05/28/2013 8:56AM

Hollywood Park: Amazombie sidelined with a wrenched ankle

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Barbara D. Livingston
Multiple Grade 1 winner Amazombie was injured in a training accident early this month and still has swelling in an ankle.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – A training-track accident at Betfair Hollywood Park has delayed the comeback of 2011 champion sprinter Amazombie, who will miss the summer season and possibly his entire 7-year-old campaign.

Amazombie has not started since Nov. 3, 2012, finishing eighth as the favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita, a race which he won in 2011. This winter, Amazombie was plagued by quarter cracks.

Owner-trainer Bill Spawr was targeting the Grade 1 Bing Crosby in summer at Del Mar until the mishap early this month.

“He was just getting ready to breeze again,” Spawr said. “We got the bar shoe off and he was going good.”

Amazombie was coming off the Hollywood training track following a morning gallop when Spawr said an over-eager pony ran in front of him and cut him off. Spawr said Amazombie “wheeled and almost went down . . . he wrenched his [left] ankle.”

X-rays did not reveal a serious injury, but as of Monday morning Amazombie still had swelling in the ankle. It is unclear when he will resume training.

“”We’re on hold right now, he is going to miss Del Mar,” Spawr said.

Amazombie has won 12 races and $1,920,378 from 29 starts. Owned by Spawr and Tom Sanford, the gelding’s six graded stakes wins include three Grade 1s – the BC Sprint and Ancient Title in 2011, and Bing Crosby in 2012.

KissmeCatexoxo More than 1 year ago
Time to retire the champ !
Mike B More than 1 year ago
Too bad to hear about this. Probably a six figure mistake that maybe was preventable.... Think it was Baffert who says in training horses up to big the races the margin for error is like zero. One wrong step. One over eager pony. Brief touch of noses with a sick horse. And you are done for that race and maybe that year or more. Very little margin for error in the sport in general... one part per million over on a legal substance, picking the wrong race for your horse, jockey loses reins for a second, you pick from two comparable horses in a split second at auction and the one you did not pick wins breeders cup, etc. The edge of a nose separates immortality and also rans... Part of allure and danger of the sport.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Well said.
CHris SChott More than 1 year ago
I had the opportunity to sit with zombie's owners at last years 2012 breeders cup....simply lovely people. Sure would be nice to see their horse return for this years breeders cup sprint....get well!!
redboy More than 1 year ago
Get well soon Old man.. It was a pleasure to see you run'em down in 2011. Can't wait to see you back to your winning ways!
Jerome Moynihan More than 1 year ago
that's indeed bad news.looked forward to seeing him run this summer,but if any horse deserves a turn out it's AMAZOMBIE I wish him good luck
Ceil Rock More than 1 year ago
He actually had a vacation over the winter at a local ranch.
John More than 1 year ago
Great old warrior, adds intrigue to any race he enters ! Get well "zombie".............hopefully by the Breeders Cup we will see you !
Elijah Allison More than 1 year ago
Damn I've been wandering about amazombie, hopefully he heels up nice and fast and stronger than ever