Mr. Prospector, a sprinter on the track, stood at Claiborne after beginning his career in Florida, and what he brought to the table as a sire—aside from phenomenal, game-altering class—was speed that stayed and combined well with the stamina of other lines, such as Roberto’s. Claiborne also stood the phenomenal Northern Dancer stallion Danzig during the same time, and he like Mr. Prospector was a speed horse who grafted well with stamina lines, with turf as a particularly strong suit up to a mile. Together, both stallions also combined well together, top and bottom, and two great examples of their mixture at both ends of the distance spectrum are Dayjur, the outstanding European sprinter (by Danzig out of Gold Beauty, by Mr. Prospector), and Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus (by Mr. Prospector out of Angel Fever, by Danzig).
Also at Claiborne before those two icons was the Argentine-bred Forli, an Argentine quadruple crown winner who most notably sired three-time Horse of the Year Forego—in the same 1970 foal crop as Secretariat and Mr. Prospector. Forli also sired the mare Special, whose Northern Dancer son Nureyev was as profound a sire as Danzig and also from the same 1977 crop. Bred by Claiborne, Nureyev began his career in France and later moved to Walmac, run at the time by Johnny T. L. Jones.
Both Blame and Zenyatta, aside from sharing the blood of Kris S. and Mr. Prospector, also have Forli in common in their pedigrees. Vertigineux, dam of Zenyatta, is by Kris S. out of a Forli mare. Liable, dam of Blame, is by Seeking the Gold out of Bound, by the great racehorse and sire Nijinsky, another son of Northern Dancer; Bound, in turn, is out of the aforementioned Special, the daughter of Forli who also produced Nureyev!
Blame as a sire prospect with Claiborne connections
The first four dams in tail-female (dam line) in Blame’s pedigree were either bred by Claiborne alone or in partnership with longtime client Adele Dilschneider or former partner The Gamely Corp. of William Haggin Perry and his widow, Nicole Perry Gorman. Claiborne developed this family from the imported Rough Shod II, 5th dam of Blame, and it’s one of the storied families in the stud book. Suffice to say, Special not only produced Nureyev but also the mare Fairy Bridge—the dam of that other phenomenal Northern Dancer sire Sadler’s Wells, a three-quarter brother to Nureyev. [Might as well list here that the phenomenal Northern Dancer stallions were Danzig, Nureyev, Nijinsky, Sadler’s Wells, and Lyphard; there were others, too, but this was the cream.]
With these qualifications, Blame has the female family to make a top-of-the-line sire prospect, and it’s a testament to Claiborne breeding that every sire in his female family starting with Rough Shod’s daughter Thong (by Nantallah) was by a resident Claiborne sire, including Forli, Nijisnky, and Seeking the Gold. [Claiborne stood three promient non-stakes winners: Nantallah, Drone, and Danzig!]
Blame’s sire is Arch, and he, too, stands at Claiborne. By Kris S., he’s from the the mare Aurora, a daughter of Claiborne sire Danzig. Blame, therefore, has the combination of Danzig and Mr. Prospector within his pedigree, as well as the presence of the great Nijisnky. And he’s from the immediate family of Nureyev and Sadler’s Wells. It can’t get much better than this.