Perennial Leading Texas Stallion Too Much Bling Retired from Stud Duty

(From Press Release) — Valor Farm has announced that Too Much Bling, one of Texas’ most successful stallions, has been retired from stud duty. The 20-year-old son of Rubiano will spend his retirement years on the sprawling stallion farm located near Pilot Point north of Dallas-Fort Worth.

A son of champion Rubiano out of a stakes-winning daughter of Formal Dinner, Too Much Bling made his racing debut as a 2-year-old with a third-place effort against stakescompany at River Downs and then broke his maiden by nearly 20 lengths at Thistledown. He then jumped right into Grade 1 company, where he finished third in the Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga. As a 3-year-old, he won four of his first five starts, allagainst stakes company, with victories in the San Miguel, San Vicente (G2), Bay Shore (G3) and Carry Back (G2) stakes. He retired with a record of 11-5-1-2 and earnings of $509,674. 

After debuting as a stallion in Florida, Too Much Bling was relocated to Lane’s End Texas, where he eventually took up the mantle as the state’s leading stallion from fellow Lane’s End Texas resident Valid Expectations, who also came to Texas after a stint in Florida. When Lane’s End Texas closed in 2016, Too Much Bling relocated to Valor Farm where he stood as the property of the farm’s owner, Douglas Scharbauer. Too Much Bling continued to be at or near the top of the Texas sire list and his offspring were among the highest sellers at the Texas yearling and 2-year-olds in training sales. 

From 14 crops to race, Too Much Bling has sired the earners of more than $20 million. He is represented by 31 black-type winners and several Texas champions. His top earner isDirect Dial, the 2018 Texas Horse of the Year who banked $546,931.

Too Much Bling continues to enjoy success this year as the sire of the earners of more than $1.3 million, including Too Much Kiki, who sold for $100,000 at last year’s Texas Summer Yearling Sale and broke her maiden in her racing debut this year in a division of the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star Park. That series of races for Texas-sired runners is named in honor of Douglas Scharbauer’s father, the former owner of Valor Farm.