Updated on 06/02/2011 12:23PM

Hollywood: Amazombie DQ'd, Camp Victory put up in Los Angeles Cap

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Amazombie finishes first in the Los Angeles Handicap, but was taken down for interference, and runner-up Camp Victory was delared the winner.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Amazombie finished first in Monday’s $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park but was disqualified and placed third, giving the victory to second-place finisher Camp Victory, with M One Rifle promoted from third to second.

Stewards Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer and Tom Ward ruled that Amazombie interfered with M One Rifle and Camp Victory when closing between M One Rifle and Cost of Freedom nearing the furlong pole. The stewards ruled the bumping incident cost Camp Victory and M One Rifle an opportunity for a better placing.

Bill Spawr, who trains and co-owns Amazombie, was nowhere near the winner’s circle when the decision was announced. A few minutes after the field returned to be unsaddled, and while the inquiry was being reviewed, Spawr headed for the parking lot and to the stables, recalling that Amazombie was disqualified under similar circumstances in a turf sprint at Del Mar last summer.

“I’m leaving,” he said. “They took him down at Del Mar. I’ll watch him come back.”

Amazombie, the 2-1 second choice under Mike Smith, finished six furlongs in 1:08.97, the fastest six furlongs of the meeting. Amazombie finished a half-length clear of Camp Victory, who finished 1 1/2 lengths in front of M One Rifle and paid $18.40. Indian Firewater finished fourth, followed by 8-5 favorite Cost of Freedom and Gato Go Win.

For Camp Victory, the Grade 3 Los Angeles Handicap was his first stakes win and came three races after he was claimed for $40,000 by a partnership and trainer Mike Mitchell. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Camp Victory was second by a nose in the Grade 3 San Simeon Handicap on turf at Santa Anita on April 16.

A 4-year-old gelding by Forest Camp, Camp Victory has won 7 of 16 starts and $235,986.