Blame in July 2014
|Damsire||Seeking the Gold|
|Breeder||Claiborne Farm & Adele B. Dilschneider|
|Owner||Claiborne Farm & Adele B. Dilschneider|
|Trainer||Albert M. Stall, Jr.|
Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Classic (2010)
|American Champion Older Male Horse
|NTRA "Moment of the Year" (2010)|
Blame is a bay homebred colt owned by Claiborne Farm in association with Adele B. Dilschneider. He was sired by Claiborne's Arch out of the Seeking the Gold mare Liable (the 2010 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year). He was trained during his racing career by Al Stall Jr. and partnered with veteran jockey Garrett Gomez during his 2010 championship season.
He never finished out of the money in his racing career; along with his nine wins, he finished second twice and third twice. After being retired at the end of 2010, he was sent to stud at Claiborne Farm.
In his next start on October 17, with Jamie Theriot aboard, Blame broke his maiden, capturing his first win, a maiden special weight race over seven furlongs at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. Blame came from seven lengths back, making a five-wide move down the stretch to defeat Flying Warrior by a length, winning $31,225 of the $50,000 purse.
His winnings for his two-race season totaled $33,425.
He followed that with a win in an allowance race on July 2 at Churchill Downs with Jamie Theriot again aboard. That was the first of five consecutive races with Theriot aboard Blame, in which Blame would capture four wins and one second.
Blame made his stakes debut on August 2 a winning one in the $79,750 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. Blame was third until he made a rail move down the stretch to win by 3/4 of a length over Gone Astray, followed by Guam Typhoon, who had beaten Blame in an earlier race.
He then notched his first graded stakes win in the 1 1/8 mile, Grade II $150,000 Fayette Stakes at Keeneland on October 31, coming from third place with a five-wide move to win by 1 1/4 lengths over Parading.
Blame ended his 2009 racing year with another win, in the Grade II $460,600 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on November 27. He defeated Misremembered by a neck and multiple Grade I winner Einstein.
His 2009 winnings totaled $583,322 in six starts, with four firsts, one second and one third.
Garrett Gomez was aboard for all five of Blame's races in 2010. Blame made his 2010 debut a winning one on May 2 when he captured the 1 1/16 miles Grade III $100,000 William Donald Schaefer Handicap at Pimlico Race Course on Preakness Stakes day. Blame defeated No Advantage by 1 1/2 lengths.
Following the Stephen Foster, Blame was pointed to the $750,000 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga for an anticipated showdown with Metropolitan Handicap and Donn Handicap winner Quality Road. On August 7, Blame defeated favored Quality Road by a head in a field that also included 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, Musket Man and Haynesfield.
In the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic on November 6 at Churchill Downs, Blame became the only horse to beat champion and fan favorite Zenyatta, holding off the previously 19-0 mare by a nose. Along with Blame and Zenyatta, the field included 2010 Preakness Stakes winner Lookin At Lucky, Preakness runner-up First Dude, Haynesfield and Quality Road. With much of the pre-race attention focused on Zenyatta, the race was watched by approximately 3.1 million TV viewers on ESPN, nearly triple the ratings of the previous year's race.
Blame was named Champion Older Male for 2010 in the Eclipse Award voting. He finished a close second to Zenyatta in the Eclipse voting for Horse of the Year, receiving 102 first-place votes to Zenyatta's 128. Blame received the majority of first-place votes cast by members of the Daily Racing Form, while Zenyatta fared best with voters of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. He was racing's leading money-winner among North American thoroughbreds in 2010 with $3.75 million earned in only five starts, ahead of Lookin at Lucky ($2.06 million in seven starts) and Zenyatta ($1.83 million in six starts).
After Blame's Breeders' Cup Classic win in 2010, he was retired from racing to stand at stud at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky with his stud fee set at $35,000. Blame can be seen up close (along with his stable and stablemates) on by-appointment-only group walking tours of Claiborne Farm hosted by the farm's grooms. His first foal was born on January 13, 2012 to stakes-winning Irish-bred Promptly, at Derry Meeting Farm in Cochranville, Pennsylvania.
His first-in-foal mares brought up to $800,000 at the 2011 Keeneland November sale, and in 2012 he had a first-crop weanling sell for $320,000. In 2012 at the Keeneland November Sale, his progeny sold for a $136,154 average. In 2012, Blame was bred to 104 mares.
In August 2013, Blame led all first-crop sires at the Saratoga Select Yearling Sale with six yearlings sold for $1.36 million (a $226,667 average).
In 2013 at the annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Blame led first-crop sires by average as his 28 sires sold for an average of $194,357. Fourteen of Blame's progeny sold for at least $200,000. The top bid was for a Blame colt was out of Alchemist, which sold for $550,000. Four other colts brought between $300,000 and $365,000, three fillies brought between $250,000 and $285,000, and four fillies and two colts each brought between $200,000 and $240,000.
