05/03/2013 3:54PM

Lone Star Park: Texas Bling to get a freshening

Tom Keyser
Texas Bling, the runner-up in the $150,000 Smarty Jones in January at Oaklawn Park, is getting a vacation.

Texas Bling, who, with nine Kentucky Derby eligibility points, could have nearly made the field for the race run Saturday, is being freshened, according to trainer Danele Durham.

Texas Bling earned his points during the Oaklawn season for finishing second to Will Take Charge in the $150,000 Smarty Jones in January and fourth to that same rival in the Grade 2, $600,000 Rebel in March. He is based at Lone Star Park.

“He’s in light training,” Durham said. “We had considered the Texas Stallion Stakes, but we’re going to freshen him.”

The Stallion Stakes is to be run at Lone Star on May 11. Durham said there is a chance Texas Bling could return to action before the close of the Lone Star season July 6. Otherwise, he will see action at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. In December, the horse won that track’s $300,000 Springboard Mile over Will Take Charge.

Texas Bling, a Texas-bred by Too Much Bling, races for Hall’s Family Trust.