Pedigree aficionados know that the determined Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Blame and the equally determined runner-up, that photogenic mare called Zenyatta, have similar bloodlines—a mixture of Roberto through Kris S. and Mr. Prospector. I’ve written about it here before. They were really the only two that figured to stay the trip as mature older horses in a truly run 10-furlong race, and in a cinematic finish they proved the point with drama and an exclamation mark in a 1-2 finish!
Stamina is waning in US pedigrees while it’s vibrant in Europe through many lines but most prolifically in the Sadler’s Wells tribe. But stamina is still required to win the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders’ Cup Classic—both at Churchill Downs this year—and breeders who have stayed the course in valuing the classics (Claiborne and Ms. Adele Dilschneider, for Blame) or bred against fashion (Eric Kronfeld, for Zenyatta) were rewarded in our richest race. Cheers to them.