06/19/2014 4:43PM

Blame represented by first winner at Santa Anita

Benoit & Associates
Caval wins a maiden race by 5 1/2 lengths on Thursday, giving freshman sire Blame his first winner.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Blame, the champion older male of 2010 and the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic that year, was represented by his first winner on Thursday when the 2-year-old filly Caval scored an impressive victory in a maiden special weight race at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Elvis Trujillo, Caval disputed the lead before pulling away to outfinish runner-up Haleys Rainbow by 5 1-2 lengths. Caval was timed in 56.78 seconds, just shy of the 2011 track record of 56.73 seconds set by the 3-year-old Klassy Saint.

Blame, 8, stands for an advertised fee of $30,000 at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky. He was bred to approximately 108 mares this year, according to Claiborne stallion manager Bernie Sams.

“You always hope that some will win early,” Sams said Thursday afternoon. “That was very good.”

Caval races for J.W. Singer and is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. The filly was purchased for $150,000 at the 2013 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Caval is out of the Storm Cat mare Sultana, and is a half-sister to Derbaas, an active 8-year-old who has won 8 of 44 starts and $505,347. Derbaas won the Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort in Dubai in 2011.

Caval faced only three rivals.

Caval was Blame’s third starter. The filly is likely to resurface in the $100,000 Cinderella Stakes over six furlongs at Los Alamitos on July 13, Hollendorfer said.Hollendorfer is also planning to start Heart of Paradise, a maiden race winner on June 5, in the Cinderella.

Hollendorfer said that he considered waiting for the Del Mar meeting with Caval but opted to start the filly on Thursday because of her recent progress.

“We thought she had some talent,” he said. “It was a short field. We have a lot more proving to do.”

sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
And what data do you have to determine that it is Uncharacteristic for a Blame foal to win early?
R. Carlos Nanez More than 1 year ago
Blame already had a winner at Monmouth a couple weeks ago.
Anna Montanucci More than 1 year ago
Very surprised to see a Blame foal win this early. I suppose we can thank the Storm Cat genes for that filly's precociousness.
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
And what data do you have to determine that it is Uncharacteristic for a Blame foal to win early?
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
I wonder if she got Storm Cat's attitude. I sure hope not. :)
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
Dee R. Eff More than 1 year ago
A 33 horse field at Royal Ascot, then turn the page to Santa Anita for a 4 filly maiden race.
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
Yea it is awful. Since we cant comment anywhere on this website, I comment where DRF plus isn't. ISome of these tracks should just merge together and do one card. Santa Anita Sunday is dismal. Same with Belmont. I just pick spots where as a customer of this game I'm offered value. I won't play any race unless 10 horses or more enter or a pick 3 seq with 27 total (9per).
Steve Reed More than 1 year ago
I agree Diana, maybe the most exciting race of my time.
Diana Levy More than 1 year ago
For some reason this just seems too soon. Didn't he and Zenyatta just battle not so long ago? Time is marching on too quickly.
Ceil Rock More than 1 year ago
Coz is in training with John Shirreffs at Belmont Park. Yes, time is flying by!
FESTUS ELROY More than 1 year ago
Time flies when your'e growing older.
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
Yeah but the alternative stinks.
rvraynmary More than 1 year ago
Time does go fast. Story doesn't mention who Blame beat. It was the undefeated Zenyetta. Why don't they breed these two together. Newborn's name: Blameitonzen Ray
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
It does seem like it wasn't that long ago. Z's second foal, Ziconic (Tapit colt), will be heading for training very soon now. Her third foal, a filly by War Front, is still with Z. She was born on April 20 (Easter Sunday).