Crabs N Beer, the first Blofeld runner to get to the races, became his first winner when dominating a maiden race on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Delaware Park.
The gray/roan 2-year-old gelding owned by Charles Blanford and trained by Jamie Ness broke sharply and cruised to a daylight lead over his six rivals through the early part of the six-furlong race. By the time he hit the top of the stretch the margin was growing, and he flew home a nine and three-quarters-length winner in a final time of 1:10.89, the fastest for a 2-year-old at the track this year.
It was the fourth start for Crabs N Beer, who debuted July 19 at Delaware Park. Bred in Maryland by Kyle Horlacher, he is the third foal out of the winning Kitalpha mare Get’m Up Pronto.
Blofeld, a son of one of the nation’s leading sires, Quality Road, was an undefeated 2-year-old and went on to amass $745,420 in 14 career starts. In his second career start he won Belmont Park’s Futurity Stakes-G2 while completing six furlongs in 1:09.49. Also that year he 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. At 4 he won the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap at one mile.
From the impeccable female line of Flight Dancer developed by the late Edward P. Evans at his Spring Hill Farm in Virginia, Blofeld is out of Storm Minstrel, a daughter of Storm Cat who earned $299,339 and won or placed in seven stakes. His second dam is multiple graded stakes winner and 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 (a Grade 3 winner and 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 Horse of the Year Gun Runner, currently the nation’s leading first-crop sire.
Blofeld has 23 current 2-year-olds, four of which have started to date. The syndicated gray/roan 9-year-old stood the 2021 season for $4,000 at Murmur Farm in Darlington, Md.