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Favored Amazombie Eyeing a Sprint Repeat

2011 champion sprinter Amazombie is the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint favorite.

Defending sprint champion Amazombie is the morning line favorite against a deep and full field of 14 in the $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).

The California-bred son of Northern Afleet , who won last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs and was subsequently named champion sprinter for the year, was assigned odds of 4-1. Amazombie is trained by co-owner Bill Spawr and will be ridden by Mike Smith, who has been the 6-year-old bay gelding's regular pilot for the past three seasons.

The champ faces four other grade I winners and four additioFnal graded stakes winners but does have an affinity for Santa Anita Park's main track, with four wins, a second, and third out of seven starts.

Just behind Amazombie in the morning line at 5-1 is Coil. Bob Baffert's 4-year-old son of Point Given is coming into the Sprint off an impressive victory in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I, formerly known as the Ancient Title Stakes) in which Amazombie finished fourth. Coil's stablemate, Capital Account , who finished second in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship has also been entered and is 8-1. Coil is owned by the extraordinarily successful partners Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman. Capital Account is owned by Thoroughbred Legends Racing.

Another top California trainer, Richard Mandella, is getting a lot respect for his lightly raced Jimmy Creed , a 3-year-old son of Distorted Humor  out of the grade I winner Hookedonthefeelin, who broke his maiden in July. The chestnut colt, who is 6-1 in the morning line, has not finished out of the money in five starts and comes into the Sprint off a third-place finish in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship. Jimmy Creed is owned by B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm.

Other grade I competitors in the field include Poseidon's Warrior  (Albert G. Vanderbilt Invitational Stakes), The Lumber Guy (Vosburgh Invitational Stakes), and Smiling Tiger  (2011 Triple Bend Handicap).

Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 3 3:58 PM PDT
Post Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Sum of the Parts  Julien Leparoux  Thomas M. Amoss   20-1
2 Jimmy Creed  Garrett Gomez Richard E. Mandella   6-1
3 Gantry  Javier Castellano Ron Faucheux   10-1
4 Coil  Martin Garcia Bob Baffert   5-1
5 Justin Phillip  Rafael Bejarano Steven M. Asmussen   20-1
6 Fast Bullet  Joe Talamo Bob Baffert   12-1
7 The Lumber Guy  John Velazquez Michael E. Hushion   6-1
8 Capital Account  David Flores Bob Baffert   8-1
9 Trinniberg  Willie Martinez Shivananda Parbhoo   15-1
10 Smiling Tiger  Ramon Dominguez Jeffrey L. Bonde   12-1
11 Amazombie  Mike Smith William Spawr   4-1
12 Hamazing Destiny  Joel Rosario D. Wayne Lukas   12-1
13 Poseidon's Warrior  Irad Ortiz, Jr. Robert E. Reid Jr.  15-1
14 Boxeur des Rues  Mario Gutierrez Doug F. O'Neill   30-1