ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 24, 2012) – Eight California-breds, headed by defending Sprint champion Amazombie and former Turf Sprint champion California Flag, are among 180 horses pre-entered for the 29th Breeders’ Cup, to be held at Santa Anita Nov. 2-3.
Amazombie will get a rematch against Coil in the $1.5 million Sprint, which he won last year. Amazombie is by Northern Afleet, out of the In Excess mare Wilshe Amaze, was bred by Gregg Anderson and is owned by Tom Sanford and trainer Bill Spawr. He has 12 wins in 28 starts, earnings of $1,920,378 and is coming off a fourth to winner Coil in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship Oct. 6. He won this race last year at Churchill Downs.
California Flag returns to the scene, and the hillside course he knows so well, of his 2009 Breeders’ Cup victory in the $1 million Turf Sprint. He is by Avenue of Flags, out of the Afleet mare Ultrafleet, was bred by Hi Card Ranch, is owned by Barbara Card, E-Racing.com, John Fradkin and Kevin Jacobsen and is trained by Brian Koriner. He has 11 wins in 26 starts, earnings of $1,288,825 and has only one race this year, a win in the May 21 San Simeon, after finishing 12th in this race last year at Churchill Downs. He was eighth in the race at Churchill Downs in 2010 and 10th in the race at Oak Tree at Santa Anita in 2008.
Monument will be a longshot in the $2 million Juvenile. He is by Cindago, out of the Beautiful Crown mare Grant Marty a Wish, was bred by Lee and Susan Searing, is owned by CRK Stable and trained by John Sadler. He has three wins in four starts, earnings of $195,500 and is coming off a win in the Oct. 13 Bob Benoit California Cup Juvenile.
John Scott, whose best races have come on synthetics, will try the $1 million Dirt Mile. He is by Bertrando, out of the Deputy Minister mare Henlopen, was bred by Harris Farms and Scott Gross, is owned by Harris Farms and is trained by Carla Gaines. He has five wins in nine starts, earnings of $322,304 and is coming off a third in the Oct. 13 Lava Man California Cup Classic.
Teddy’s Promise, 10 months removed from a Grade I win in the La Brea Stakes, will try the seven-furlong $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint. She is by Salt Lake, out of the Capote mare Braids and Beads, was bred by owners Ted and Judy Nichols and trained by Ron Ellis. She has six wins in 18 starts, earnings of $424,681 and is coming off a fourth in the Oct. 13 Cal Cup Distaff.
The unbeaten Gervinho will get the class test in the $1 million Juvenile Turf. He is by Unusual Heat, out of the Out of Place mare Foreverinthegame, was bred by Barry Abrams and Madeline Auerbach, is owned by Keith Brackpool and trained by Carla Gaines. He won both career starts with earnings of $102,000 and is coming off a win in the Oct. 8 Zuma Beach.
Hazardous is going from the claiming ranks into the $500,000 Juvenile Sprint. He is by Candy Ride, out of the Malek mare Malley Girl, was bred by Nick Alexander, is owned by Vegas Racing Team and trained by Carl O’Callaghan. He has two wins in three starts, earnings of $24,380 and is coming off a 13 ¼ -length win in a $25,000 claimer Oct. 14.
Also pre-entered in Starspangled Heat, an also-eligible for the $1 million Sprint Turf. He is by Unusual Heat, out of the Runaway Groom mare Bel Air Belle, was bred by Madeline Auerbach, David Abrams & Vincenzo Loverso, is owned by Auerbach and Loverso and trained by Barry Abrams. He has three wins in 15 starts, earnings of $174,810 and is coming off an Oct. 21 allowance win.