From The Paulick Report:
Texas Bling has been working hard to prove his poor performance in the Southwest Stakes (G3) when ninth of 10 Feb. 18 was due to the sloppy track and on Saturday he put an exclamation point on the fact he is ready to redeem himself in Saturday’s $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2). In his third work since the Southwest, the Too Much Bling colt breezed five furlongs in 1:01 under regular rider Cliff Berry. It was the second fastest of 64 works at the distance.
“It was an absolutely fabulous work,” said trainer Danele Durham. “A horse broke off in front of him and it gave him something to shoot for. He kept getting stronger and stronger and we caught him coming home in 12 and change and really strong on the end and gaining. He vetted 100 percent today and has been a beast in the shedrow. He’s had three workman-like works. Cliff (Berry) is looking forward to it.”
Texas Bling, who races for the Hall’s Family Trust, earned the right to continue down the path toward the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 13 when he finished second in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 21, one race after pulling an upset in the $300,000 Springboard Mile at Remington Park last December.