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Texas Bling Readied for Southwest

2/9/2013

Texas Bling put in his final workout for the Grade III Southwest Stakes on Saturday with an easy five-furlong breeze.

Timed in 1:02.60 (36/71) under regular rider Cliff Berry, Texas Bling satisfied the wishes of trainer Danele Durham.

“This was an excellent work,” said Durham. “I think that this will be his final prep for the Southwest. We just asked him to go out there and stretch his legs. He’ll be ready to go. Time wise, it was kind of consistent with what we did last week. I told Cliff I didn’t want to leave our race out there on the track.”

Texas Bling, runner-up to Will Take Charge in the Smarty Jones Stakes, won the $300,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park at 128-1 odds. The Texas-bred son of Too Much Bling showed that wasn't a fluke with his run in the Smarty Jones. He was beaten a neck.

“I’ve been real calm with it,” said Durham, who is spending her first meet in Hot Springs. “I’ve had other horses to run. The horse just seems to be taking to the track and coming back really well every day and there’s really nothing to worry about.”

Brown Almighty: Another Dirt Try

Brown Almighty hasn't been all that lucky. He was the victim of several troubled trips in turf stakes last year, and he exited his fifth-place finish in the Smarty Jones with a lung infection.

That was his first race on dirt. Now healthy, Brown Almighty will move on to his next target, the Southwest, after a five-furlong workout in 1:00.40 (2/71) Saturday.

“I was very happy with it,” said trainer Tim Ice. “I thought he worked good. I thought the track was a lot tighter, and he covered it well. He looked good getting over it. He did it pretty easily. Now, we just keep him healthy up until next week. We’ll scope him again because you can’t be too cautious. I wanted to give him a good 5/8s with just nine days until the race. We’ll probably come back three to four days before and blow him out a quarter mile, but this was his major work.”

Terry Thompson was aboard for the work and will have the mount in the Southwest.


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