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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN
• UH OH BANGO SEEKS UPSET OF GAME ON DUDE IN SUNDAY’S SAN ANTONIO
• OUT OF BOUNDS ON COURSE FOR MARCH 10 SAN FELIPE STAKES
SMITH EXPECTS ANOTHER BIG EFFORT FROM UH OH BANGO
Mike Smith hopes history repeats Sunday when he rides Uh Oh Bango in the Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio Stakes, a major steppingstone to the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 3.
Smith was aboard Uh Oh Bango for the first time on Jan. 7 when he guided the 5-year-old Arizona-bred horse to a 1 ¾-length victory in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. The San Antonio is a sixteenth further at a mile and an eighth.
“He ran great for me,” Smith said of Uh Oh Bango in the San Pasqual, “so I’m hoping the second time will even be better. His last three races were good. His ran really well finishing second to Bold Chieftain (in the Bull Dog at Fresno on Oct. 16).
“In the All American (at Golden Gate on Nov. 25), he reared up at the start and still finished fourth. It was a horrible start. It cost him the race. Then he came back and ran a bang-up race in the San Pasqual.
“I think he’s going to come back and run big again, because look at his works. I don’t think the extra distance will be a problem. He’s a stayer. He’ll have no problem with a mile and an eighth. The question will be, is he good enough?”
Trained by Kory Owens for his father, Richard, of Glendale, Arizona, who races as Triple AAA Ranch, Uh Oh Bango has a 5-5-2 record from 17 starts. The son of Top Hit has earned $532,712.
The field for the San Antonio with Santa Anita morning line oddsmaker Jon White’s revised morning line following the scratch of Tres Borrachos: Uh Oh Bango, Mike Smith, 3-1; Game On Dude, Chantal Sutherland, 3-5; El Gato Malo, Corey Nakatani, 10-1; Ashtar, Kevin Krigger, 20-1; Victory Pete, Martin Garcia, 5-1; and Skipshot, Joe Talamo, 8-1.
SIX CANDIDATES QUALIFY BY PETITION FOR 2012 TOC BOARD ELECTION
The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) have announced that six persons have qualified through the nomination-by-petition process to run for the TOC Board of Directors.
Qualifying by petition were Tom Bachman, Joel Eichenberger, John Harris, Jerry Jamgotchian, Roxanne Smith, and Michael Wellman. Along with the 24 candidates nominated by TOC, they will make up the ballot for an open election to fill all 15 seats on the TOC board.
The 24 candidates previously nominated were Madeline Auerbach, Bob Baffert, Dennis Cardoza, Jim Cassidy, Will DeBurgh, Mark Dedomenico, Dennis Grenier, Gloria Haley, Mike Harrington, Allan Kirkwood, George Krikorian, Ron McAnally, Ed Moger, Kevin Nish, Jack Owens, Pete Parrella, Mike Pegram, Keith Pronske, John Sadler, George Schmitt, Pablo Suarez, George Todaro, Kathy Walsh, and David Wilson.
TOC expects ballots and candidate statements to be mailed on Feb. 15 to all TOC members. The postmark deadline to return ballots is March 15, and following a vote tally by an independent auditor, the newly elected board will be seated at the April board meeting.
FINISH LINES: Sham Stakes winner Out of Bounds remains on course for the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 10. “He’s had three works since we ran him (in the Sham on Jan. 7) and he’s got four more until he runs again,” said trainer Eoin Harty, who was not caught up with Derby Fever at this early juncture. “It’s a long time between now and May,” he said. The Kentucky Derby is run this year on May 5 . . . Marathon turf stakes winner Bourbon Bay, prepping for next Saturday’s Grade II San Marcos Stakes at 1 ¼ miles on grass, worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s turf course this morning in 1:15.40 for Neil Drysdale . . . Norfolk Stakes winner Creative Cause, prepping for his 3-year-old debut in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 19, worked six furlongs on Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track Saturday in 1:13.80 for Mike Harrington . . . Raven Run winner Great Hot worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Friday in a bullet 59.40, fastest of 46 drills at the distance. The average time was 1:01.16. “We’re looking at the Santa Maria,” trainer A.C. Avila said. The Santa Maria is a Grade II race with a $200,000 purse to be decided on Feb. 18 . . . ShowVivor was down to six players entering Saturday’s races . . . Go-Go Golfing For(e) the Winners Foundation will hold a golf outing on Monday, April 9, at the Angeles National Golf Club in Sunland in an effort to raise funds for the Winners Foundation, as well as to celebrate the release of “The Garrett Gomez Story: A Jockey’s Journey Through Addiction & Salvation.” The keynote speaker will be two-time Eclipse Award winner Gomez, who is co-chairman of the event along with Joe Harper, President and General Manager of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club . . . HRTV’s Gary Stevens likes the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI Sunday, set for a 3:30 p.m. start on NBC-TV. “New England has the coaching and Tom Brady,” the retired Hall of Fame rider said. “They’re an old school team.” . . . First post time on Santa Anita’s eight-race card tomorrow, Super Bowl Sunday, is 11 a.m. Gates open at 9 a.m.