (Photo by Coady Photography)

Ra-Max Farms LLC’s Welder stamped himself as an Oklahoma-bred to watch as he scored in his stakes debut with a 2 ½-length win in the $55,000 TRAO Classic Sprint Stakes at Will Rogers Downs on Tuesday. Ridden by Travis Cunningham for trainer Theresa Luneack, the 3-year-old gelding by The Visualiser opened up by as many as five lengths on the field and then rolled home to stop the timer in a very quick 1:08.70 for six furlongs.

Welder scored a similar victory against allowance foes at Will Rogers on March 16, and last year he finished second and then first against maiden special weight company at Remington Park. With three wins in four starts, he has already banked $80,727.

The Visualiser
The Visualiser (Photo by Bob Heidlage)

Welder was bred by Center Hills Farms and sired by The Visualiser, a son of Giant’s Causeway owned by Center Hills and standing at Mighty Acres in Pryor, Oklahoma. The Visualiser is also the sire of Oklahoma-bred Zealous Vision, a two-time stakes winner with nearly $200,000 in earnings.

Perfect to Please, the slight betting favorite and the winner of the Red Earth Stakes on the Remington turf last year, finished a clear second. Johnny Whip, a veteran of 54 starts with earnings of more than $434,000, took third.