Blamed, a 3-year-old filly bred in Maryland by Sagamore Farm and campaigned by Cleber Massey of Abilene, Tex., sizzled to victory in the six and a half-furlong $65,000 El Paso Times Handicap at Sunland Park in New Mexico on Sunday, Jan. 28, to record her first stakes victory.
In her stakes debut, Blamed went off as fourth choice in the field of nine at nearly 9-1 and paid $19.80 to her backers. The daughter of Blame, trained by Joel Marr, withstood heavy pace pressure early while leading down the backstretch. She set a torrid pace of 21.69 and 43.98 seconds for the first two calls and still had something left for the stretch run. Under Ken Tohill, the promising filly hit six furlongs in 1:08.73 and sprinted well clear in the final stages to score by four and a half lengths in a time of 1:15.42.
Blamed is now the winner of three straight after breaking her maiden last October at Zia Park in her second start, and has earned $72,260.
The $75,000 Island Fashion Stakes at one mile on Feb. 25 may be her next assignment. The El Paso Times is also a prep for the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks to be run on Sunday, March 25.
Blamed is the fourth named foal out of Salsa Star, a daughter of Giant’s Causeway raced by Sagamore to a win at Pimlico. After making her final start in January 2010, Salsa Star was retired as a broodmare and the next year produced a colt by Tiznow named Nest of Pirates, a winner at Laurel for his breeder in 2014. The mare’s second foal, Thought Leader (by Street Sense), never made it to the races. The next two foals, both fillies, are stakes horses.
Sagamore Farm still owns Chubby Star, a 4-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon who broke her maiden first-time out in August 2016 at Laurel and has a career record of two wins, two seconds and a third in 11 starts, including a second in the James W. Murphy Stakes at Pimlico in May 2017, and earnings of $118,196. Unraced since an unplaced effort when tackling the Grade 3 Commonwealth Oaks at Laurel Park on Sept. 30, 2017, she is in training at Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida with Horacio DePaz, and recorded her first work of the year on Jan. 25.
The final foal bred by Sagamore out of Salsa Star is her current 2-year-old, an unnamed colt by More Than Ready. She was sold for $100,000 at the 2016 Keeneland November Breeding Stock in foal to Super Saver. Blamed was a $77,000 RNA when offered at that year’s Keeneland September Yearling sale and purchased privately by her current owner after the sale.
Read more about the running of the El Paso Times Handicap here