03/24/2013 2:26PM

Santa Anita: Amazombie will launch season in Tiznow Stakes

Barbara D. Livingston
Amazombie, eighth in last fall's Breeders' Cup Sprint, will begin his 2013 campaign in the Tiznow Stakes on April 27 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

ARCADIA, Calif. – The 2011 champion sprinter Amazombie will make his first start of 2013 in the $125,000 Tiznow Stakes on April 27 at Betfair Hollywood Park, owner-trainer Bill Spawr said Sunday after the gelding worked five furlongs at Santa Anita.

Amazombie has not started since Nov. 3, when his frustrating 2012 campaign ended with an eighth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita. Amazombie was 2 for 6 in 2012. During his championship campaign in 2011, he won 5 of 9, including the BC Sprint.

The time of the 5 a.m. workout by Amazombie was slow, as were many times Sunday.

“Last week he went in 59 and 4 [recorded time 1:00]. Today he comes back and goes 1:02 and 4,” Spawr said. “He’s the same horse.”

Amazombie, who has won 12 races and $1,920,378 from 29 starts, will face the streaking Mel’s Game in the 7 ½-furlong Tiznow. Mel’s Game has won three straight, including a California-bred allowance on March 17. He is trained by Mike Mitchell.

aaronrayk More than 1 year ago
This horse only runs when he wants to run. He's difficult to decipher.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Good spot for Amazombie. He hadn't run well at Santa Anita since the additional sand was put into the surface and it started to resemble Belmont. The Tiznow is a good place to get his confidence back over a surface he's run well over and that hasn't changed much the last few years. And if he doesn't win the Tiznow or run well, the surface can't be used as an excuse, and thus they can better make a decision about the horse's future.