MIKE SMITH, UH OH BANGO, WINNER: “I had never ridden him so I called Aaron (Gryder) this morning to find out a little bit about him. He said he was unlucky last time (4th in the Nov. 25, Grade III All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields) and that he should run good today. He told me that he was even-paced and for me not to expect a quick turn of foot. I shared that with Kory in the paddock and he agreed, so I decided to lay close with him and he got brave early. I moved early with him and it worked out and I’ll tell you, he galloped out strong to about the half mile pole, so there’s more left.”


R. KORY OWENS, UH OH BANGO, WINNER: “I finally got that Grade II. He’s been having races go hit and miss for him lately. He’ll get there, the pace won’t set up for him, or there’s something else wrong. He finally put it all together today and that was a good thing to see. This is a horse that just keeps on going. He doesn’t finish like a grass horse, where he has a real tremendous kick, so we wanted to see what kind of pace we had and figure out where to put the horse.”

MARTY JONES, TRES BORRACHOS, SECOND: “He tries hard every time. He’s a true professional racehorse. You’d like to win, but you can’t be disappointed with his effort. The (Feb. 5) San Antonio is an option. We’ll see how he comes out of this.”

NOTES: The winning owner is Richard Owens of Triple AAA Ranch out of Glendale, Arizona.