The Sprint division in 2012 took some odd twists during the course of the year, with the first half of the year focused on the defending champion Amazombie.
- Bay Colt
- Born 2006
|Jockey||Mike E. Smith|
|Owner||Sanford, Thomas C. and Spawr, William|
|Amazombie View Five-Cross Pedigree||Northern Afleet||Afleet|
|Wilshe Amaze||In Excess (IRE)|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Two-year-old||Ridgeley Farm, agent||($32,000)|
Prices in parentheses indicate a horse did not sell because it did not meet its reserve price.
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