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Uh Oh Bango Defeats Bold Chieftain By A Head In Berkeley Stakes At GGF
Uh Oh Bango won the Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Monday by a head over – you guessed it – Bold Chieftain.
Uh Oh Bango, a 4-year-old colt ridden by Aaron Gryder, came back on after being headed by 8-year-old Bold Chieftain in midstretch to earn his first graded stakes victory.
Mobilized finished third.
Bold Chieftain, ridden by Russell Baze, lost a photo finish in the Berkeley for the third straight year. The veteran was beaten a head by Autism Awareness in 2009 and beaten a head by Run It last year.
“I guess this race is just beyond him for whatever reason,” said Baze. “He ran a very good race. I went a short head by (Uh Oh Bango) and he came back on and got me. He was very game. Youth was served today.”
Gryder, riding Uh Oh Bango for the first time, tracked pacesetter Our Nautique from the start and took the lead from the front-runner at the top of the stretch. Uh Oh Bango never had a chance for a breather as Bold Chieftain immediately moved up to challenge for the lead.
“Bold Chieftain got a head in front but my little horse dug in,” said Gryder. “The last 50 yards he kept giving me a little more and a little more and a little more. He wanted it as bad as I did. His desire and will to win got him the victory.”
Uh Oh Bango, a son of Top Hit, was bred in Arizona by his owner, Triple AAA Ranch. R. Kory Owens trains the consistent Uh Oh Bango, who has four wins, four seconds and two thirds in 12 career starts and $411,612 in earnings.
Owens had hoped to get to the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Uh Oh Bango, who finished fourth in the Arkansas Derby.
“We wanted to run him in the Kentucky Derby last year but he developed a problem after the Arkansas Derby, so we had to give him time off and get started again,” said Owens. “This horse seems to have really taken to synthetics (2-for-2). There were some good old horses in this race. Bold Chieftain – it’s a big thing to beat a horse like that.”
Uh Oh Bango, at odds of 9-to-2, was the third wagering choice in a field of eight and paid $11.40.
Racing will resume at Golden Gate Fields Thursday. Post time is 12:45 p.m.