The latest runner by Blame to make headlines is the talented 3-year-old filly Blamed, who won the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks by 6 1/4 lengths. It was her fifth consecutive victory, and it earned her 50 points on the road to the Kentucky Oaks.
Blamed has a history of running away from her competition, having also won the Island Fashion Stakes by 6 1/2 lengths and the El Paso Times Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths earlier this year.
Trained by Joel Marr, Blamed’s only defeat came when she finished second in her career debut last September. In her second start, however, Blamed crossed the wire 9 ½ lengths in front. Combined, she has won her last five starts by 30 ½ lengths.
Blamed races for Cleber J. Massey and was bred in Maryland by Sagamore Farm. She is out of the winning Giant’s Causeway mare Salsa Star, who has also produced the stakes-placed runner Chubby Star.
Over the weekend, Blame was also represented by several other stakes horses. Marley’s Freedom was second in the Santa Monica Stakes (G2); Blameitonthelaw, a TDN Rising Star, finished second in the $100,000 Bill Thomas Memorial Stakes; and Blame it on Alphie was second in the Mizdirection Stakes.
Blame is already the sire of 13 stakes horses in 2018, making him the leading sire in North America (with more than 30 starters) by percentage of black type horses. His other stakes performers this year include Grade 1 winner Fault and graded stakes winner Maraud. Represented by 17 stakes horses in 2017, including French Classic winner Senga, Blame stands for $12,500 at Claiborne.