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2012 Santa Anita Derby Day

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Amazombie wins the 2012 Potrero Grande Stakes
Amazombie horse racing

Amazombie wins the 2012 Potrero Grande Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita

© Kelley Carlson
The $150,000 Potrero Grande Stakes (G2) featured a field of six older horses sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track. Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) winner Amazombie was sent off as the 6-5 favorite off a third place finish in the San Carlos (G2). In to challenge him included 5-2 second choice Sway Away, second in the San Carlos, and 3-1 third choice Roman Threat, off his debut win.

Jockey Martin Garcia sent Roman Threat to the lead exiting the chute and he set very fast fractions of 22.02 and 43.95 while stalked by Amazombie the whole way. Entering the lane, Roman Threat continued to lead through 3/4 in 1:07.89, but Amazombie outfinished him in the final 1/16 to prevail by 3/4 length in 1:14.16 over the fast track. It was another length back to 9-1 Camp Victory third. This was Mike Smith's 5000th career victory.

Results chart from DRF

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