09/08/2012 1:06PM

Presque Isle: Blazing Bling moves from restricted stakes to open allowance


Blazing Bling probably is the best 2-year-old filly to race in Ohio this year, and she has won multiple stakes races for Ohio-breds over the summer. But purses in the Buckeye State can’t compete with its slots-enhanced neighbors, and when Blazing Bling starts in an allowance race on Tuesday at Presque Isle Downs, she’ll be racing for the biggest pot of her six-start career, $56,000.

She also might well lose. Listed as the 8-5 favorite on the morning line – a price that seems lower than what might actually be offered – Blazing Bling was one of six fillies entered to race six furlongs in an allowance race with no conditions. The race includes two Tom Amoss-trained fillies who won their debut in open company at Hoosier Park, and both those horses – Coastal Sunrise and Unhedged – seem undervalued by the morning-line odds at prices, respectively, of 6-1 and 4-1.

For Blazing Bling, a daughter of Too Much Bling trained by Tim Hamm for owner-breeder Blazing Meadows Farm, there is the question of racing surface to go along with the move from Ohio-bred to open competition. The filly debuted over Presque Isle’s Tapeta main track on June 22 and finished a distant sixth of seven, and it was when she switched to dirt racing in Ohio that Blazing Bling began to excel. She won her last three starts there – the two most recent in stakes races – by more than 28 lengths combined, though her most noteworthy score was a two-length victory facing males in the Hoover Stakes. The Hoover runner-up, Urban Renewal, was entered in Saturday’s Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity.

Coastal Surprise, one of the Amoss-trained fillies, drew the rail and figures to try for the lead under Scott Spieth. By the decent young sire Congrats, Coastal Surprise has worked three times – twice fast – at Churchill Downs since beating nine rivals in her debut. Coastal Surprise led all the way in her win, while Amoss’s other filly, Unhedged, came from just off the pace while beating seven foes at Hoosier in her first out.

The other horse of note is the Pennsylvania-bred Unflinching, who finished about eight lengths in front of Blazing Bling when the two ran in the same Presque Isle maiden race in June. Unflinching’s lone win came against Pennsylvania-breds, but she ran competitively in a pair of recent turf races, one at Colonial Downs and more recently at Woodbine.