WELDER READY TO ADD TO HIS LEGACY, ATTEMPTING TO EXTEND HIS STAKES STREAK TO 11 CONSECUTIVE
When Welder goes to the gate for the $70,000 Silver Goblin Stakes on Friday, Nov. 13, the legendary Oklahoma-bred gelding will be trying to set a new record and extend another.
If the 7-year-old by The Visualiser, out of the Tiznow mare Dance Softly, can prove triumphant, he would be the only horse to ever win the Silver Goblin Stakes four times. He currently is tied with Okie Ride, a member of the Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame at Remington Park, with three wins apiece in this race.
Welder, owned by Ra-Max Farms (Clayton Rash) of Claremore, Okla., and trained by Teri Luneack, has won the Silver Goblin Stakes three years in a row. Welder also will try to extend his stakes winning streak to 11 at Remington Park, something no other horse has ever done here. His streak started on Nov. 17, 2017 in the Silver Goblin Stakes and followed that with victories in 2018 in the Remington Park Turf Sprint (moved to a sloppy main track), the David M. Vance Stakes, the Oklahoma Classics Sprint and the Silver Goblin Stakes. That marked the first time any horse had ever won four stakes races in one thoroughbred season at Remington.
The streak continued in 2019 when he took the Vance Stakes, the Oklahoma Classics Sprint and the Silver Goblin Stakes. He was then voted Horse of the Meeting for the second year in a row, becoming the only horse to ever accomplish that feat. In 2020, he has won the Remington Park Turf Sprint and the Oklahoma Classics Sprint. The turf sprint actually stayed on the grass this year and it was Welder’s first try on that surface. He got to the wire first by a neck after it appeared he was beaten twice in the stretch.
“I almost had a heart attack,” said Luneack, after watching her prized athlete gain late to win by a neck.
Welder will be a part of a field of six for this Silver Goblin Stakes. His millionaire record and status at Remington Park has made it somewhat difficult to fill races in which he is a participant. Welder’s lifetime record is 36 starts, 24 wins, five seconds and four thirds for $1,137,018 in money earned.
Another Welder victory would be his 14th at Remington Park and would put him within one of the all-time number of wins here. He has 13 wins in 17 tries in Oklahoma City and is now two wins away from tying Highland Ice and Elegant Exxactsy, who won 15 times each at Remington Park.
Welder was bred at Center Hills Farm’s division of Mighty Acres Ranch in Pryor, Okla., the same farm that produced $3 million-winning turf horse Kip Deville.
Here’s a look at the field for this year’s edition of the Silver Goblin Stakes, 6-1/2 furlongs for Oklahoma-breds, three and older, with post positions, horse, jockeys, trainers and morning line odds:
1) Fly to the Bank: Lindey Wade, James Helzer, 12-1
2) Welder: David Cabrera, Teri Luneack, 2-5 (morning-line favorite)
3) Rockport Kat: Richard Eramia, Teri Luneack, 15-1
4) Dominante: Obed Sanchez, Shon Dunlap, 20-1
5) No Lak of Speed: Luis Quinonez, Jesse Oberlander, 8-1
6) Quality Rocket: Garrett Steinberg, Boyd Caster, 3-1
Remington Park racing continues Saturday, Nov. 7 with first post at 7:07pm-Central.
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