Client Success: Blame Filly Edges Clear at Aqueduct



I’M FINE (f, 3, Blame – Stormy Caress, by Stormy Atlantic)

I’M FINE (Blame) got squeezed between foes and was forced to steady when Bella Dominica (Giant Surprise) shut down her lane after the start. The New York-bred Blame filly chased three to four paths off the inside down the backstretch. She then got floated out five to six wide midway on the turn as Steppin’ Hawk (Two Step Salsa) took the scenic route to her inside. Jockey Eric Cancel angled the bay filly in a path to swing four to five wide into upper stretch and rallied angling to be just off the inside near the eighth pole. I’m Fine took over command a sixteenth from home and edged clear to the finish to prevail by 4 widening lengths.

I’m Fine’s dam, Stormy Caress (Stormy Atlantic) also is represented by an unnamed yearling colt by Flatter. The Stormy Atlantic mare is out of the Grade 1 winning champion 2YO Caressing (Honour and Glory)($955, 998) that also produced multiple Grade 1 winning West Coast (Flatter)($5,803,800). West Coast is currently standing stud at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, KY.

Sales history: $115,000 Wlg ’17 KEENOV.

Lifetime Record: 6-1-0-3, $58,540. O-Highlander Training Center; B-Dr. William B. Wilmot & Dr. Joan M. Taylor (NY); T-Jeremiah Englehart

Clark Shepherd (Shepherd Equine Advisers), bloodstock agent for Highlander Training Center (Larry Hirsch), purchased I’m Fine at the 2017 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale for $115,000 from the consignment of Denali Stud. I’m Fine was identified as an OPTIMAL Mating Selection prior to the sale.

Im Fine as a weanling at the 2017 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale

OPTIMAL Mating Analysis of I’m Fine (Blame)

Horses bred on OPTIMAL Matings have proven to possess more potential to become superior racehorses. In fact, most will break their maiden in the first two starts. Combined with a good physical, good vetting and a price that falls within a budget, OPTIMAL Matings help to focus on buying or breeding better racehorses.

Key Linebreedings

  • 5,5×5 Northern Dancer – through sons Danzig, Nijinsky II & Storm Bird
    • similar to G1 Stakes Winners
      • Careless Jewel (Tapit o/o Hennessy mare)
      • Chasing Yesterday (Tapit o/o Yankee Gentleman mare)
      • Free Drop Billy (Union Rags o/o Giant’s Causeway mare)
      • Hansen (Tapit o/o Sir Cat mare)
      • Lady Aurelia (Scat Daddy o/o Forest Wildcat mare)
      • Paradise Woods (Union Rags o/o Forest Wildcat mare)
      • Sweet Loretta (Tapit o/o Bluegrass Cat mare)
      • Tell a Kelly (Tapit o/o Tabasco Cat mare)
    • similar to G2 Stakes Winners
      • Ivy Bell (Archarcharch o/o Forest Wildcat mare)
      • Neck ‘N Neck (Flower Alley o/o Storm Boot mare)
      • Shotski (Blame o/o Bluegrass Cat mare)
      • Synchrony (Tapit 0/0 Forest Wildcat mare)
    • similar to G3 Stakes Winners
      • Beyond Blame (Blame o/o Forest Wildcat mare)
      • Blamed (Blame o/o Giant’s Causeway mare)
      • Classic Rock (Maclean’s Music o/o High Yield mare)
      • Doctor J Dub (Sharp Humor o/o Delineator mare)
      • Mask Zorro (Roman Ruler o/o Giant’s Causeway mare)
      • Ms Bad Behavior (Blame o/o Stormy Atlantic mare)
      • Onus (Blame o/o Forestry mare)
      • Cassatt (Tapit o/o Giant’s Causeway mare)
      • Divining Rod (Tapit o/o Catienus mare)
      • Jehozacat (Tapit o/o Catienus mare)
      • Mufajaah (Tapit o/o Forestry mare)
      • New York Central (Tapit o/o Forest Wildcat mare)
      • Tapit Today (Tapit o/o Storm Creek mare)
  • 6,5×5 Raise A Native – through sons Alydar, Mr. Prospector & Majestic Prince
    • similar to G1 Stakes Winners
      • Fault (Blame o/o Horse Chestnut (SAF) mare
      • Ermine (Exchange Rate o/o Thirty Six Red mare)
  • 6×6 Nantallah – through full sisters Thong & Mocassin
    • similar to G3 Winners
      • Ms Bad Behavior (Blame o/o Stormy Atlantic mare)

Whether you are new to the game, experiencing more losses than wins or just looking for a new approach, I am confident that I can help you breed or buy a better racehorse. To find out more about OPTIMAL Matings and how they can help your program, please subscribe to my Blog/News page HERE to receive future information on complimentary mating recommendations, sales short lists, stakes winner pedigree analysis, news on personal client success and any other random thoughts or ideas that I may have. Also, receive a complimentary copy of my report “Blind Luck or Designed Luck? – How A Kentucky Derby Winner Was Bred” sent directly to your inbox.

For inquiries or more information about Shepherd Equine Advisers, please contact Clark Shepherd at 859-321-6618, or by email at

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I offer my expertise as a bloodstock agent, sales consultant, and pedigree analyst to assist in breeding or purchasing superior thoroughbred racehorses through sound pedigree principles, horsemanship, and consistent implementation of well-designed plans. To find out more about how my services can help your program, please contact me at 859-321-6618, or by email at

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