Amazombie is scheduled to work six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main
track Saturday morning as last year’s champion sprinter prepares for the
inaugural Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Oct. 6. The six furlong
“Win and You’re In” race formerly was run as the Ancient Title Stakes.
“He’s better than he ever was,” trainer and co-owner Bill Spawr
said of the California-bred son of Northern Afleet, who is also owned by
Tom Sanford. “It’s scary. He’s stronger than he was. If he wins or runs
well in the Sprint, it’s on to the Breeders’ Cup.”
The Grade I, $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint, won by Amazombie
last year at Churchill Downs, will be decided this year at Santa Anita,
Amazombie’s home track, on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Spawr said Amazombie would have one more work after tomorrow, probably “at six furlongs next Friday or Saturday.”
Amazombie’s fan base, meanwhile, is becoming Zenyatta-esque. “I
was at a restaurant in Kentucky when I was down there for the Keeneland
Sales,” Spawr said. “The waitress said Amazombie was her favorite horse,
and when I told her I was his trainer, she couldn’t believe it.”
It’s a small world.
In other Santa Anita Sprint Championship news:
Peter Miller, fresh from winning the Del Mar training
championship, said the stakes-winning filly Reneesgotzip would run in
the race but Comma to the Top would pass in favor of the inaugural Eddie
D at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf on opening day next Friday.