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Santa Anita: Amazombie's 2013 debut delayed by quarter crack
By Brad Free
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.
Remember Big Browns quarter crack right before the Belmont? We all know how that turned out.
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 ?
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.
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 !
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.
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.
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 ?
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