Blame Gets First Classic Winner As Senga Takes Prix De Diane

by | 06.18.2017 | 5:10pm

American-based stallion Blame got his first classic winner and his first Grade/Group 1 winner when his daughter Senga stormed to victory in the G1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) under Stephane Pasquier. Trained by Pascal Bary, who won the race in 2005 with Divine Proportions, Senga races in the colors of breeder Flaxman Holdings.

“She is a fantastic filly, from a fantastic breeding operation,” Bary told “We definitely ran her over too short before! Her connections trusted me to let her run in this race, despite having run only two weeks ago. She has a good run, in a race with consistent pace, and showed a superb turn of foot.”

A Kentucky-bred out of a daughter of A.P. Indy, Senga was winning for the third time seven starts.

“We were expecting a good run, if she stayed. She obviously enjoyed the extra ground and won well,” said racing manager Alan Cooper. “She only ran two weeks ago and has had a busy year so far, so she's going to have a rest now.”

Favored Rhododendron was reported to have bled, but was otherwise fine. Sistercharlie narrowly got the better of Terrakova for second, and Shutter Speed finished fourth.


  • Jbumi

    A comment from her trainer, taken from the Racing Post, illustrates just what the rest of the world thinks of our horses (remember: Senga’s by Blame out of an A.P. Indy mare): “Perhaps we became too fixed on the idea she was from a family of milers so we kept her on that road. But the way she was finishing off her races she was asking for a bit further.”

    • riatea

      I guess they think all Austrailian horses are turf sprinters too. By 1 1/4 BC Classic winner out of a mare by a 1 1/2 Belmont Stakes winner.

    • ben

      The first part of the race, was ran in an modest pace, almost every body was stuck in the pack. In the last part the speed was up. And the horses from the outside came home.

    • Erekose77

      There’s a bit more to it than just the sire and maternal grandsire. Senga’s female family is one of the more important bloodlines produced by Stavros Niarchos. It’s the family of Machiavellian, Exit To Nowhere, Hydro Calido, Coup de Folie, Coup de Genie, Denebola, Maxios…all milers. The one anomaly aside from Senga was Arc winner Bago.

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