• Thanks Ashton for this and the videos of Cigar. This one is hysterical! Poor Blame got tricked and didn't get what he thought he was going for. So funny!
  • You're more than welcome. Watching it always makes me laugh. Yes, funny boy!!
  • Great video, thank you, Ashton. When I was out there and met Pulpit he was the perfect gentleman, we could feed him peppermints, love on him, then the giggles started. His handler said, "son, now stop showing these fine people your money maker."
  • Claiborne Sets Fees for Blame, Algorithms
    By Blood-Horse Staff November 11, 2014
    Eclipse Award winner Blame , by Arch —Liable, by Seeking the Gold, will stand for $20,000 live foal stands and nurses in 2015, according to Claiborne Farm.
    In his first crop of 2-year-olds this year, Blame has had 75% of his starters win or place. He has six winners and 12 placed from 24 starters, including a graded stakes horse.
    The three-time grade I stakes winner is the leading first-crop sales sire in his crop by weanlings, yearlings, and 2-year-olds.
    Claiborne stallion Algorithms , whose first foals will be yearlings next year, will stand for $5,000 live foal stands and nurses in 2015.

  • Don't know if this has been posted here yet, but it's a beautiful piece on Blame:

    Haskin: Time to Give Blame His Due
    By Steve Haskin on Bloodhorse, Oct. 20th 2014
    To most everyone, the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic was a punch in the gut, the end of a magical run that brought an eerie hush to the crowd at Churchill Downs. Even after four years, many still find it difficult to watch Zenyatta’s spectacular run from last fall a head short of catching a courageous Blame. Unfortunately, this Classic will always be remembered as the race Zenyatta lost and not the race Blame won. And that is sad.

  • Honest is running Saturday January 3rd in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes. He will be ridden by Paco Lopez. He is trained by Eddie Plesa and owned by Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa.
  • BLAME GAME (Blame - La Pascua (SWI), by Caerleon)

    Race record: 1-1-0-0 ($21,600)

    Trainer: Todd Pletcher

    Owner: Alto Racing

    Breeder: Stone Farm

    Auction: 2013 KEESEP $200,000

    Outlook: in his debut at Gulfstream, Blame Game sat just off of the early pace, went four wide and galloped home by 3 ¼ lengths, getting six furlongs in an average 1:11.40. A professional debut, to be sure, and not especially remarkable. What is remarkable is that this colt has the pedigree to run all day. Despite the heavy international turf influences through his distaff line (when was the last time you saw a Swiss-bred in a pedigree?), Blame Game and his half siblings seem to prefer the dirt. He’s a half brother to the stakes veteran sprinter/miler HOT HOT MAMA, the middle-distance stakes winner PASCAL (by Menifee) and that one’s stakes placed full sister La Bomba. Another half sister bore American Derby hero Cozzetti. Blame Game’s Swiss-bred dam is a French-winning stakes mare and she owns the only other blacktype in two distaff generations. Blame Game’s third dam is the blue hen OLMEC, the grand dam of European Champions DANCING BRAVE and JOLYPHA. Blame Game is just one of the many talented colts in the Pletcher barn and we can expect to see Blame Game step into Stakes Company somewhere in the country in the near future.
  • FAR FROM OVER (Blame - Alchemist, by A.P. Indy)

    Race record: 1-1-0-0 ($36,000)

