Shortly after 9 a.m. Nov. 12 on a sun-filled Kentucky morning, Blame returned home to his birthplace at Claiborne Farm near Paris to start his second career as a stallion.
Riding with the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) winner on the trailer trip from Keeneland was his co-owner and co-breeder, Adele Dilschneider. Al Stall Jr., the colt’s trainer, flew up from Fair Grounds in New Orleans to be on hand as Blame walked a short way up a path to his new home. While two-dozen farm employees looked on, Blame was led into the first stall in the stallion barn closest to Claiborne’s main office. His name was already on the shiny nameplate next to the stall door.
Because of his resemblance to Buckpasser, Claiborne president Seth Hancock decided to house Blame in the stall previously occupied by that Hall of Famer. The stall was home to Devil’s Bag in the interim. After having his leg bandages removed, the colt moved to the front of the box and looked out at his new surroundings. He gladly took a mint from an employee as he settled in.
Blame's sire, Arch, also stands at stud at Claiborne.
Claiborne is the co-owner and co-breeder of Blame. It has announced his stud fee will be $35,000 for the 2011 breeding season.