2nd at 6FAYETTE S.
(gr. II , 9f , to Blame, defeating Wicked Style, Public Speaker, Dominican, Tizfiz, Jade's Revenge, National Pride ).
The rapidly-improving 3-year-old colt Blame notched his first graded stakes victory when he stormed past the favorite Parading Oct. 31 to capture the $150,000 Fayette Stakes (gr. II) on the closing day of KeenelandÕs fall race meet.
The only 3-year-old in the field of eight, Blame came into the Fayette off of a second-place finish in the Sept. 19 Super Derby (gr. II). Prior to that race, he won the restricted Curlin Stakes at Saratoga. The Albert Stall Jr.-trainee now has improved his record to four wins from seven starts, with earnings of $356,875.
Jockey Jamie Theriot was content to sit well off the early leaders, keeping Blame toward the rear of the field throughout much of the early going. Tizfiz, the only distaffer in the field, led through moderate early fractions of :24.86 and :48.86.
Wicked Style took over the lead as the field entered the far turn, but Parading, who had captured the Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) during KeenelandÕs spring meet, quickly swept to the front and appeared on his way to the victory.
By this time, Theriot had Blame in the clear on the outside, and the duo rolled past Parading in the final furlong to win by 11Ú4 lengths. Wicked Style held for third, another half-length behind Parading. Final time for the nine furlongs was 1:50.54.
ÒWeÕve always been kinda high on him since he was a 2-year-old, so we decided to take our time,Ó said Glenn Brookfield, assistant to Stall. ÒItÕs paying off. WeÕre going to have a solid horse for next year.Ó
Bred and owned by Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider, Blame is a son of Arch, who captured this same race in 1998. Arch also won the Super Derby (gr. I) that same year, on his way to winning five of seven lifetime starts for Claiborne Farm.
A half-brother to stakes winner Tend, Blame is out of the stakes-placed Seeking the Gold mare, Liable. From a rich female family that has been cultivated for several generations by Claiborne, Liable is a half-sister to Archipenko, who won the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-I) in 2008.
LiableÕs second dam, Special, produced Nureyev, along with Fairy Bridge (dam of SadlerÕs Wells and Fairy King) and Number (dam of Numerous).
After being barren to the cover of Dynaformer for 2009, Liable has been bred to Tiznow for 2010.
Arch is the sire of 26 stakes winners, including three 2009 added-money winners. Arch stands at the Hancock familyÕs Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., where he stood for $25,000 in 2009.-M.J.S.
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