    Trainer: Todd Pletcher

    Owner: Black Rock Thoroughbreds

    Breeder: Alexander Groves Matz

    Auction: 2013 KEESEP $550,000

    Outlook: Maiden winners at Aqueduct in the winter don’t usually inspire springtime Derby dreams. However, when the names Pletcher and Mott are involved, the dreams are expected. Far From Over won his debut on December12. He was briefly headed by Net Gain (trained by Mott), who had made up ground from fourth place, but Far From Over came back at the wire. It was more than six lengths back to the third place finisher. The time for the 1 mile 70 yards was 1:43.11, which was the second-fastest time for that distance in the racing week. For comparison, El Kabeir won the Jerome in 1:44.69. Far From Over has one of the best pedigrees of this class of newly-turned three year olds. He has the pedigree to get 1 ¼ miles comfortably. Far From Over is a half brother to the listed winner Burj Dubai (by Distorted Humor) and to And Why Not (by Street Cry), who placed in five stakes races, including the Spinaway (G-1) and Delaware Handicap (G-1). Far From Over’s dam was third in the 1 1/8 mile Anne Arundel Stakes (G-3). She’s a full sister to Turnback the Alarm Handicap heroine ALTESSE. Far From Over’s second dam is ALDIZA, who won graded events from 6 ½ furlongs to 1 1/8 miles. Far From Over is inbred to the blue hen COURTLY DEE through full sisters Althea, the second dam of Blame’s sire Arch, and Aishah, who is Far From Over’s third dam. Far From Over is currently with the Pletcher string at Palm Beach Downs.
  • MARCH (Blame - Lifeinthefastlane, by Unbridled's Song)

    Race record: 2-1-1-0 ($50,000)

    Trainer: Chad Brown

    Owner: Robert LaPenta

    Breeder: Lakland Farm

    Auction: 2012 KEENOV $320,000

    Outlook: March was second in his November debut while sprinting and won his second start by a neck over Dontbetwithbruno when stretching out to 1 mile 70 yards at Aqueduct. It was eight lengths back to the rest of the field. By Horse of the Year Blame, March is a half brother to Bay Shore Stakes (G-3) hero EIGHTYFIVEINAFIFTY (by Forestry). There’s little blacktype in March’s Claiborne-bred immediate female family, however, this is the distaff line of the Grade 1 winning sire SEEKING THE GOLD, Champion Juvenile Filly QUEEN OF THE STAGE, Remsen hero FAST PLAY and REVIEWER, sire of the legendary RUFFIAN. March has the pedigree to develop into classic contender.
  • Far From Over (Blame - Alchemist, by A.P. Indy) – I like the way he earned a hard fought victory over a more experienced colt in his career debut at Aqueduct. Clearly things will only get tougher from here, but you can bet that distance will not be an issue for this Pletcher runner.
  • Blame Game (Blame - La Pascua, by Caerleon) – The son of the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner looked the part in winning his career debut last month. Step two on his ascent will be a strong allowance race on Saturday at Gulfstream Park against a stablemate and another colt on this list. He’ll be my lukewarm choice in that one, but look for him to appreciate more time and distance.
  • Also on the work tab Friday was Robert V. LaPenta's Withers probable March for trainer Chad Brown. The son of Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Blame turned in a bullet five-furlong breeze over the Belmont training track in 1:00.10. The dark bay colt has raced twice in maiden company, both at Aqueduct. He finished second going 6 1/2 furlongs Nov. 29 and then posted a narrow victory going two turns Jan. 11.

  • Far From Over is running February 7th in the Withers Stakes. He will be ridden by Manuel Franco. He is trained by Todd Pletcher and owned by Black Rock Thoroughbred LLP.
  • March s running February 7th in the Withers Stakes. He will be ridden by Jose Ortiz. He is trained by chad Brown and owned by Robert LaPenta. V.
  • The pedigree of Far From Over reads like a who's who of racing! This boy is very well bred.

    Couldn't believe he recovered from that stumble and won the way he did! Another one to watch.
  • Far From Over, El Kabeir Likely for Gotham

    QueenZ, you were on to Farm From Over before his race Saturday. Good eye!
  • Far From Over, El Kabeir Likely for Gotham


    QueenZ, you were on to Farm From Over before his race Saturday. Good eye!

    Make that Far From Over. Crazy fingers early in the morning.
  • Far From Over is definitely one to watch. Watched the Withers live on TVG and he ran an impressive race. Reminded me of Rags to Riches' Belmont. Not surprising since they both share A. P. Indy blood. If pedigree has anything to do with it, he will be a champion. Just hope he stays healthy.
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