January 22, 2014

When VALID EXPECTATIONS was pensioned from stud duties in 2013, he rode off into the sunset as Texas’s all-time leading sire, with 37 stakes winners (6% from foals) and 75 stakes horses (12% / foals) to his credit.

Luckily breeders in the Southwest don’t have to look far for an apt replacement. TOO MUCH BLING, the brilliantly fast dual Grade 2 winner for the Bob Baffert stable, has emerged as a potent force in Texas breeding.

How potent? Well, if you bred one of TOO MUCH BLING’s first 100 named foals, you had nearly a 25% chance of getting a stakes horses.

Here’s a quick look at TOO MUCH BLING’s cumulative totals*:

  • 12 SWs (12% / foals)
  • 23 SHs (23% / foals)
  • $45,352 – Avg. Earnings/starter
  • $4,002 – Avg. Earnings/start

TOO MUCH BLING’s 2013 by the numbers:

  • #1 General Sire in Texas by Earnings
  • #2 Sire by Stakes Winners
  • #2 Sire by 2yo Earnings
  • #1 Sire by 2yo Stakes Horses (4)
  • #1 Sir by 2yo Winners (9)

Notable Stakes Winners in 2013:

  • SIGNIFICANT BLING – Royal North S.
  • HE HAS BLING – Texas Stallion S. (Stymie Div)
  • MAKESHIFT – Two Altazano S., etc.
  • COUNTESS BLING – Juvenile S.

Importantly, TOO MUCH BLING hasn’t just enjoyed success in restricted company. In 2013, his runners included Texas Bling, who ran second by a neck to subsequent champion Will Take Charge in the Smarty Jones S. at Oaklawn. That followed a victory in the Remington Springboard Mile S. at two. Texas Bling has earned nearly $290,000 to date.

TOO MUCH BLING is also the sire of Sam Sparkle, who boosted his earnings to over $240,000 with another solid campaign in 2013. From TOO MUCH BLING’s first crop, Sam Sparkle won the 2011 Hunch S. at Aqueduct and has placed in two other stakes at the New York oval.

It’s no surprise that TOO MUCH BLING’s runners are blessed with his natural speed, but it’s also interesting to note that they’re stretching out, too. Among TOO MUCH BLING’s dozen stakes winners, at least eight—Blazing Bling, Boca Bay, Color Code, Countess Bling, He Has Bling, License to Bling, Makeshift, Texas Bling—have won stakes over a route of ground.

Texas’s leading freshman sire in 2010. Texas’s leading second-crop sire in 2011. And now Texas’s leading general sire. TOO MUCH BLING – the obvious choice for Texas breeders.

*Brisnet.com, 1/21/14

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