04/08/2013 8:35AM

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.