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2012 Breeders' Cup Sprint Contenders: Amazombie

If there was any doubt before, Amazombie now reigns as the west coast's top 2012 Breeders' Cup Sprint candidate with the recent retirement of The Factor.

 

Amazombie, the 2011 Eclipse Award Champion Male Sprinter, worked 6 furlongs in 1:13.20 on Saturday at Santa Anita Park in preparation for the October 6 Santa Anita Sprint Championship.  The work was the co-fastest of 12 at the distance.  The field for the Sprint Championship is expected to include the speedy 3-year-old filly Reneesgotzip who won the 6 furlong CERF Stakes at Del Mar impressively.

 

A 6-year-old Northern Afleet gelding out of an In Excess mare, Amazombie is the classic rags-to-riches story.  Bought as part of a deal with another yearling for a total of $5000, he didn't really get rolling for trainer Bill Spawr and Thomas Sanford until his 5-year-old season.  In fact, if you had $62,500 as recently as December 2010, you could have claimed him.

 

Amazombie won 3 of 6 in 2011 with a trio of third place finishes, capping his championship season with a Breeders' Cup Sprint win.  So far this year he is 2 for 4, with his losses- a 2nd and a 3rd- coming in 7 furlong races.  He has victories at 6½ and 6 furlongs.  After beginning the year with a third place finish in the G2 San Carlos at Santa Anita, he returned to the winner’s circle in the Potrero Grande in April, teaming up for jockey Mike Smith’s 5000th career win.

 

A second place finish to Shackleford in the Churchill Downs Stakes on the Derby undercard was next, and in August he returned to a distance more to his liking, taking the 6 furlong GI Bing Crosby in convincing fashion.  Mike Smith said then that Amazombie was “bigger, stronger, and even better than last year,” and it certainly looked that way as he blew past a dueling Comma to the Top and The Factor to win easily.

 

Amazombie appears to have rounded into top form in time to defend his titles in both the Santa Anita Sprint Championship and the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.  In-the-money in 23 of 27 lifetime starts (and 17 of 17 since August 2010), Amazombie is a horse that always shows up.  With a record of 5 wins in 7 tries at the six furlong distance, he is a force to be reckoned with in the Sprint Championship, and a serious contender in the BC Sprint this year in his own backyard.

 

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I love me some Amazombie too. I think him being the "throw in" horse makes me love him even more with all he has accomplished.
Me three! being that he's been raced only about 1/2 as much as last year he should be ready to fire the afterburners.
Me too. I love Amazombie's powerful big be-hind. I will be screaming for him to win the BC Sprint.
I am a big fan of Amazombie.

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