Blame

Blame's career in photos.

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Blame (Arch - Liable by Seeking the Gold) was born on May 2, 2006

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

at Claiborne Farm,

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

the fifth generation of his family to be born at the historic farm.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Blame's sire, Arch, won the 1998 Super Derby (gr. I).

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

His dam, Liable, shown with her 2010 filly by Tiznow, was stakes-placed, and has produced additional stakes winner Tend.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Blame was trained by Al Stall, Jr., who also comes from a Thoroughbred family.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

At 2, Blame ran twice, breaking his maiden in his second start at Keeneland on October 17. His first stakes win came in the Curlin Stakes at Saratoga. His first graded stakes try came in the Super Derby (gr. II) at Louisiana Downs on September 19. He couldn't catch favorite Regal Ransom, but was gaining at the end for second.

Photo: Lou Hodges, Jr.

In his next start, he took on his elders in the Fayette Stakes (gr. II) on the Polytrack at Keeneland. He went by favorite Parading late to claim his first graded stakes victory.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Blame finished 2009 with a victory in the Clark (gr. II) at Churchill Downs, defeating 13.

Photo: Churchill Downs/reed Palmer Photography

Finishing behind Blame were graded stakes winners Misremembered, Einstein, Anak Nakal, Dubious Miss, Bullsbay, Demarcation, Macho Again, Kiss the Kid, You and I Forever, Etched, and Timber Reserve.

Photo: Churchill Downs/reed Palmer Photography

Moving into the Winner's Circle after the Clark.

Photo: Churchill Downs/reed Palmer Photography

2010 began at Pimlico on Preakness Day, with a victory in the William Donald Schaefer Stakes (gr. III)

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Then, it was back to Churchill Downs, where he ran down favorite Battle Plan late

Photo: Churchill Downs/reed Palmer Photography

to win the Stephen Foster (gr. I).

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Photo: Mark Mahan

Enjoying the Stephen Foster victory.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Despite Blame's victory in the Stephen Foster, Quality Road was the big favorite in the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) and he led the field early on.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

But Blame roared home late

Photo: Adam Coglianese

to get the victory by a head.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Photo: Adam Coglianese

Battling down the stretch in the Whitney.

Photo: Coglianese Photos

Blame returned to Kentucky to prepare for the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Getting a bath after his work

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

and a mint from Dell Hancock.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

The Jockey Club Gold Cup did not work out exactly as planned, as Blame (left) was unable to run down a free-running Haynesfield.

Photo: Adam Coglianese

But, Blame continued to work toward the ultimate goal of the Breeders' Cup.

Photo: Churchill Downs/reed Palmer Photography

Off in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Blame breaks from the 5 hole.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

Surging to the lead in the Classic.

Photo: Skip Dickstein

and holding off Zenyatta, to get the victory.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Celebrating a Classic victory.

Photo: Rick Samuels

The Classic Winner's Circle

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Mission accomplished. Time for a new career, showing off for potential breeders.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

A photo op with potential breeders and fans.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Heading out to his paddock at Claiborne.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Going for a run

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

and a roll.

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Blame; 13 starts, 9 wins, 2 seconds, 2 thirds, earnings of $4,368,214

Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

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