05/13/2012 2:48PM

2012 Preakness: Creative Cause displays more spunk during extended gallop

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Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Mike Harrington said he felt Creative Cause, shown exercising April 30 at Churchill Downs, showed the spark and enthusiasm he was missing in the days leading up to the Kentucky Derby when he was out for an extended gallop Sunday morning at Hollywood Park.

INGLEWOOD, Calif .- Creative Cause jogged and galloped more than two miles at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday morning, showing enthusiasm that trainer Mike Harrington said he lacked for a few days after a fifth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby on May 5.

“He was pretty much himself this morning,” Harrington said.

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Creative Cause’s revival has arrived just in time. He is scheduled to be flown to Baltimore early Wednesday for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.

Harrington brought Creative Cause back to California after the Kentucky Derby to train in familiar surroundings, a move he said he does not regret. For a few days at the end of last week, Harrington said that Creative Cause was “quiet.”

Even though he was pleased with Creative Cause’s effort on Sunday, Harrington admitted that another trans-continental plane flight this week could affect the colt’s performance in the Preakness Stakes.

“It’s always a concern,” he said. “I wasn’t too interested in going to Baltimore for two weeks. I thought he’d be happier here.

“I think he’s got his mojo back. If the flight takes it out of him, we’ll have to see.”

Owned by Heinz Steinmann, Creative Cause has won 4 of 9 starts and $408,000. An 11-1 shot in the Kentucky Derby, Creative Cause closed  from 10th in a field of 20 to finish three lengths behind I’ll Have Another. On the turn, Creative Cause was eight wide. He was as close as third with a furlong remaining, but was passed by two runners in the final furlong.

Creative Cause was jogged and galloped daily from Wednesday through Sunday. Sunday, he jogged 1 1/8 miles and galloped about 1 1/4 miles.

Harrington said that Creative Cause would be walked on Monday morning and before jogging and galloping on Tuesday.

 

Rob Beaudoin More than 1 year ago
I know why he was lethargic for a few days. He flew from Ca to Kentucky ran in a 20 horse field going 1 1/4 miles, then for reasons I can't explain was flown back to CA to train for a race in Maryland. So now he has to fly cross country for the 3rd time in 2weeks. Good Idea. You think this horse is lethargic now, wait til he finishes 6th beaten 8 or so lengths in Preakness. This horse lacks the punch needed at this point to win any of these TC races....This years Mucho Macho Man. He's already ran his races and now is being poorly managed.
mrm More than 1 year ago
A race horse stands in his stall for 23 hours every day. Do you really think a 5 hour plane ride will take anything out of him? Some horses just do better in familiar surroundings.
ART VANDALAY More than 1 year ago
creative cause was the best horse in the derby,but did not get the trip.baffert and o`neil had the juice working overtime.he will win the preakness.
Rob Beaudoin More than 1 year ago
You can't be serious. He had no punch through the lane. No possibility to win any of these TC races.
Rob Beaudoin More than 1 year ago
Plus the horse gets two worked up pre race and infront of a 100k in Baltimore it's not going to be pretty. NO BETTER THAN 3rd!!!
coocoolarue More than 1 year ago
Okay from 6th to no better than 3rd. Wishy washy much. Creative Cause had a foot absess one week prior to the Derby so he was an auto toss for me. The foot is better know and I think he will right there this time.
Dipak Roy More than 1 year ago
two horses i like are went the day well and zetterholm besides bodemeister ans i 'll have another.
Dipak Roy More than 1 year ago
Creative Cause having a great pedigree, is not worth to run in the vigourous competition in Preakness or Belmont stakes, he is a very moody and lazy horse, so i will take him out from my selections
Elijah Allison More than 1 year ago
take zetterholm outta your selections too!! he wont be in the money on race day, im going with bodey, hanson, ill have another and went the day well
JHart More than 1 year ago
Hanson is out Elijah...
Donna Straley More than 1 year ago
It's good to read that CC appears to be thriving now that he's back @ home. He seemed fine when he 1st got to CD, but for whatever reason he seemed to progressively deteriorate the longer he was there. I was pleasantly surprised that he held on for 5th & finished double-digit lengths of ahead of several highly regarded horses who had MUCH better weeks than he had.
Elijah Allison More than 1 year ago
he finished better than other horses because union rags and them other horses had bad rides and got boxed in, cc wont be in the money this week
Craig More than 1 year ago
Classic mistake by a SoCal local trainer who never ships out.Not gonna confuse Harrington for D.Wayne off the plane.Throw him out.
Del Donaker More than 1 year ago
Creative Cause was the key company line horse in the derby puzzle. He progressed the most among dirt horses that raced last year.
st More than 1 year ago
LA to Louisville back to LA to Baltimore within a months time.. The reason not to play Creative Cause on Preakness. Why not focus this horse on the Belmont, Of all the TC races , CC is suited best for the belmont
Arnie More than 1 year ago
I agree st. They should let him rest. He can still win some big races in the summer and fall.
Chris Jones More than 1 year ago
I agree with you questioning the LA to Louisville back to LA to Baltimore within a few weeks, but to say Creative Cause should focus on the Belmont is not so. This horse is a 1 1/8 horse that may be okay at 1 1/4 - he wants no part of 1 1/2
Tom Smith More than 1 year ago
I love Creative Cause but Harrington has no clue, what a shame.
Vicki Dwight More than 1 year ago
Is he still sore? Smart people who saw him train in Kentucky thought he wasn't right.
KeenelandCapper More than 1 year ago
he was beaten 3 lengths for all of it in derby unning 5th was nailed in last jumps by 2 horses or he would have got 3rd...he traveled farther than any horse in race(trakus) also got carried wide by liason and IHA pushed him out at top of stretch..so if he wasnt right or he was sore before derby you must really like him when he is right huh? many experts also talked up daddy knows best too...and he ran like he should have...