Bill Spawr

Dettori Leaves Spawr ‘Up In The Air’

Trainer Bill Spawr had a sweet run with Sensational Star, for whom Saturday’s $100,000 stakes is named. “We claimed him for $32,000 and he won a lot of graded stakes for us,” Spawr said of his multiple graded stakes-winning star of some 25 years ago. “They were trying to route him, but we made a […]

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Spawr Recalls ‘Marx Brothers Moment’ at Inaugural Cal Cup Classic

When My Sonny Boy won the inaugural California Cup Classic in 1990, the storyline was right out of the classic Marx Brothers’ film, “A Day at the Races.” Difference was, Barry Fitzgerald wasn’t the trainer. It was Bill Spawr. Spawr had Patrick Valenzuela booked to ride the 5-year-old son of To-Agori-Mou in the mile-and-an-eighth race, […]

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Champion Amazombie To Reside at Old Friends

Amazombie, winner of the 2011 Eclipse Award as champion sprinter, will take up residence at Old Friends Equine Retirement near Georgetown, Ky. The Blood-Horse reports that the 8-year-old gelding is scheduled to be flown to Kentucky Tuesday, Oct. 7, on the same flight that is slated to carry another soon-to-be Old Friends resident, Game On […]

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Champion Amazombie Retired

Amazombie, the champion sprinter of 2011, has been retired from racing, the Daily Racing Form reports. The 8-year-old gelding had not started since finishing ninth in the 2012 G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Last May, Amazombie was involved in a training mishap at Hollywood Park, when he nearly collided with a pony. He returned to training […]

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BC F&M Sprint: Ismene Turns In Early Morning Work

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint hopeful, Ismene worked five furlongs in :58.80 early Sunday morning at Santa Anita, the Daily Racing Form reported. Trainer Bill Spawr sent the California-bred filly to the track at 5 a.m. sharp, making her the first Breeders’ Cup contender on the track. Spawr wanted Ismene to work closer to a minute, but […]

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Amazombie Out Indefinitely with Wrenched Ankle

Champion Amazombie, who’s been unraced since the 2012 G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, has been sidelined indefinitely due to a wrenched ankle. Owner-trainer Bill Spawr told the Daily Racing Form that the Eclipse Award-winner had been targeting the G1 Bing Crosby Handicap for his 2013 debut. Unfortunately, Amazombie hurt the ankle during training hours earlier this […]

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‘Much Ado Over Nothing?’ Horse at Center of Rescinded Claim Flap is ‘Fine’

Plenny of Henny, the gelding at the center of a rescinded claim at Betfair Hollywood Park last Sunday, “seems to be okay”, according to trainer Bill Spawr. The gelding was originally claimed out of the first race on Sunday’s card at Betfair Hollywood. While cooling out in the test barn, Plenny of Henny was ruled […]

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Quarter Crack Puts Amazombie’s 2013 Debut on Hold

Champion Amazombie has had his seasonal debut postponed slightly by a quarter crack. Trainer Bill Spawr told the Daily Racing Form that he had planned to enter the 2011 Eclipse Award winner in the Tiznow Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park April 27, but that idea has been scrapped. “I got behind a week, maybe 10 […]

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Amazombie to undergo tests after subpar SA Sprint performance

After finishing fourth in a somewhat subpar performance in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I) on Saturday, Amazombie will undergo some precautionary health tests, co-owner and trainer Bill Spawr told the Daily Racing Form. Spawr reiterated that the Eclipse Award winner remains on track for a defense of his Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) […]

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Champ Amazombie preps for defense of BC Sprint title

Eclipse champion Amazombie will gear up for a defense of his Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) crown when he faces six rivals in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I) on Saturday. The winner of the race will earn an automatic berth in the BC Sprint, since it is part of the ‘Win and You’re […]

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