03/13/2013 4:30PM

Texas: Too Much Bling, leading juvenile sire


A number of quality runners helped propel Too Much Bling atop the juvenile sire list in Texas for the second year in a row.

The 10-year-old Rubiano horse, who stands at Lane’s End Texas in Hempstead, led the state with six stakes winners, including four juveniles, for 10 total stakes victories in 2012. His quality runners helped push him to the top of the juvenile earnings list with $648,729 on the season, easily outpacing Intimidator, who stands at the Asmussen Horse Center, with $381,677.

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Too Much Bling, who also finished second on the Texas general sire list, sired eight juvenile winners from 16 starters, compared with six winners for Intimidator.

The stallion’s chief earner in 2012 was Texas Bling, who captured two of his 10 starts as a juvenile, including the Remington Springboard Mile Stakes, for seasonal earnings of $209,483. Texas Bling defeated the regally bred Will Take Charge in the Springboard Mile; he then finished second to that rival by just a neck in the Smarty Jones Stakes in his 3-year-old debut.

Blazing Bling won four of her eight starts, missing the board only once, for earnings of $137,305 in 2012. The filly captured the Miss Ohio Stakes, John W. Galbreath Stakes, and Hoover Stakes, along with two other stakes placings.

Too Much Bling was represented by another multiple stakes-winning juvenile filly in Significant Bling, who won the Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies Stakes, Cleveland Kindergarten Stakes, and Tah Dah Stakes. The stallion was also represented on the track last year by juvenile stakes-winner Falling Star and stakes-placed winner Pop Chart.

Too Much Bling, who was purchased by Stonewall Farm Stallions at the conclusion of his racing career, entered stud in 2007 at Sequel Stallions near Ocala, Fla. He moved to Lane’s End Texas the following season and has remained there since, leading the state’s freshman sire list and finishing second among juvenile sires in 2010 before climbing atop the juvenile sire list in 2011. He will stand for a fee of $4,000 this season.

From his first three crops of racing age--excluding juveniles of 2013--Too Much Bling is the sire of 41 winners from 57 starters for total earnings of $2,525,964 through March 7. He is the sire of nine stakes-winners overall.

Bred in Ohio by Destiny Farm LLC, Too Much Bling won five of 11 career starts, earning $509,674. Grade 1-placed as a juvenile, the colt followed in the footsteps of his sire, champion sprinter Rubiano, by developing into a standout sprinter as a 3-year-old. The colt won graded stakes events on both coasts, capturing the Grade 2 Carry Back Stakes at Calder Race Course; the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes and the San Miguel Stakes at Santa Anita Park; and the Grade 3 Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct. He also finished second in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Breeders’ Cup Stakes at Belmont Park.

Out of the stakes-winning Formal Dinner mare Rose Colored Lady, Too Much Bling is a half-brother to four winners, including stakes-winners Barnsy, Ready for Roses, and Littlebitabling, and stakes-placed Got Bling. Their dam is a full sister to multiple stakes-winner Forest Picnic and a half-sister to stakes-winner Pyrite Springs.