10/07/2012 6:53PM

Santa Anita: Amazombie will undergo tests after flop in Sprint Championship

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Amazombie is still pointing to the Breeders' Cup Sprint, but his connections want to find out if there is a physical reason he did not run well in Saturday's Santa Anita 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.

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“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.