Hard to ‘Fault’ This Daughter of Blame

Fault, heroine of the grassy GII Buena Vista S. Feb. 17, made it two-for-two in Southern California since transferring to the Phil D’Amato barn.

Claimed for $ 50,000 by Agave Racing Stable and trainer Michelle Lovell out of a winning effort at Churchill last May, Fault captured Arlington’s GIII Pucker Up S. in August. She closed out the campaign with a troubled fourth-place finish in the Pago Hop S. at Fair Grounds Dec. 30.

Drawn widest of all in post 10 here, the second choice took the first turn about five wide and raced in seventh through fractions of :22.92 and :46.79. She began to roll with a flashy, sweeping move on the far turn and showed no signs of slowing down in the stretch, storming home to a dominating victory.

Fault was making her first start on dirt since finishing a well-beaten fourth in an optional claimer at Fair Grounds last February.

Pedigree Notes:

Out of SW Charming N Lovable, Fault is a half-sibling to GIII Iowa Derby runner-up Betweenhereandcool (Unbridled’s Song) and SP Congenial (Pulpit). Charming N Lovable, a half-sister to GSW & GISP Mananan McLir (Royal Academy), is responsible for the unraced 3-year-old colt Iron Cor (Orb); a juvenile filly by Lookin at Lucky; and a yearling filly by Orb. She was bred back to Runhappy. Charming N Lovable, purchased by Claiborne Farm for $ 500,000 at the 2007 KEENOV Sale, RNA’d for $ 70,000 at last year’s KEENOV Sale.

Saturday, Santa Anita
SANTA MARGARITA S.-GI, $ 401,725, SA, 3-17, 4yo/up, f/m,
1 1/8m, 1:50.58, ft.
1–FAULT, 120, f, 4, by Blame
1st Dam: Charming N Lovable (SW, $ 146,240), by Horse Chestnut (SAf)
2nd Dam: St Lucinda, by St. Jovite
3rd Dam: Majestic Nature, by Majestic Prince
1ST GRADE I WIN. ($ 120,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP). O-Agave Racing
Stable & Little Red Feather Racing; B-Claiborne Farm (KY);
T-Philip D’Amato; J-Geovanni Franco. $ 240,000. Lifetime
Record: 15-5-3-2, $ 558,795. *1/2 to Congenial (Pulpit), SP,
$ 254,610; Betweenhereandcool (Unbridled’s Song), GSP,
$ 276,611. Werk Nick Rating: C+. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. 2–Mended, 120, m, 5, by Broken Vow
1st Dam: Fair and Square, by Awesome Again
2nd Dam: Untarnished, by Unbridled
3rd Dam: Banshee Winds, by Known Fact
($ 45,000 Wlg ’13 KEENOV; $ 6,500 Ylg ’14 FTKOCT). O-Troy &
Maritza Onorato; B-Sheltowee Farm, Mariah Thoroughbreds
LLC & Pin Oak Stud LLC (KY); T-John F. Martin. $ 80,000. 3–Mopotism, 120, f, 4, by Uncle Mo
1st Dam: Peppy Rafaela, by Bernardini
2nd Dam: Peppy Lapeau, by French Deputy
3rd Dam: Peppy Raja, by Raja Baba
($ 135,000 Wlg ’14 KEENOV; $ 200,000 Ylg ’15 FTSAUG;
$ 300,000 2yo ’16 FTFMAR). O-Reddam Racing LLC; B-Frank T.
Batten (KY); T-Doug F. O’Neill. $ 48,000.
Margins: 6HF, 2 1/4, NO. Odds: 3.50, 7.30, 1.70.
Also Ran: La Force (Ger), Majestic Heat, Turkish Tabby, Dalsaros, Eccentric Spinster, Mistressofthenight, Bishop’s Pond.
Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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