The first foal for Murmur Farm stallion Blofeld was born on March 1 at the farm in Darlington, Md., when David Baxter’s mare Stormin Casey delivered a chestnut filly. The other nine foals out of the In Case mare are all winners.
A son of the nation’s 2019 leading sire Quality Road, Blofeld was an undefeated 2-year-old and went on to amass $745,420 in 14 career starts. He won a graded stakes second time out, in Belmont Park’s Futurity Stakes-G2 while completing six furlongs in 1:09.49, captured Aqueduct’s one-mile Nashua Stakes-G2 by five lengths, and won his career debut in a Saratoga maiden special weight going five furlongs in :57.83. He added another graded win at 4 by taking the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap at one mile over Stanford and Valid.
Blofeld descends from the female line of Flight Dancer developed by the late Edward P. Evans at his Spring Hill Farm in Virginia. Evans also bred multimillionaire Quality Road, a seven-time stakes winner whose biggest scores included track record-setting wins in the Florida Derby-G1 and Donn Handicap-G1, and Grade 1 scores in the Metropolitan and Woodward. Quality Road has sired champions Abel Tasman and Caledonia Road, Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile-G1 and 2019 Pegasus World Cup Invitational-G1 winner City of Light as well as current top 3-year-old filly Bellafina. Blofeld is one of 21 graded winners in his sire’s first five crops.
Blofeld’s dam Storm Minstrel, a daughter of Storm Cat who earned $299,339 and won or placed in seven stakes, is out of Grade 1-placed Colonial Minstrel (by Pleasant Colony), an earner of $556,586 over three seasons with 17 top-three finishes in 24 starts. Colonial Minstrel’s six stakes wins included the Grade 2 Shuvee and Grade 3 Humana Distaff. His third dam is European champion filly Minstrella (by The Minstrel out of Flight Dancer), who produced additional stakes winners Minidar (dam of $752,280-earner A Little Warm) and Unrestrained.
Minstrella’s graded stakes-winning half-sister Misty Gallore is the dam of Silver Ghost, sire of 49 black-type winners. Her three-quarter sister Misty Dancer (by Lyphard) is the granddam of Horse of the Year and sire Saint Liam. Also found among the family’s dozens of graded stakes winners is $15,988,500-earner and 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1, Pegasus World Cup Invitational-G1 and eight other graded stakes in 19 starts.
Blofeld covered 35 mares his first season. The gray/roan 7-year-old stands for $4,000 as the property of a syndicate.