12/10/2009 12:00AM

Uh Oh Bango heads to Turf Paradise


Uh Oh Bango was to ship Friday to Turf Paradise, where he will winter as his connections plot a 3-year-old campaign that could run through the Kentucky Derby preps at Oaklawn or Sunland Park.

Uh Oh Bango put himself under consideration for such races after finishing second by a neck to Rule in the Grade 3, $750,000 Delta Jackpot on Dec. 4. The 1 1/16-mile race was the first two-turn start for Uh Oh Bango, and he earned a 95 Beyer Speed Figure for his performance.

"The horse almost looked like he could still use more ground," said Kory Owens, who trains Uh Oh Bango. "He came back like he had a lot more horse to him. He just needed more ground."

Owens said Glenn Corbett, the regular rider of Uh Oh Bango, mentioned that in the very early stages of the race the horse was unsure of his footing on the sloppy track. Uh Oh Bango also was tentative about the lights and their reflection on the wet surface during the night card at Delta Downs.

"It took a little bit for him to level off and get back in the game," Owens said.

When he did get settled, Uh Oh Bango pressed pacesetter Rule and then dueled with him through the lane. Owens said he is strongly considering sending Uh Oh Bango to Oaklawn in the spring, with the targets there being the Grade 2, $300,000 Rebel on March 13 and the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 10.

He said another plan would be to start the horse in the $100,000 Borderland Derby at Sunland on Feb. 27 as a springboard to the Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Park Derby on March 28. Owens said Uh Oh Bango also has the option of getting his season started in the $100,000 Turf Paradise Derby on Feb. 20.

"We're going to get regrouped in Phoenix and make some decisions," he said.

Arizona is home for Owens and Triple AAA Ranch, which bred and owns Uh Oh Bango. Back in September, the horse put up the year's highest Beyer for a 2-year-old male when he won the $50,000 Prairie Meadows Freshman with a 102.

Another good sprinter for Calhoun

Trainer Bret Calhoun's sprinter ranks got a little deeper last weekend, when Chief of Affairs strolled to a front-running win in the $50,000 Spirit of Texas at Sam Houston Race Park. He covered six furlongs in 1:09.40 to earn a career-best 101 Beyer.

"That was a big race," Calhoun said.

Plans for Chief of Affairs's next race have yet to be determined, but Calhoun said the horse would be considered for a start in the $50,000 King Cotton at Oaklawn on Jan. 30. Other top sprinters in the barn include multiple stakes winners Euroears and Gold Coyote.

The Spirit of Texas was one of eight stakes at Sam Houston last Saturday, and Calhoun won four of them, including the $100,000 Gallery Furniture Distaff with the Fair Grounds-based Bubbler.

Spendthrift prospects at F-T Texas

A group of six broodmares from Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky., and a weanling filly by Smarty Jones have been supplemented to the Fasig-Tipton Texas winter mixed auction at Lone Star Park on Monday. The additions will be part of the consignment from Legacy Bloodstock.

In all, Spendthrift will have 14 broodmares at the sale, and each will be sold with a 2010 season to My Pal Charlie, a past winner of the Grade 2 Super Derby that Spendthrift is standing at Elite Thoroughbreds in Louisiana.

The auction will begin at noon, with broodmares to go through the ring first, followed by weanlings, yearlings, and horses of racing age.

Springboard attracts full field

The $200,000 Springboard Mile for 2-year-olds at Remington Park on Sunday drew a field of 12 horses. Entries for the race were taken Thursday. Comedero, who in his last start won the $56,000 Old Hickory at Fair Grounds, will be making his two-turn debut under James Graham.

Others in the field include Man Chester Man, who won the local prep, and Turf Melody, who invades off an allowance win at Laurel for trainer Graham Motion. Productive Envoy enters off a 56-1 upset of the $250,000 Louisiana Legacy at Delta Downs, while Ron the Greek puts his 2-for-2 record on the line for trainer Tom Amoss.

Summer Bird recovering at Oaklawn

Summer Bird arrived at Oaklawn on Wednesday, trainer Tim Ice said. The horse shipped in from Los Angeles, where he had surgery Dec. 4 to address a nondisplaced fracture to his right front cannon bone. He was injured while preparing for the Japan Cup Dirt. Summer Bird is a leading candidate for 3-year-old champion based on his wins in the Belmont Stakes, Travers, and Jockey Club Gold Cup.