The 6 1/4-length victory on Sunland Derby Day earned the 3-year-old daughter of Blame 50 points toward a start in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) and would move her up to sixth on the Oaks leaderboard is she gets nominated to the May 4 Run for the Lilies.
Trained by Joel Marr, Blamed finished second in her Zia Park debut, her only loss so far, but came back to win her second start by 9 1/2 lengths. She has won her five races by a combined 30 1/2 lengths.
One start prior to the Sunland Park Oaks, she outran a field of five other sophomore fillies by 6 1/2 lengths going a mile in the Feb. 25 Island Fashion Stakes at the New Mexico track.
Backed by bettors at odds of 2-5 in the five-horse Sunland Park Oaks, Blamed left post 4 comfortably, settled off the flank of pacesetter Kram, and waited for her signal to go. Kram set fractions of :23.76, 47:74, and 1:11.62 through six furlongs before jockey Ken Tohill let Blamed roll. She took over just past the quarter pole, ran a mile in 1:36.66, and, with a tap of the whip, finished the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.32.
Bred in Maryland by Sagamore Farm, Blamed is out of the Giant's Causeway mare Salsa Star.
Sunland Derby Day continued with the $100,000 Harry Henson Handicap at one mile, which drew a field of nine fillies and mares, 3 years and older. The field included the likes of graded stakes-placed Adore and multiple stakes winner K P Wildcat, but it was Summertime Oaks (G2) winner Faypien, backed at odds of 8-5, who edged to a clear 1 3/4-length score for trainer Bob Baffert and the Baoma Corporation.
The $100,000 Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes, run at 6 1/2 furlongs, went to Mt Veeder by a neck, giving the 5-year-old son of Ghostzapper his fourth stakes victory.