|Jockey Mike Smith aboard Amazombie races to win first place during the 2011 Breeders' Cup World Championship horse races at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on Nov. 5, 2011. (REUTERS/John Sommers II)
Amazombie took the lead late down the stretch and gave jockey Mike Smith his 14th Breeders’ Cup win in Saturday’s $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint. The five-year-old covered the six-furlongs in 1:09.17 on a fast track at Churchill Downs.
Trained by co-owner Bill Spawr, Amazombie was racing along the rail in the middle of the nine-horse field. Coming out of the final turn Smith moved the gelding off the rail to find running room.
Amazombie caught Force Freeze with a 100 yards to run. Smith got his mount to the wire a head in front of Force Freeze followed by Jackson Bend and Aikenite.
The gelding picked up his 10th career win in 23 starts and adds $810,000 to his earnings. Spawr’s horse has banked more than $1.5 million. Smith is now one win behind retired jockey Jerry Bailey for the most World Championships victories.
Amazombie paid $17.80, $7.40 and $5.00. Force Freeze returned $7.00 and $5.00, and Jackson Bend paid $3.20 to show.