09/22/2012 3:03PM

Santa Anita: Amazombie gets ready for Breeders' Cup stretch run

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Amazombie is being pointed for the Santa Anita Sprint Championship, then a defense of his Breeders' Cup Sprint title.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Amazombie worked six furlongs in 1:13.20 on Saturday, moving closer to a two-race fall campaign designed to defend his title as the nation’s champion sprinter.

Amazombie is scheduled to start in the $250,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Oct. 6 followed by the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 3. Both races are over six furlongs. In 2011, Amazombie won the same races. The Santa Anita Sprint Championship was then known as the Ancient Title Stakes. The BC Sprint was run at Churchill Downs.

The winner of the Santa Anita Sprint Championship receives a fees-paid berth to the BC Sprint as part of the Breeders’ Cup’s Win and You’re In program.

Trainer and co-owner Bill Spawr timed Amazombie in 1:13 in Saturday’s workout, including the first three furlongs in 37.60 seconds and the final three furlongs in 35.40 seconds. Spawr timed Amazombie galloping out seven furlongs in 1:26.20.

“The way he did it is what was good,” Spawr said. “He looks great physically.

“The track is really slow today. The boys said that it’s really dead.”

The 3-year-old filly Reneesgotzip, the winner of two stakes this year, including the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes, is expected to be part of the field for the Santa Anita Sprint Championship.