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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