Cleber Massey’s Blamed recorded her fourth stakes win of the year, and first in graded company, when leading every step of the 69th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Comely for 3-year-old fillies on Friday, Nov. 23 at Aqueduct.
The daughter of Blame emphatically answered the question of handling the increased distance when she raced to the front of the mile and an eighth stakes, extended her lead coming out of the final turn and outkicked a charging Remedy in deep stretch to post a three-quarter length victory.
“She’s fast, naturally fast,” said rider Julien Leparoux. “She broke fast. We could have slowed down a little bit, but she was very comfortable and she did it very nicely. She was doing easy the whole way, and when I asked her, she really kicked in very nice for me. I think we had a little bit more left in the tank at the wire, so that’s nice.”
Blamed, the 6-5 favorite, had won previously going around two turns at Sunland Park in the mile and a sixteenth Sunland Park Oaks on March 25, the last of five consecutive wins she earned for Joel Marr before Hall of Famer Bill Mott took over the training duties before a runner-up effort in the seven-furlong Grade 2 Raven Run on Oct. 20 at Keeneland.
Stretching out to the Comely distance for the first time, the Maryland-bred improved to 6-2-0 in eight career starts and improved her career earnings to $401,260.
“We looked around the country for 3-year-old races that were left for her and this was one of the only options we had,” said Mott. “Of course, I think it will tell us something about her going into next year. It will give us an indication of what her possibilities might be.”
Bred by Sagamore Farm, 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, the gelding Thought Leader (by Street Sense), never made it to the races. The next two foals, both fillies, are stakes horses.
Sagamore Farm raced Blamed’s year-older half-sister Chubby Star through August of this year before selling her for $180,000 at this fall’s Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. A 4-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon, Chubby Star won three of her 14 starts, with two seconds and a third, including a second in the James W. Murphy Stakes at Pimlico in May 2017, while earning $142,446.
The final foal bred by Sagamore out of Salsa Star is current 2-year-old Chase Greatness, a gelded son of More Than Ready who broke his maiden at Churchill Downs in June under the Sagamore colors. Salsa Star 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.