Blame's stud fee for 2014 remained $30,000. Through March 11, 2014, Blame led all freshman 2-year-old sales sires for the year by average and by median ($300,000). For the 2014 season, Blame was ranked 12th among all first-crop sires with $477,326 in earnings, with 28 runners and eight winners. His top earner was the filly Don't Blame Me with $80,750 in winnings.
On November 12, 2014, it was announced that Blame's stud fee would be lowered to $20,000 for 2015.
Blame's first winner came on June 19, 2014 in the first race at Santa Anita Park, a maiden special-weight race for 2-year-old fillies. Two-year-old bay filly Caval, by Blame out of Sultana (a Storm Cat mare) trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, went off as an even-money favorite. With Elvis Trujillo aboard, Caval won the five-furlong race by 5 1/2 lengths in a near-track record time of :56.78, .05 seconds from the track record, winning $33,600. Caval was bred in Kentucky by Tada Nobutaka and sold for $150,000 as a Keeneland September yearling.
The week prior to Caval's win, on June 13 at Belmont Park, Blame It On Chris, a bay colt by Blame out of Bayou Bride, posted a third-place finish in his first start, a five-furlong maiden special-weight race for 2-year-olds. Three days after Caval's win, Blame filly Conquest Archangel out of Hot Attraction by Pulpit overcame a slow start to place second in a 4.5-furlong maiden special-weight race for 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs. Conquest Archangel followed that with another second on July 20 at Del Mar racetrack.
On July 13, two-year-old Blame filly Don't Blame Me finished second in her maiden race at Lincoln Race Course, just over a length behind the winner.  At the one-day Fasig-Tipton July Sale of Selected Yearlings, a colt from Blame's second crop brought a final bid of $410,000 -- the second highest-priced individual of the sale.
During the weekend of September 26-28, Blame had three winners -- one on each day across the country -- Don't Blame Me (Santa Anita on Friday), Honest (Monmouth on Saturday), and No Fault of Mine (Arlington on Sunday).
For 2014, Blame was bred to 110 mares.
On Feb. 7 a Blame colt, Far From Over, established himself as a Kentucky Derby contender with a dramatic win in the $250,000 Grade 3 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct. The colt stumbled out of the gate and spotted five other three-year-olds five lengths at the first call and 10-and-a-half lengths after half a mile. He remained dead last for much of the race, still nine-and-a-half lengths back with 5/16th of a mile remaining. He then made a bold move under jockey Manuel Franco and flashed home with a decisive win over 1-2 favorite El Kabeir. It was Far From Over's second win in two starts.
Career race results
|1st||Breeders' Cup Classic||1 1⁄4 mi||G. Gomez||2:02.28||I||Zenyatta||Churchill Downs|
|2nd||Jockey Club Gold Cup||1 1⁄4 mi||G. Gomez||2:02.48||I||Haynesfield (1st)||Belmont Park|
|1st||Whitney Handicap||1 1⁄8 mi||G. Gomez||1:48.88||I||Quality Road||Saratoga Race Track|
|1st||Stephen Foster Handicap||1 1⁄8 m||G. Gomez||1:49.37||I||Battle Plan||Churchill Downs|
|1st||William Donald Schaefer Handicap||1 1⁄16 mi||G. Gomez||1:43.40||II||No Advantage||Pimlico Race Track|
|1st||Clark Handicap||1 1⁄8 mi||J. Theriot||1:49.39||II||Misremembered||Churchill Downs|
|1st||Fayette Stakes||1 1⁄8 mi||J. Theriot||1:50.54||II||Parading||Keeneland Race Track|
|2nd||Super Derby||1 1⁄8 mi||J. Theriot||1:49.63||II||Regal Ransom (1st)||Louisiana Downs|
|1st||Curlin Stakes||1 1⁄8 mi||J. Theriot||1:49.00||None||Gone Astray||Belmont Park|
|1st||Allowance||1 mi||J. Theriot||1:36.41||None||Blackberry Road||Churchill Downs|
|3rd||Allowance||7 fur||G. Gomez||1:22.61||None||Guam Typhoon (1st)||Churchill Downs|
|1st||Maiden||7 fur||J. Theriot||1:26.27||None||Flying Warrior||Keeneland Race Track|
|3rd||Maiden||6 1⁄2 fur||L. Wade||1:17.16||None||Beethoven (1st)||Turfway Park|
- http://www.equibase.com/premium/eqbPDFChartPlusIndex.cfm?tid=CD &dt=6/12/2009&ctry=USA
- http://www.equibase.com/premium/eqbPDFChartPlusIndex.cfm?tid=CD &dt=11/27/2009&ctry=USA
- http://www.equibase.com/premium/eqbPDFChartPlusIndex.cfm?tid=CD &dt=6/12/2010&ctry=USA
- Louisville.com: Blame takes the Breeders' Cup Classic, edging out Zenyatta
- http://www.equibase.com/premium/eqbPDFChartPlusIndex.cfm?tid=CD &dt=11/6/2010&ctry=USA