When one prominent trainer commented that he had three criteria for horses–speed, speed and speed, he must have had runners like TOO MUCH BLING in mind. Handsome, well-balanced and from a family of tough, hard-nosed competitors, TOO MUCH BLING is, in fact, the sort of horse that almost all trainers want in their barn, and when the gray broke his maiden by 19 ½ lengths as a two-year-old of 2005, he displayed the sort of brilliance that would be his trademark.
Cut from the same cloth as his sire, the champion sprinter and top miler Rubiano, himself a son of the Met Mile winner and important sire Fappiano, TOO MUCH BLING quickly showed what he was made of. Taking a giant step up in class after his maiden victory, TOO MUCH BLING ran a good third to First Samurai and Henny Hughes in the G1 Hopeful S. after blazing the way through a half in :44 4/5.
The following year, TOO MUCH BLING would go on to establish himself as one of the best sprinting three-year-olds in the country. He kicked off his season with a four-length tally in the six-furlong San Miguel S., won in 1:08 2/5 at Santa Anita. His next effort would be similarly dazzling. Odds-on in the G2 San Vicente S., TOO MUCH BLING was on the lead through :21 3/5, :43 4/5 and 1:08 4/5 splits, yet kept on finding more down the lane to take the seven-furlong event by daylight.
He shipped east in what was supposed to be a showdown with the highly regarded Songster in the G3 Bay Shore S. at Aqueduct, but the affair turned out to be one-sided, with TOO MUCH BLING romping home by a staggering nine-length margin.
Hindsight often adds context to races, though TOO MUCH BLING’s two-length win in the G2 Carry Back S. during Calder’s Summit of Speed hardly needed further sheen. But when the runner-up in that race, Mach Ride, went on to become a much-respected sprinter in his own right, with wins in the Smile Sprint H., etc., TOO MUCH BLING’s talent becomes even that much more evident.
Produced by Rose Colored Lady, the dam of three additional stakes winners, TOO MUCH BLING is an exciting choice for Texas breeders not only based on his speed and toughness, but also for the versatility in his pedigree. In addition to siring fast dirt horses who can generally stretch their speed, TOO MUCH BLING’s sire Rubiano has seen a number of his offspring excel over the lawn, as well. Grade 1 winner Burning Roma was a graded winner on grass, for instance, and some see versatility as a big plus in this day and age of synthetic surfaces. Moreover, TOO MUCH BLING’s pedigree features a number of top grass performers, including a pair of European highweights.
So, TOO MUCH BLING? You can never have “too much” – everyone loves “BLING!