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Thumb_russo Nicole Russo , 2017-09-05 - DRF Breeding Live Posted : Sep 5, 2017, 10:35 AM

FT Turf: Blame emerging as turf sire

Breeders' Cup Classic winner and Eclipse Award champion Blame, standing at historic Claiborne Farm in Kentucky, has emerged as an interesting turf sire - most recently evidenced when his 2-year-old son Maraud posted an impressive maiden special weight win on closing weekend at Saratoga. The rising star caps off a big summer for the stallion, who recorded his first career Grade/Group 1 winner in a classic on turf in France, as Senga scored in the Prix de Diane, or French Oaks.

Blame, a Grade 2 winner on Polytrack who never raced on turf, has 12 stakes winners, seven on turf - contributing to his having four yearlings selected for the inaugural Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase catalog. Senga is joined on his resume by Grade 3 winner Onus, a multiple course record sette and Grade 3 winner Fault, as well as stakes winners Exaggerated, Firsthand Report, Nobody’s Fault, Queen Caroline, and Sweet Victory. The stallion’s dirt runners are led by graded winners Far From Over and March.

Blame has lived up to a versatile sire line. His late sire Arch is best known for his dirt runners, with champion Blame joined by Grade 1 winners Archarcharch, Hymn Book, and Pine Island. But his standouts also included Canadian Horse of the Year Arravale, a multiple Grade 1 winner on turf, as well as turf Grade/Group 1 winners Grand Arch, Les Arcs, and Prince Arch.

Arch, who has one yearling from his final crop in the Fasig catalog, was one of several main-track Grade 1 winners for Kris S., a group led by Eclipse Award winners Action This Day and Hollywood Wildcat. But the Roberto stallion’s best runner was two-time Japanese Horse of the Year Symboli Kris S. He also sired Eclipse Award champion turf mare Soaring Softly, Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Prized, Epsom Derby winner Kris Kin, and Grade/Group 1 winners Dr Fong, Kicken Kris, and Whitmore’s Conn.