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Breeders' Cup 2017

Amazombie Disqualified in Los Angeles

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Nine days after being disqualified out of a graded stakes win with St Trinians in the Milady Handicap, trainer Mike Mitchell and jockey Joe Talamo had the stewards’ decision go their way in the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap.


A Grade III at six furlongs over Cushion Track, the Los Angeles was run about 40 minutes before the Gamely.


Camp Victory, who was second, beaten a half-length, crossing the finish line, was awarded the victory after original winner Amazombie was disqualified and placed third for an incident in the stretch.


Rallying under jockey Mike Smith, Amazombie, who was shooting for his third win in a row, lacked room behind horses, then angled out under left handed urging, bumping with M One Rifle, who, then bumped with Camp Victory.


Stewards Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer and Tom Ward ruled that Amazombie “went for a hole without sufficient clearance’’, causing interference to both M One Rifle and Camp Victory and “costing both horses a chance at a better placing.’’


Claimed for $40,000 by Mitchell for a partnership Feb. 13 at Santa Anita, Camp Victory, who raced in blinkers for the first time in the Los Angeles, has won two of three for his current connections. His lone loss was by a nose to favored Regally Ready in the grassy San Simeon Handicap April 16 in Arcadia.


The stakes win was the second in three days for Talamo, who served the last of a three-day suspension Monday for the Milady disqualification. Talamo, who won the American Handicap, a Grade II, Saturday on 8-1 shot Ryehill Dreamer, was able to ride in both races because of their graded designation.


The 8-1 fourth choice in a field reduced to six after the scratch of Supreme Summit, Camp Victory, a 4-year-old gelded son of Forest Camp and the Clever Trick mare Victory Trick, returned $18.40, $7.40 and $3.80. The final time was 1:08.87. Camp Victory has won seven of 16 and earned $235,986.


M One Rifle paid $4.60 and $2.80. The show price on Amazombie, the 2-1 second choice, was $2.60.


Completing the field were Indian Firewater, Cost of Freedom, the 8-5 favorite who was seeking to become the second two time winner of the Los Angeles Handicap, and Gato Go Win.


A winner of five of his previous 10 races over Cushion Track, Cost of Freedom broke quickly from his outside post, was joined by Indian Firewater on the inside, battled with that one most of the way, then weakened in the final sixteenth.


“My horse did get affected a little bit when (Amazombie) came out,’’ said Talamo, who also won the Los Angeles in 2009 with Red Arrow. “He bumped (M One Rifle) and then (M One Rifle) bumped mine pretty good.


“I really thought he was going to win turning for home. Then he got bumped and shifted his weight a little bit. He was athletic enough to pick himself up and get going again.


“I think it would really have been close if I wouldn’t have gotten bumped. I felt he had a lot of momentum and then he got bumped sideways. Talk to my agent (Scott McClellan) over there. He’s going to put me just on stakes races from now on.’’


Smith offered no comment about the Los Angeles.


In Monday’s first race, jockey David Flores gained the 900th win of his career at Hollywood Park, directing 9-2 shot Wake Me Now to a neck victory over 6-5 favorite Startjumpin Marnie.



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