FIRST WINNER FOR SIRE BLOFELD
When the aptly named Maryland-bred Crabs N Beer rolled to a 9 3/4-length victory in the opening race Oct. 16 at Delaware Park, it did more than give observers an occasion to chuckle.
The victory also provided young sire Blofeld with his first winner from four to start. Blofeld stands at Maryland’s Murmur Farm.
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Crabs N Beer had started three times prior to yesterday’s contest, his best result a third-place finish at Delaware August 5. But yesterday under jockey Jaime Rodriguez, Crabs N Beer grabbed the lead early in the $25,000 maiden claimer for two-year-olds and was never challenged en route to the win in 1:10.89 for six furlongs on the fast main track.
Crabs N Beer is trained by Jamie Ness for Charles Blanford. Out of the winning Kitalpha mare Get’m Up Pronto, Crabs N Beer was bred in Maryland by Kyle Horlacher.
Blofeld, a son of Quality Road, won three graded stakes and $745,420 in his 14-race career. He won a pair of graded events as a juvenile, and after missing most of his sophomore season, he won the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap as a four-year-old.
Blofeld was trained during his racing career by Rusty Arnold for owners Glencrest Farm LLC and JSM Equine LLC. He had been purchased for $225,000 as a two-year-old in training. Blofeld is out of the stakes-winning Storm Cat mare Storm Minstrel, a Virginia-bred who was a homebred for the late Ned Evans.
During the 2021 breeding season, Blofeld stood for $4,000.