11/30/2009 12:00AM

Blame sets sights on BC Classic

Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography
Blame (left) edges Misremembered by a neck to win Friday's Grade 2 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - To no one's surprise, Al Stall Jr. was in a good mood Monday morning while talking from the Fair Grounds backstretch in New Orleans. Stall was less than 72 hours removed from sending out Blame to win the biggest race of the Churchill Downs fall meet, the on Friday, and he was looking forward to attending the Monday night football game between the New England Patriots and his beloved New Orleans Saints, who were unbeaten going into the game.

Stall said jokingly that he saw his fellow trainer and longtime friend Tom Amoss "standing outside the grandstand yesterday with a sign that said, 'I need one,' so I told Tom I had an extra ticket to the game and he could come with me."

Stall will have plenty of time to get serious this winter. He said everything Blame does from this point forward will be with a return in mind to Churchill for the Breeders' Cup Classic, to be run Nov. 6, 2010. Stall said Blame, bred and owned by Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm, was scheduled to arrive in New Orleans by van late Monday from Keeneland.

"All our plans will be made with the back end of the year in mind," Stall said. "Maybe we'll start him off here in the Mineshaft or New Orleans Handicap, maybe the Ben Ali at Keeneland. We've talked about Dubai and have ruled that out. He'll just stay in America all year, and we'll hit the hot spots and stay focused on the Breeders' Cup."

Blame, ridden by Jamie Theriot, won the Clark by a neck over his fellow 3-year-old Misremembered. Topweighted Einstein was another neck back in third in the field of 14.

Super Saver sets record in KJC

The winning time of 1:42.83 for Super Saver in his five-length victory Saturday in the 1 1/16-mile was a stakes record.

The KJC, which helped close the 21-day meet along with its filly counterpart, the Golden Rod Stakes, has been run at its current distance since 1980. Super Saver shaved .01 of a second off the prior record set by Tiz Wonderful in 2006.

Super Saver, owned by WinStar Farm, earned a 93 Beyer Speed Figure. The Maria's Mon colt will winter at Palm Meadows training center with trainer Todd Pletcher.

Borel, Leparoux tie for rider title

By winning four races on closing day, Calvin Borel earned a tie with Julien Leparoux for the jockey title at the fall meet. Both won 27 races. Leparoux missed the last two programs to ride in Japan.

Borel, meanwhile, had his mount in the 12th and final race, Outlaw Man, disqualified from second to fourth for interference. Chief steward John Veitch said Monday that he had not yet had a chance to discuss the incident with Borel and didn't say whether another suspension would be ordered. Borel already has a three-day suspension from earlier in the meet under appeal with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

Veitch said commission policy is that Borel will not be allowed to serve his days when tracks such as Turfway Park or Ellis Park are running and that "the situation will be dealt with in due course."

Meanwhile, Ken and Sarah Ramsey extended their own Churchill record for most owners' titles by topping the standings for the 16th time, and Steve Asmussen won his seventh Churchill training title, nudging out Dale Romans by a 17-16 count.

Lost Aptitude sharp in stakes win

Aside from his on Saturday with Lost Aptitude, a colt who appears to have a bright future on the grass. Lost Aptitude earned a 93 Beyer with his dominating score in the 1 1/16-mile turf race.

Lost Aptitude is co-owned by Mike Bruder and Frank Jones Jr. and therefore gives Jones a second outstanding 2-year-old turf horse. Jones is the sole owner of Tapitsfly, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filly Turf on Nov. 6.

Romans will soon be taking his best horses to south Florida.

Meet marked by strong field sizes

From the start of the fall meet Nov. 1 through its end, the racing at Churchill was characterized by large fields. Racing secretary Ben Huffman said starters per race averaged about 9.96.

"Obviously, any time you can get anywhere near 10 at a major meet like this, you've got to be pleased," he said. "That's strong."

No business figures were available for the meet, in accordance to company policy for all Churchill Downs Inc. racetracks.

The Churchill meet followed a strong three-week stand at Keeneland, where Huffman also serves as racing secretary. Field size at the Lexington, Ky., track also averaged barely fewer than 10 runners per race.