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Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Blame will be the first stallion that historic Claiborne Farm has stood from the Rough Shod family in 56 years, when the outstanding colt Ridan (1959 b h by Nantallah x Rough Shod, by Gold Bridge) went to stud there.

Bred by Thomas Girdler, Ridan was a smashing racehorse, winning 13 of 23 starts, including the Blue Grass Stakes, Arlington Classic, Florida Derby, Arlington Futurity, and the Washington Park Futurity. Ridan finished second in the Preakness and Travers, third in the Kentucky Derby.

He was the second stakes winner out of Rough Shod, who sold to Claiborne when Ridan was a youngster. Claiborne bred and raced the mare’s subsequent foals, including champion Moccasin and her sister Thong, who ran second in the Alcibiades Stakes.

Moccasin produced European highweight Apalachee (Round Table), Thong produced European highweight Thatch (Forli) and major American winner King Pellinore (Round Table), Thong’s daughter Special produced the top-class international sire Nureyev (Northern Dancer), and Special’s daughter Fairy Bridge produced the great Sadler’s Wells and his brother Fairy King, both by Northern Dancer.

Claiborne bred and sold all those, except for Sadler’s Wells and Fairy King.

Special’s stakes-winning daughter Bound (Nijinsky) produced stakes-placed Liable (Seeking the Gold), who is the dam of Blame (Arch).

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