12/09/2012 8:46PM

Remington: Texas Bling pays $259.60 in Springboard Mile upset

Dustin Orona Photography
Texas Bling (8) launches his winning rally under Erik McNeil in the Springboard Mile.

Texas Bling set a season-record in the final stakes race of the Remington Park meet on Sunday, when he paid $259.60 to win in the $300,000 Springboard Mile for 2-year-olds. He burst to the lead from between horses in the next-to-last race of the meet, for a 1 3/4-length win over Will Take Charge. It was another half-length back in third to Worldventurer.

The Springboard Mile was the richest of four stakes on the closing-day card, with the races worth a cumulative $450,000. Cat Five’O was a nose winner of the $50,000 Mistletoe for 2-year-old fillies, while trainer Donnie Von Hemel and jockey Luis Quinonez swept the stakes for 3-year-old  Oklahoma-breds, the Useeit with Lady Jensen and the Jim Thorpe with Z Rockstar. 

Texas Bling was the longest shot in the Springboard at 128-1, but he hardly ran like it. He settled about three lengths off the pace set by Will Take Charge, a son of the Grade 1-winning mare Take Charge Lady, as that one set fractions of 23.67 seconds for the opening quarter, 48.81 for the half-mile, and 1:14.56 for six furlongs. Texas Bling advanced on the final turn, was stuck behind horses in the stretch, then got an opening late and burst through to go on and win by a clear margin in 1:39.36.

“I was just trying to look for a place to go,” said winning rider Erik McNeil. “Then it’s there... ‘pinch me if this is real.’ ”

McNeil was aboard for Hall’s Family Trust and trainer Danele Durham.

“Erik and I aren’t stunned,” Durham said about the literal odds overcome by Texas Bling.  “We knew this horse could run.”

Texas Bling came into the Springboard off a close sixth-place finish in the $75,000 El Joven on the turf at Retama Park. Prior to that start he won a maiden special weight at 7 ½ furlongs on the grass at Remington. Texas Bling picked up $180,000 for the win on Sunday, to improve his record to 2 for 10 for earnings of $209,483. He is a son of Too Much Bling and the Country Pine mare Anythingmore. He was bred in Texas by Hall’s Family Trust.

Texas Bling paid $122 to place and $29.80 to show. He also topped a $2,490 exacta, an  $18,827 trifecta,  and a $94,384 superfecta.

The remaining order of finish in the Springboard Mile was Best of Birdstone in fourth, followed by King Henny, Smack Jack, Backstreet Hero, Hardrock Eleven, Steelman Run, favorite Exploring, Hornet,  and Channel Isle.

* Cat Five’ O put in a determined late bid to catch Sister Ginger on the wire in the Mistletoe, a one-mile overnight stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Broken Spell, the favorite off a fifth place finish in the Grade 2 Golden Rod at Churchill, rallied for seventh. Cat Five’ O ($10.40) covered the distance in 1:40.48. Cliff Berry was aboard for Lane Thoroughbreds and trainer Clinton Stuart.

* Z Rockstar ($10.60) was always prominent in the Jim Thorpe, to win by a length over favorite Imahit. He covered seven furlongs in 1:25.72. Z Rockstar races for his breeder, Robert Zoellner.

*Lady Jensen ($3.40) closed for a 4 1/2-length win in the Useeit, covering seven furlongs in 1:25.67. She races for her breeder, Kelly Thiesing.


Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
Peter G..... You are a moron
Bob Nastanovich More than 1 year ago
Good for Cat Five' O! She's a nice, hard trying filly.
PeterG More than 1 year ago
Tekov Yahoser (comment below), yea, win some lose some but one thing remains the same, and that's trainers doping horses. Another example of it in your post. Honestly, I'm not sure why anybody bets on this sport in the USA anymore. Drugs are rampant in horse racing. You can't handicap a USA horse race anymore unless you're good at guessing which horses got the needle. American horse racing is sad. Saw an article about the Hong Kong Jockey club testing every horse in the race for drugs BEFORE the race and the top 3 finishers and the favorite for drugs after EVERY race. Question for the NTRA or whoever is running this sport, why do you think they do such extensive testing? The sport is wildly successful over there. Would love to see that implemented in the USA. A link is below. http://www.anddownthestretchtheycome.com/2012/12/8/3743634/Hong-kong-racing-new-york-times
Timmy Luminais More than 1 year ago
What does doping have to do with Texas Bling winning this race?
robin gamble More than 1 year ago
what a shocker
Flint King More than 1 year ago
Peter if u really believe that just dont bet horses here in the us.and while your at it stop posting stupid stuff like this on drf;why even got on drf if all horses are dopped up. Sure cheating goes on but i feel that us racing has came along way in making it a fairer game for the gambler.
Tekov Yahoser More than 1 year ago
Back when Longacres was still running in Seattle, I had trip handicapped a horse that had run 5 wide on a supremely good-rail and ran a few lengths behind the winner. Next time he ran, I placed $15 to win and $5 to place thinking he would go off at about 20-1 or so. Then I had to leave the track to go to my part-time job before the race ran. The horse loses by a nose after getting hung out wide again, there was a stewards inquiry on the winner (no change) and several weeks later , the winner was taken down for dope. Since my horse went off at 119-1, I figure I got cheated out of about $1,800. Big money for a college student. Oh, well, the DQ's? Win some, lose some.
redboy More than 1 year ago
Boom I got paid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
Pleeeeeeease send $2 to Peter G for the money he lost on the favorite in that race. If he spent as much time learing to handocap as he does whining, he wouldn't be such a moron.