WELDER LOOKING TO GO OUT ON HIGH NOTE BY WINNING HIS FOURTH OKLAHOMA CLASSICS SPRINT TO TIE RECORD
Remington Park’s all-time winningest horse, Welder, will be trying to wrap up his career in racing with another record to add to his lengthy record book.
Owner Clayton Rash of Claremore, Okla., and trainer Teri Luneack have indicated that when this millionaire Oklahoma-bred 8-year-old gelding goes to post on Friday, Oct. 15 in the $130,000 Oklahoma Classics Sprint, sponsored by The Kaw Nation, that it will likely be his final race. The sprint is all part of the night of Oklahoma-bred stars competing in divisional stakes events for $1 million-plus in purse money.
If Welder, a gelded son of The Visualiser, out of the Tiznow mare Dance Softly, wins Friday night it will be his fourth consecutive victory in the Sprint, and it would tie for most wins in this stakes race with Okie Ride and Highland Ice. Highland Ice won four in a row from 1996-1999. Okie Ride won in 2011 and 2012, then missed two years, followed by wins in 2015 and 2016.
Welder has won 16 races at Remington Park, more than any other horse since 1988 when the track opened. He was purchased from Mighty Acres Farms in Pryor, Okla., for $6,750 as a yearling and has earned $1,250,731. His record is 43 starts, 27 wins, five seconds and six thirds. At Remington Park he has won 16-of-22 times for $876,712.
“I really like his draw (outside 8-post),” said Luneack. “I would like Welder to be remembered as the working man’s horse. He made his million the hard way.”
Among other records Welder, the 6-5 morning line favorite in the race, has set in his career here are:
Only horse to win Remington Park Horse of the Meet more than once. He has received awards as Horse of the Meet in 2018, 2019 and 2020
Three-time Oklahoma Horse of the Year in those same years
Set track record at Remington for 6 furlongs in 1 minute, 8.13 seconds, winning the David M. Vance Stakes on Sept. 29, 2019
Holds record here for most stakes wins in a row – 11. He won two Remington Park Turf Sprints (one on a muddy main track), four wins in the Silver Goblin Stakes, three wins in the Oklahoma Classics Sprint, and two wins in the David M. Vance Stakes.
This year’s edition of the Sprint drew eight horses and every horse in the race has been beaten by Welder at least once. Welder was bred in Oklahoma by Center Hills Farm. Mighty Acres is a subsidiary for them.
Mesa Moon (9-2) has been made the second favorite in the race. He is a non-stakes winner and finished behind fourth morning-line favorite Shannon C (6-1) in the Remington Park Turf Sprint last time out. Mesa Moon’s record on the dirt is similar to Shannon C’s, however. Mesa Moon has won three-of-six on the main track for $104,543 earned while Shannon C is two-of-six on dirt with $104,338 banked. The third choice in the morning line is Fast Breakin Cash (5-1) who has made $201,593 on the main track.
Shannon C, a two-time stakes winner, is the second highest earner in the field with $290,766 banked in 26 starts. Mesa Moon has won $133,345 in 10 starts and Fast Breakin Cash has won $219,849 in 20 tries.
The field for the Sprint from the rail out with horse, jockey, trainer and odds are:
Fast Breakin Cash, Ramon Vazquez, C.R. Trout, 5-1
No Lak of Speed, Luis Quinonez, Jesse Oberlander, 10-1
Euromantic, Alfredo Triana, Jr., Victor Hanson, 8-1
Shannon C, Leandro Goncalves, Scott Young, 6-1
Fly to the Bank, Carlos Montalvo, James Helzer, 15-1
D Toz, Lane Luzzi, Danny Pish, 20-1
Mesa Moon, Floyd Wethey, Jr., Scott Young, 9-2
Welder, David Cabrera, Teri Luneack, 6-5
The Classics Sprint is the third race of 10 on Oct. 15 with an approximate start time of 8:05pm. The big night of state-bred stakes events is underway at 7:07pm. All times are Central.
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