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Blame (right) beats Zenyatta in the classic at Churchill Downs Louisville 6.11.10

Blame confirms his place at stud by beating Zenyatta 

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Blame returns home to Claiborne for stud duty

BLAME, who shattered Zenyatta’s dreams in a thrilling Breeders' Cup Classic, has been retired to his stand at his owner’s Claiborne Stud for the 2011 season.

Claiborne owns the homebred Blame in partnership with Adele Dilschneider.

After Saturday’s victory, Claiborne president Seth Hancock said: "It’s just something special. The farm has been what it’s been for 100 years. It hasn’t changed.

“A lot of great clients have horses there and there are a lot of great men and women that work there.

“I really can’t put it into words. I’ve been running the farm for 38 years and been around some great horses, but we’ve never owned a horse of the year, and that’s what I think we own now.”

Blame won nine wins from 13 starts and more than $4.3 million in prize-money.

A son of Arch, Blame is a grandson of Bound, the Nijinsky mare who is dam of the high-class Hong Kong Group 1 winner Archipenko.

She is also a full-sister to Number, dam of Grand Criterium winner Jade Robbery.

And third dam is the phenomenal Special, dam of Nureyev and granddam of Sadler's Wells.

Arch, who also  stands at Claiborne, is a son of Kris S whose best progeny include top British sprinter Les Arcs and Grade 1 winner Prince Arch

 

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