02/15/2011 1:31PM

Uh Oh Bango returns in allowance sprint at Santa Anita

Barbara D. Livingston
Un Oh Bango will make his first start in 10 months on Thursday at Santa Anita.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Uh Oh Bango started at five racetracks in seven races during his 2- and 3-year-old campaigns in 2009 and 2010, traveling the nation with trainer Kory Owens.

His list of venues visited will grow again Thursday when he starts in an allowance race over six furlongs at Santa Anita. Judging from his career record and ability to run well on a variety of tracks, Uh Oh Bango will play an important role in his first start in 10 months.

Owned by breeder Triple AAA Ranch, Uh Oh Bango was diagnosed with a fractured cannon bone after a fourth-place finish in the Arkansas Derby last April. The injury required surgery to insert one screw and led Owens to take a patient approach to the colt’s comeback.

When Uh Oh Bango resumed training in the fall, Owens took the training schedule slowly, jogging and galloping the colt for two months before starting workouts at Remington Park in November, where Owens was based at the time. Uh Oh Bango was later shipped to Turf Paradise in late autumn before arriving at Santa Anita in mid-January.

“We gave him a lot of long, slow gallops,” said Owens, who has four horses at Santa Anita this winter. “He’s finishing very well on this track right now. He’s getting to the point where he looks like he wants to go a route the way he’s finishing.”

Uh Oh Bango has won twice, including a victory by 10 1/2 lengths in the Prairie Meadows Freshman Stakes in Iowa in September 2009. Later that fall, he was second in two Grade 3 races – the Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs and the $750,000 Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes in Louisiana, losing the latter by a neck.

Thursday’s allowance race will be Uh Oh Bango’s first start in a sprint since the stakes win at Prairie Meadows. Joe Talamo will ride Uh Oh Bango for the first time and is likely to have the colt in a stalking position behind the red-hot Streakin’ Mohican, who has won two of his last three starts.

Claimed for $40,000 from a seven-furlong optional claimer on Jan. 23 by trainer Doug O’Neill, Streakin’ Mohican, 4, has drawn the rail and will face early pressure from Bulldogger, unraced since a fifth in the Jimmy V Stakes at Churchill Downs in November.