10/26/2009 11:00PM

Uh Oh Bango eyes Iroquois


Uh Oh Bango, who put up the best Beyer Figure for a 2-year-old colt so far this year when he won the $53,000 Prairie Meadows Freshman in September with a 102, will likely make his next start in the Grade 3, $100,000 Iroquois at Churchill Downs on Nov. 1. The backup plan for the horse would be the $175,000 Jean Lafitte at Delta Downs on Nov. 7, said his trainer, Kory Owens.

Owens, who on Tuesday was working on shipping plans, said there were a couple of reasons to target the one-mile Iroquois off the horse's win at six furlongs in the Freshman.

"It's a graded race, and with most of the top-notch 2-year-olds already going to the Breeders' Cup, maybe it will be a little easier," he said. "And, it's going a mile, which is what I wanted to try to do. I didn't want to jump to a mile and a sixteenth with him."

Uh Oh Bango has raced three times, winning his debut at five furlongs at Prairie Meadows in August, then running second in the $50,000 Clever Trevor at six furlongs at his Remington Park base before winning the Freshman by more than 10 lengths. He races for Triple AAA Ranch, and his regular rider is Glenn Corbett.

No BC for Ez Dreamer

Ez Dreamer, a half-brother to Uh Oh Bango, had been under consideration for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint but will pass on the race, Owens said. In his last start, Ez Dreamer was a close third in the Grade 3 Phoenix at Keeneland on Oct. 9. He is now possible for the $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap at Fair Grounds on Nov. 26.

"That's something we'll look at," said Owens.

Earlier this year, Ez Dreamer won the $125,000 Iowa Sprint Handicap at Prairie Meadows and the $100,000 Premier Handicap at Zia Park. For each effort he earned a Beyer of 105.