Fault proved faultless in the Pucker Up Stakes (G3) on Arlington Million day. The 3-year-old Blame filly saved ground early and angled out in mid-stretch to run down Journey Home to get up for the win by a neck.
“She’s just maturing and she keeps getting better,” said trainer Michelle Lovell. “We’ll take it one step at a time from here.”
Although it was Fault’s first graded stakes score, she has been in the money in seven of her nine lifetime starts. Coming into the Pucker Up, she was second in the Ta Wee Stakes in her first attempt at stakes company.
Fault is out of the stakes-winning Horse Chestnut mare Charming N Lovable, and she is campaigned by Agave Racing Stable.
An Eclipse Champion and three-time G1 winner during his race career, Blame has garnered international acclaim as a sire this year thanks to the success of both French Classic winner Senga and Japanese star Resonator. His 11 stakes horses in 2017 also include Wayward Lass Stakes winner No Fault of Mine. Blame stands for $25,000 at Claiborne.