Excessive Blend

In her lone season of competition, this daughter of In Excess started only a handful of times. Despite the brief career, however, she always tried hard. And that netted her some victories and a California divisional title

Conditioned by Carla Gaines, Excessive Blend got her career started at Santa Anita in March of 2009. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, she started off slowly before rallying to the front and winning on debut going six furlongs. That set her up for an allowance going seven and one-half furlongs on the Hollywood Park main track at the end of May. After being in early contention, she dropped to last but rallied well for second. Even early on, Excessive Blend displayed moxie in the stretch, not willing to give up until the race was done.

Up next was her turf debut on Independence Day. Still at Hollypark, she tried allowance company going a mile. It seemed like a good distance going by how Excessive Blend galloped out by the winner in her most recent start, and she did well over it. With her strong and determined stride, Excessive Blend gave it everything she had in the stretch, finishing third in a three-way photo finish. The connections were obviously encouraged by the performance, which was evident in the bay filly's next outing.

Gaines sent Excessive Blend to Del Mar for the annual summer meet. Entered in the Fleet Treat Stakes and starting widest of all in her first visit to the venue, Excessive Blend and Mike Smith were in contention the whole way as she again displayed that effective stride and got up to win after battling rivals late while going seven-eighths of a mile.

While Excessive Blend did beat open company in the Fleet Treat, most of her opponents were Cal-breds. That was not the case in the one-mile Sandy Blue, which saw her make a return to turf. Teaming up with Joe Talamo, Excessive Blend stayed close to the front before unleashing a run turning for home. No one matched her in the Sandy Blue, and Excessive Blend picked up her third win while soundly defeating a field that had only one other Cal-bred.

Excessive Blend never raced again after the Sandy Blue, but her efforts stuck with people. A finalist for the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Three-Year-Old Female honor, Execessive Blend won that accolade in what became her crowning achievement.

Since retiring from the races, Excessive Blend has become a dam, foaling race winners Causeway Carolyn and Excessive Kid. Between the two, Excessive Kid has shown more consistency, something his dam had when she was on track. But he has not yet garnered a stakes win, and Causeway Carolyn never did in her career.

Despite the limited success as a dam, Excessive Blend did well as a racehorse. She only needed a few starts to become a champion, and she won on different surfaces and distances. Her stride was symbolic of how she conducted herself on race days. She was tough and fearless, and given how she always sought the best possible result, you could say she had resolve as well.

Excessive Blend possessed all the traits required to become a champion, and she put those traits to good use when she was three years old.

Entry added July 11, 2021 by AF.