04/08/2013 9:35AM

Santa Anita: Amazombie's 2013 debut delayed by quarter crack

Barbara D. Livingston
Amazombie has not raced since the Breeders' Cup Sprint in November. He is scheduled to return during the Hollywood meet.

ARCADIA, Calif. – The 2013 debut of Amazombie has been postponed by a quarter crack, trainer Bill Spawr said Monday at Santa Anita. Winner of the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Sprint and Eclipse Award winner as outstanding sprinter, Amazombie  was expected to make his first start of the season April 27 in the $125,000 Tiznow Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park.

“I got behind a week, maybe 10 days, and to have him ready to go seven and a half-furlongs, I couldn’t do it,” Spawr said.

Amazombie has not started since an eighth-place finish Nov. 3 in the BC Sprint at Santa Anita, and has not worked since March 24. Spawr said Amazombie is one of “five or six” horses he trains that developed quarter cracks this winter at Santa Anita.

A 7-year-old gelding with 12 wins and of $1,920,378 in purse earnings from 29 starts, Amazombie was scheduled to resume serious training this week at Santa Anita. Spawr said Amazombie would work Tuesday morning.

“I’m not pushing him,” Spawr said. “He’ll run (at Hollywood) some time.”

Spawr, majority owner of Amazombie with Tom Sanford, has stated the first major goal for Amazombie is the Grade 1 Bing Crosby at Del Mar on July 28. Amazombie won the Bing Crosby last summer.

The absence of Amazombie from the Tiznow may sway favoritism to Mike Mitchell-trained Mel’s Game, who has won three straight. The Tiznow is one of four California-bred stakes on the April 27 Gold Rush card at Hollywood.

The program is highlighted by the $300,000 Snow Chief for 3-year-olds at a mile and one-eighth; stakes winners Omega Star and Tiz a Minister are among the nominees. In the $125,000 B. Thoughtful for filly-mare sprinters, Spawr-trained Ismene is among the likely starters.

The $250,000 Melair for 3-year-old fillies may include stakes winners Doinghardtimeagain and Qiaona. The spring-summer meet at Betfair Hollywood Park begins April 25. Closing day of the winter meet at Santa Anita is April 21.


richard montgomery More than 1 year ago
Remember Big Browns quarter crack right before the Belmont? We all know how that turned out.
John More than 1 year ago
I guess this is why I bet the races and am not a trainer, but Amazombie was virtually unbeatable on the down hill races(6 1/2fur ) , I wonder why Spawr hasnt moved him back to the lawn at age 7, and with quarter cracks, wouldnt it be easier on the horse ?
jttf More than 1 year ago
i always find it uncomfortable to walk across a dirt track with deep grooves created by harrows. it causes my feet to turn to the side unevenly. doesnt this put more pressure on the outside wall of a horse's foot , also ? why not have a screen or chain link fence behind the harrow to flatten out the peaks and fill in the valleys ? synthetic tracks grooves seem to be much shallower than dirt tracks. why not have an even amount of cushion across the track. when they seal the tracks for rain. they run with a flatter surface.
John More than 1 year ago
I think Stronach is cheap when it comes to track maintenance, used to be you would see the tractors doing the track every 1/2 hr in the mornings, now its one and done ! The guy is cheap ! I sent him a proposal, an idea that woulkd increase ontrack attendance and handle, but never got a response, I guess when you have a ton of money you become an idiot !
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
This is another example of closing Hollywood Park is a very bad idea and will have a serious effect on Horse Racing here in California if we leave the industry in Stronach's hands, he will run the Sport Of Kings into the ground, he could care less about thd safety of the horses. If anyine has been to S.A. should take notice how nice the facility is but take a close look at the back stretch and pay attention to how run down those barns are. Close Hollywood Park and put racing in Stronachs hands and soon there will be no racing in California.
Guy More than 1 year ago
Horses are vanned off EVERY single day at Santa Anita, whether in the morning or afternoon during the races. It is a much bigger story than any website or publications are reporting. Many horses being shipped east. But the blind lead the blind in Stronach's world.
jttf More than 1 year ago
why so many quarter crack issues this year at santa anita ? other top horses that are having similar problems include calidoscopio, executiveprivilege, tiz the truth and the lumber guy. all of these horses work and race at santa anita. is the track too hard ? is this related to diet or meds ?
Ceil Rock More than 1 year ago
The hard track is the probable cause. Lot of bone chips and other problems, too.
Black More than 1 year ago
Yep , its the California alfalfa . LOL. No ! It's the LASIX . No ! Its the track. Be serious , quarter cracks are common for race horses no matter where they race or train. They always have been. Asking questions that you have a preconcieved notion of an answer for is Paulick Report stuff. When you go back to PR you'll have plenty of company claiming Lasix causes quarter cracks. LOL.
jttf More than 1 year ago
i have noticed in the past that richard dutrow had more quarter crack problems at gulfstream park than anyone. now spawr has 6 or 7 horses with a speed biased track also. are these guys using the same kind of shoes ?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
All the above but too many barns don't dress hooves til after the damage is done.
Black More than 1 year ago
That could be true Chad and I think it probably is ,buttZ... that happens at every track. Some horses get cracks easier than others. Best Pal & Quality Road come to mind. Best Pal was a runner whenever his feet weren't messed up but they were cracking , patched or cracked for most of his life. My point is that it's not unusual for any number of horses to be sidelined with quarter cracks on any given day. More importantly it's absolutely unrelated to medication in any way. As far as the track goes it's now called little sandy. It is nowhere near the fast track it once was . My other point is that anytime it gets reported that there is a horse injured in any way ,out of the woodwork comes a certain group that wants to claim it was because of *drugs*. The next time you stub your toe and crack a toenail you wouldn't want me insinuating it was because of all the *drugs* in your system now would you ? Or maybe its those hard sidewalks in the asphalt jungle ? Or was it all those Jumbo Jacks you were eating ? :) Speaking of asphalt , it was the asphalt under the synthetic track that was causing the drainage problems. It was a botched job. I'm pretty sure that same asphalt is still down there but I'm not absolutely certain.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Absolutely correct that the Santa Anita maintrack is much slower and more tiring than it was in 2010, 2011, and the winter meet of 2012. However, there have been more horses injured during the afternoons at Santa Anita, even over the sandy surface, than at Hollywood. For the most part, the Hollywood Cushion Track has been very safe. Another positive about the Cushion is that it's the synth that plays most like dirt; quality dirt horses can win on it. Game on Dude is 0 for 2 over Del Mar's poly and bombed over the Dubai tapeta. At Hollywood, he missed in the 2011 Hollywood Gold Cup by a nose, and last year won the Californian, Gold Cup, and Native Diver on the Cushion.