06/01/2011 5:04PM

Hollywood Park: Triple Bend next target for Amazombie


Amazombie's stretch run in the Los Angeles Handicap from multiple replay angles.

Amazombie, who finished first in the Grade 3 Los Angeles Handicap on Monday but was disqualified and placed third for causing interference in the stretch, is likely to start in the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap at seven furlongs on July 2, trainer Bill Spawr said Wednesday.

“I really think that seven-eighths is better for him now,” Spawr said. “He relaxes more and is such a professional.”

Spawr was in good spirits on Wednesday morning, full of praise for Amazombie, but was so frustrated during the inquiry on Monday that left the racetrack for the stable area before stewards Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer and Tom Ward disqualified Amazombie. Spawr co-owns Amazombie with Tom Sanford.

The stewards conducted a 10-minute inquiry before ruling 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.

Camp Victory, claimed for $40,000 by a partnership and trainer Mike Mitchell in February, finished second and was promoted to first, recording his first stakes win. M One Rifle was promoted from third to second.

Jockey Mike Smith rode Amazombie and did not comment on the disqualification after the race. He told Spawr that he had to get between horses in early stretch to avoid a possible accident.

“Mike said if he didn’t get in there, he was going to go down,” Spawr said.

Wednesday, Spawr said that Amazombie emerged from the race unscathed.

“He didn’t drop a pound,” he said. “It’s amazing.”