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2012 Kentucky Derby: Creative Cause works five furlongs at Hollywood Park
By Jay Privman
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Creative Cause, narrowly beaten in the Santa Anita Derby in his last start, worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 at Betfair Hollywood Park on Tuesday morning, his final local drill before leaving Saturday for the Kentucky Derby on May 5 at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Mike Harrington said he plans to work Creative Cause once at Churchill Downs, ideally on Tuesday, as long as the weather cooperates.
“It depends on the weather,” Harrington said at his Hollywood Park barn. “I would prefer to breeze him, but he doesn't have to.”
Creative Cause did not wear blinkers for Tuesday’s workout and will not wear them in the Kentucky Derby, Harrington said. The Santa Anita Derby was his first race without blinkers.
“Joel,” Harrington said, referring to jockey Joel Rosario, who rides Creative Cause in his races, “said he relaxes better without them, which could be important in the Kentucky Derby.”
Former jockey John Cisneros, Harrington’s assistant trainer, was aboard for Tuesday’s work. Russell Hudak, Hollywood Park’s head clocker, had Creative Cause clicking off fractions of 12 seconds, 23.80, 35.60, and 48.20, then had Creative Cause going out six furlongs in 1:14.
I"ve had CC since day 1. Did not play him in the futures. Glad I didn't. Unless it is a sealed track and an uncontested lead he runs 8th at best. Any condition, including post, Gemologist is the horse to beat.
I like CC too he bear Bodemeister, but, here's the thing Bodemeister keeps getting better and I'm not sure the same can be said of CC or Rags to Riches. The interesting horse in the field is Went The Day Well.
I really like this horses chances in the KD, but fear he may be an ITM horse...always close but gets beat.
Creative Cause is a top quality horse; however, I'm not so sure the path they took with him is the best for the horse. when horses veer in the stretch it usually means their wheels are not sound. Hope he comes out safe and sound after the derby, and I always pray for owners, jockeys and trainers to put horse's well being before and way above their whims and egos.
Harrington needs to take the whip away from Joel Rosario. It's obvious to everyone who's seen CC's last few races how badly he veers every time he's hit. Some horses react badly to the whip & need to be strictly hand ridden. A top tier jockey like Rosario should be able to adapt to that, so I do not understand why he hit CC @ the top of the stretch in the SA Derby. The poor horse almost came to a complete stop!
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