Blame returns a winner in Schaefer

BALTIMORE -- Blame made a triumphant return to action Saturday when splitting horses in midstretch and going on to a clear-cut score under Garrett Gomez in the Grade 3, $100,000 William Donald Schaefer Handicap on the Preakness undercard at Pimlico.

Blame returned $4.40 as the favorite in a field of seven older horses, finishing 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.40 over a fast track. No Advantage, the defending champion in the race, rallied up the rail to finish second at 24-1. Timber Reserve was third, and Bullsbay was fourth.

Al Stall Jr. trains 4-year-old Blame, winner of the Grade 2 Clark Handicap last November in his most recent race, for the partnership of Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm. Stall was using the Schaefer as a tune-up for the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap on June 12 at Churchill Down