Texas Bling Lights Up Remington Park to Tune of $259.60 for $2 Wager

Michael DempseyFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2012

Texas Bling Pulled off Shocker in Springboard Mile at Remington Park on Sunday
Texas Bling Pulled off Shocker in Springboard Mile at Remington Park on SundayKelvin Kuo

 Any horseplayer that backed Texas Bling in the $300,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park on Sunday has plenty of cash to buy some Christmas bling.

The Danele Durham trainee was sent off at 128-1 betting odds, the biggest price in the field of 12 under jockey Erik McNeil.

Breaking from the nine post, the colt was outrun in the early going, came with a three wide bid into the stretch, had to alter course to find some running room, split rivals and drew off late to pull off the shocking victory.

A small $2 win wager produced a windfall of $259.60, one of the biggest upsets in a stakes race this year in the U.S.

In addition to paying $259.60 for a $2 win wager, a $2 place bet returned his backers $122.00 and a $2 show wager paid $29.80.

The pacesetter Will Take Charge, who was saddled by hall of fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, held on for the runner-up spot at odds of nearly 12-1, completing a $2 exacta that returned $2,490. The 20-1 Worldventurer finished third, but nobody had all three in the correct order. The winning ticket of 8-3-all paid $18,827.20.

The Remington Park website offers a replay of the race, which was the ninth race, the next-to-last race of the meeting at the Oklahoma City racetrack.

That is going out with a bang for your buck.

The unlikely winner lost his first seven career starts, and then broke his maiden on Oct. 11 at Remington Park, returning $8.80.

The colt then was entered in the El Joven Stakes on Nov. 10 for his first start against winners and he checked in a non-threatening sixth at odds of 9-1.

The winning rider was elated with the victory according to Remington Park.

A jubilant McNeil said from the winner’s circle:

I was just trying to look for a place to go, there was no room. I was on Cliff’s (jockey Cliff Berry aboard Worldventurer) heels pretty much the whole way. It was just one of those things, when you pick up your head and a hole opens. He just shot through there for me and ran a huge race. Pinch me if this is real.

It was real.


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