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Santa Anita: Amazombie will undergo tests after flop in Sprint Championship
ARCADIA, Calif. – Amazombie will undergo precautionary health tests in coming days after finishing fourth as a heavy favorite in Saturday’s $250,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship.
Co-owner and trainer Bill Spawr said that Amazombie remains on course for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint here on Nov. 3, a race he won at Churchill Downs last year.
“He’s a little tired,” Spawr said. “He didn’t eat much. He didn’t put in that run that he usually does.
“We’ll do some tests. I’ll take some bloods. We’ll see if we can figure something out.”
In the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, Amazombie was second with a furlong to go, but faded to finish 1 1/2 lengths behind race winner Coil.
Spawr said there indications before the race that Amazombie was not 100 percent.
“He was a little dull when we were saddling him,” he said. “He didn’t get beat that far. He didn’t have that kick.”
Amazombie was sent off at 4-5 shot in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship, his first race since winning the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar in late July. After the race, jockey Mike Smith said that Amazombie tired late in the race, but would benefit from the start. It was a point that Smith reiterated with Spawr in a Saturday evening phone call, the trainer said.
“He called back [Saturday] night,” Spawr said. “You understand that this race will move him up.”
Baffert pair move on to BC Sprint
Coil earned an automatic berth to the BC Sprint with his win on Saturday.
The race was part of the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In program, offering a fees paid berth to the BC Sprint.
Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Coil won his first stakes of 2012 in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship. Trained by Bob Baffert, Coil won the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational over 1 1/8 miles at Monmouth Park in 2011.
Baffert said on Sunday that he will focus on the BC Sprint with Coil and stablemate Capital Account, who was beaten a head in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship after a strong rally through the stretch.
They had been considered for the BC Dirt Mile.
“I’ll stick with the Sprint,” Baffert said. “I was hoping it would work out that way. I debated what to do with them and got an answer” Saturday.
Coil and Capital Account were ridden by Martin Garcia and David Flores, who will keep the mounts for the BC Sprint, Baffert said.
Amazombie is clearly an overachiever. Recepient of an excellent trip this weekend. He came up suprisingly empty. What this does is enhance the odds for loyal supporters on November 3rd.
Coil isn't getting the respect he deserves. The Haskell winner will be an overlay in the Breeders Cup. I like him.
After the race Smith says the horse just needed the race. But going in, both Smith and Spawr were flowing with accolades about how Amazombie is even better than last year. And last year, Amazombie won both this race and the BC Sprint. Spawr announcing that the horse will undergo tests leads me to believe that he's genuinely surprised the horse couldn't even salvage 2nd or 3rd. Of course, suggesting a physical excuse also takes some of the pressure off Spawr if, in fact, he made a mistake and had the horse undertrained.
Horses that ship in without working out over the Santa Anita dirt track have little or no shot against Baffert's string of Breeder's Cup horses. He may very well win every race he enters horses in Breeder's Cup weekend.
Horses have good and bad days. Health tests after not winning... lol Loved this race, and look forward to seeing the usual suspects in the BC sprint again. Hope Reneesgotzip will make it in as well. She's a lot better than she looked here. I can tell that without health tests.
Can these guys just say the truth. Horse was not cranked for this. Most get tired and come off their feed after a race. Do the blood tests. Politic for the unknowing. He and Lumber Guy ready to rumble. Coil ran too hard to be much of a factor in the Bc.
If you didn't FEEL your Horse was a 100% why didn't you have Trevor make a Public announcment,and SAVE the POOR Saps a whole lot of MONEY?? Becuase you don't give a DAMN Mr Spawr, you'll be back in the Breeder's Cup. Ok Mikey Smith IF you have a SHOT at the TOP of the stretch "Go Ahead" but DON'T squeez him, we got the BIG race coming up. Yes BOSS man,I copy. You and Mike Smith make me SICK. Bill Spawr and LOW odds DO NOT MIX..................
If you were Spawr, would you use him up in a 250 G race or save him for the 2 million? If he's got another Breeder's Cup in him, you don't spend him against Coil who beat Shackelford, who beat Amazombie. I wasn't surprised. Spawr's a smart trainer.
These Cal horses just can't stay healthy. is it the surface out there or the drugs from all these trainers giving them and crooked stewards looking the other way
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