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Blame on target for JC Gold Cup

Trainer Albert Stall, Jr. said Friday that Grade 1 Whitney winner Blame would arrive at Belmont Park on Thursday, September 30, in advance of his expected next start in the Grade 1, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational, one of five Grade 1 Races scheduled for Super Saturday, October 2.

 

“He’ll breeze twice more at Keeneland – this Sunday [September 19] and on the 26th,” said Stall, who trains the 4-year-old son of Arch for Adele B. Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm. “The plane leaves Kentucky for New York on Thursday morning and he’ll go into John Terranova’s barn.”

 

Blame breezed six furlongs over the Keeneland Polytrack on September 12, covering the distance in 1:11.80, handily.

 

“His last work was a really strong work,” Stall said. “He’s doing great; he’s ready. He’s a very happy horse – not picky about anything. We thought he was doing great [in Saratoga] this summer and we’re looking forward to heading back that way.”

 

Blame has won five consecutive races, including a pair of Grade 1 contests in the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs on June 12, and the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course on August 7, in which he upset another top older male in training, Quality Road, who went on to win the Grade 1 Woodward in his next start.

 

Among those Blame could face in the Gold Cup are the 1-2 finishers from the Grade 1 Travers Stakes, Afleet Express and Fly Down, as well as Rail Trip, who missed by a half-length in the July 10 Hollywood Gold Cup. Dry Martini, sixth on the grass in the Grade 2 Bowling Green at Belmont on September 11, could also start.

 

 

What the Nation is saying about Blame on target for JC Gold Cup...

This year's JCGC is a very important test for Blame. There's no doubt that Blame has the talent to win the JCGC. But the question still remains about whether or not Blame can get 10 furlongs? I believe he can, with change to spare. But he's yet to go beyond 9 furlongs in his career. It's sort of a "Quality Road like" situation. Except we've seen Quality Road already try 10 furlongs twice in his career. And both times he failed to win over the distance. But certainly wasn't disgraced either. I don't think Summer Bird was more talented than Quality Road. I just think Summer Bird was stronger over the 1-1/4 distance than Quality Road. If Blame win's the JCGC? And looks convincing in doing so. I believe he'll go off as co-favorite with Zenyatta for the Breeders Cup Classic. JMO.

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