04/23/2011 6:23PM

Hollywood Park: Amazombie stretches his speed to win Tiznow

Benoit & Associates
Amazombie (right), with Joel Rosario riding, wins the Tiznow.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Once thought of as only a raw sprinter, Amazombie has learned to carry his speed much farther than conventional distances of 6 or 6 1/2 furlongs.

In Saturday's $125,000 Tiznow Stakes at Hollywood Park, Amazombie ($4.20) led throughout 7 1/2 furlongs, winning his third stakes of the year and giving owner-trainer Bill Spawr an excuse to consider a Grade 1 race for the 5-year-old gelding this summer.

Amazombie won the Tiznow Stakes for statebreds by 2 3/4 lengths, never facing a threat from the trailing pack of 10. Quick Enough, who was eighth in the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai on March 26, finished second, 1 1/4 lengths in front of Mobilized.

Amazombie was ridden by Joel Rosario, his second stakes win of the day, and set a decent pace of 22.88 and 45.89 seconds, always leading by at least a length. He extended his lead through the final furlong.

"When he cleared them, I thought he was okay," Spawr said.

Spawr said that Amazombie has changed in recent weeks, which makes longer races more feasible. "I thought he could do it, but until you do it, you don't know," he said. "Mentally, in the last six to eight weeks, he relaxes so much."

Amazombie has won 8 of 18 starts and $503,708. Earlier this year, he won the Sunshine Millions Sprint and the Grade 2 Potrero Grande Stakes at Santa Anita. Spawr said the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap, a Grade 1 over seven furlongs, on July 2 is a long-range goal.

"I want to give him a little bit of a break," Spawr said. "The way he handled this track, we might wait for the Triple Bend."