Bill Spawr had a busy morning Friday. With rain imminent, the
72-year-old trainer worked nearly half his barn, including
California-bred Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Amazombie, who is “50-50”
for either the Grade II, $150,000 Potrero Grande Stakes at Santa Anita
on April 7 or the Grade III, $200,000 Count Fleet Sprint Stakes at
Oaklawn Park on April 14.
With jockey Alex Bisono aboard, Amazombie worked five furlongs in
59.60. “It was a very good work,” Spawr said. “He galloped out in 1:12.”
Santa Anita’s work tab listed 13 Spawr workers Friday, including two on the training track.
Spawr said he worked 16 of the 30 head in his barn.
Bisono, meanwhile, is thrilled with the opportunity to work Amazombie
and to ride for a trainer with Spawr’s resume and horsemanship.
“He’s very respected,” said Bisono, a 27-year-old native of Central
Islip, Long Island. “When people see me working for him, they obviously
know that I’m doing a good job.
“Business is picking up little by little. I’m working really hard and
people are noticing that. They’re starting to give me better
opportunities.” “Irish” Brandon O’Bryan is Bisono’s agent.