Blofeld (by Quality Road out of Storm Minstrel, by Storm Cat), was an undefeated multiple Graded stakes-winning juvenile by leading sire Quality Road. He stands at Murmur Farm in Maryland.
Blofeld broke his maiden first-time out going 5 furlongs at Saratoga as a well-bet 2-year-old with a big reputation, before stepping straight into Graded stakes company. He overcame a troubled trip to get up gamely in the Grade 2 Futurity at Belmont in his second start going 6 furlongs (and earning a 94 Beyer), and then stretched out to a mile and romped by five lengths in the Grade 2 Nashua at Aqueduct (with a 93 Beyer), closing out his juvenile campaign three-for-three.
Blofeld started twice at 3, including a 3rd-place finish in the William Walker Stakes, and at 4 he returned to his best form to triumph in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap going a mile over the likes of Stanford and Anchor Down, with a career top 103 Beyer. He retired with four wins from 14 starts, and $745,420 in earnings.
A $135,000 weanling and then $275,000 yearling from the first crop of his sire (who sired a pair of 2017 Eclipse Award winners and will stand in 2019 for a live foal fee of $150,000 after siring five individual Grade 1 winners in 2018), Blofeld is from carefully-cultivated Ned Evans families on both the top and bottom sides of his pedigree (he shares a fourth dam with the 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner, and also has Horse of the Year Saint Liam in his female family).
A big, correct horse with plenty of leg and length, Blofeld entered stud in 2018 and his first crop was born in 2019. So far, from his first three crops which total just 74 foals, Blofeld has sired 41 winners from 54 to race, including 4 black-type winners (5.4% to foals, 7.4% to runners) and another 6 black-type placed offspring (for a total of 13.5% black-type earners/foals, and an astronomical 18.5% black-type earners/runners – the best percentage of any stallion standing outside of Kentucky!). His average starter earns north of $77,000, and he sports a fantastic 1.43 AEI/1.13 CI ratio – meaning he’s achieving these stats without significant help from his mates. After his son Johnyz From Albany and daughter Chickieness swept the 2022 Maryland Million 2YO races, Blofeld picked up back-to-back winners of the Maryland Million Lassie when Miss Harriett scored a gutsy win in that race in ‘23. He also has Louisiana stakes winner Alpine Mist, and no fewer than a dozen six-figure earners to his credit already. After covering more than 80 mares in 2022, he increased his book again when he had more than 90 mates in 2023 to lead the entire Mid-Atlantic.
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Blofeld wins the G2 Futurity
Blofeld wins the G2 Nashua
Blofeld wins the G2 Gulfstream Park Handicap