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Potrero Grande Probably Next for Amazombie

Amazombie , ridden by jockey Mike Smith and trained by Bill Spawr wins the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) at at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on November 5, 2011.

Amazombie is back and rarin’ to go. The 2011 Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion had his first official workout Thursday morning since returning from a layoff following a disappointing performance in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Sprint last Nov. 3.

The California-bred gelding owned by Tom Sanford and trainer Bill Spawr went three furlongs in 38.80 and could make his stakes return at Santa Anita in the Grade II Potrero Grande Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on April 6.

“I was miffed,“ Spawr joked. “He worked too fast. I wanted him to go 40. He worked a quarter mile about four days ago, but those short works aren’t published. It’s just like an open gallop.

“The track has been playing fine recently for Amazombie’s (stretch-running) style,” Spawr said. “We’ll see how long it lasts. We’d love to run here (in the Potrero Grande). We’ll look at that.”

As for two-time stakes-winning filly Ismene, who disappointed in her return to the races last month after recovering from a chip in her right knee more than a year ago, “We’re just jogging her right now,” Spawr said.

With the major prep races on the road to the Kentucky Derby beginning in earnest, HRTV will offer racing fans the latest information on the Triple Crown trail when it premieres the weekly Fasig-Tipton Pursuit of the Crown, presented by Twinspires.com show, beginning tonight at 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

The comprehensive show will not only focus on the upcoming 139th edition of the "Run for the Roses" from Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 4, but all Triple Crown stops -- the Preakness (May 18) from Pimlico Race Course, and the Belmont Stakes from Belmont Park (June 8).

Laffit Pincay III will host the show, while Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, a three-time Kentucky Derby winner, will deliver his unique insight as analyst. Scott Hazelton will again provide additional Triple Crown news and perspective.

The 30-minute show provides detailed interviews with key owners, trainers, jockeys of Derby/Triple Crown contenders, in addition to offering analysis and profiles of the top 3-year-olds from HRTV's experts.

Beginning Sunday, February 24 (5 p.m. Pacific), HRTV will again introduce a second weekly installment of Fasig-Tipton Pursuit of the Crown, presented by Twinspires.com to its programming schedule. This half-hour show, slated for each Sunday, will offer an instant recap of the weekend's stakes races with Triple Crown implications.

 

 

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