04/24/2012 12:04PM

2012 Kentucky Derby: Creative Cause works five furlongs at Hollywood Park

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Creative Cause is scheduled to ship to Kentucky on Saturday for the Kentucky Derby.

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.

donald More than 1 year ago
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.
Ian Fick More than 1 year ago
IMO the derby is a two horse race after the eight pole. It's between Bodemeister and Dullahan....
Joe More than 1 year ago
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.
Mark Kuzelka More than 1 year ago
I really like this horses chances in the KD, but fear he may be an ITM horse...always close but gets beat.
Joe Tartaglia More than 1 year ago
I'm right there with you. I just feel like this is horse is gonna get caught late or have some reason to finish 2nd or 3rd. Guess he's a good horse to use in Tri's then.
JeanK More than 1 year ago
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.
Ian Fick More than 1 year ago
Jean the horse veers in the strech when he is shying away from the whip.....
Donna Straley More than 1 year ago
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!
Ian Fick More than 1 year ago
First of all, this is no "poor Horse". he is a professional athlete and a good one. The trainer and rider do not have to give explanations to anyone as to why they do certain things. CC did NOT "almost come to a complete stop" as you state. He shyed from the whip and the most likely scenario is that they were trying to teach him to respond to the whip instead of to react to it. Mike Harrington and Rosario are professionals. they know what they are doing.....
mrm More than 1 year ago
Spot on. I'm quite sure trainer,rider and jock know all there is to know about CC at this point. It just seems like he's a big dummy.
Donna Straley More than 1 year ago
Mr. Fick, you should read Steve Haskin's recent blog posts @ Bloodhorse re: Rosario & using the whip on CC. He has CC as his top Derby horse, BUT he has repeatedly criticized Rosario's rides on him. He's not the only one, either. NO ONE is criticizing CC's worth as a racehorse.
st More than 1 year ago
Don't you think Joel Rosiaro is just getting a feel for when and how to use the whip on Kentucky Derby day. Use the prep races for trial and error and to perfect how to ride the horse on Derby. rosiaro rode Make Music for me to 4th, Brillant Speed to 7th (3rd in Belmont) I'm pretty sure Rosario is the best of the younger jockey generation. Joel will make sure Creative Cause shows up on derby day!
Ian Fick More than 1 year ago
Donna, one of the reasons I don't read ANYTHING from the bloodhorse site anymore is Haskin himself. He should retire. I need say no more aside from the fact that I don't remeber the last time he right about anything and aside from the fact that he is as arrogant as you....good day!