Blame’s 3-year-old daughter Senga represented her sire with his first GSW of 2017 when she outlasted 31-1 outsider La Sardane in the one-mile G3 Prix de la Grotte Etalon Kendargent at Chantilly in France.
“She was a bit nervous beforehand, maybe because she was fresh, but they tend to be a little like that in the family,” explained trainer Pascal Bary. “She relaxed well during the race, she had the perfect trip and quickened well to show her class. It was not too hard a race and the perfect re-introduction this year. She is entered in both French and English (1000) Guineas, but we have not yet decided which one she will go for. We’ll see how she comes out of this race and how she does in her work over the next two weeks before committing to one or the other.”
Sengas was a debut runner-up when going 7 ½ furlongs at Deauville last August, and then won a race at Saint-Cloud the following month. She came into the Prix de la Grotte off a fourth in the Oct. 2 G1 Prix Marcel Boussac. Out of the A.P. Indy mare Beta Leo, Senga is owned by Flaxman Stables Ireland.
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 Senga, plus Japanese star Resonator. His six stakes horses of 2017 include Wayward Lass Stakes winner No Fault of Mine. Blame stands for $25,000 at Claiborne.