With darkening skies creating an almost surreal atmosphere, Blame
put on a show for the ages in the Nov. 6 Breeders’
Cup Classic (gr. I), creating a mosaic of emotions that ran the gamut
between joy and sadness, and in the end, admiration.
In perhaps her greatest performance, Jerry and Ann Moss’ Zenyatta’s gallant
quest for an unprecedented 20-for-20 record fell a head short, as the great mare
was defeated not only by a magnificent horse in Blame but in some ways by the
ghosts of Arthur B. Hancock and Arthur B. “Bull” Hancock Jr. on the 100th
anniversary of their once-dominant breeding empire, Claiborne Farm, which for
many years epitomized the rich and colorful tradition of Kentucky’s
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