MIKE SMITH, AMAZOMBIE, WINNER: “Bill (Spawr) and I discussed that we were going to follow the number one horse (Atta Boy Roy). But he didn’t get away so well. When he didn’t get away, I just worked on getting out in the clear. So I just kept on needling my way out and I finally got out in the clear. I was able to sit there and make a run with (Steve) Asmussen’s horse (Captain Cherokee). We both fought it out to the end. He’s one of the coolest little horses I’ve been around. He’s just so full of class, and he knows what he’s out there for.”


BILL SPAWR, AMAZOMBIE, WINNER: “It was a good ride. This horse is the real deal. Nobody believes in him. He’s better on dirt. He’s a dirt horse. He came into this just perfect. If you don’t understand perfect, just look at his body. Anyway, we’re excited. It didn’t happen like we wanted out of the gate, but then he (Mike Smith) moved him out and he got there. We’ll keep him on dirt.”

NOTES: The winning owners are Tom Sanford and Bill Spawr of San Gabriel.