10/15/2012 2:26PM

Grade 1 winner Creative Cause to stand at Airdrie for $15,000


Creative Cause, a millionaire who won three stakes in California and was third in the Preakness Stakes in May, has been retired to stud at Airdrie Stud in Midway, Ky.

Campaigned by Heinz Steinmann, Creative Cause was sent to Kentucky last week, trainer Mike Harrington said.

He will stand for $15,000 in 2013, according to Bret Jones, who directs bloodstock services at Airdrie.

“He’s a Grade 1 millionaire by a Grade 1 millionaire out of a Grade 1 millionaire,” Jones said on Monday. “That’s a tough formula to beat.”

Creative Cause is by Giant’s Causeway out of Dream of Summer, a mare by Siberian Summer whose career was highlighted by a win in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park in 2005.

Bought privately at 2, Creative Cause won 4 of 10 starts and $1,039,000. His most prestigious win came in the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita in 2011.

Creative Cause was later third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs in 2011, and second in the Santa Anita Derby to eventual Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I’ll Have Another.

“We had a lot of fun with him,” Harrington said.

Creative Cause was fifth in the Kentucky Derby. The Preakness Stakes was his final start.

William Caple More than 1 year ago
He had a nice career, but when is racing going to take what the fans want to see under consideration? It's all about $$ and that makes sense, but not having these horses run for several years is a mistake (injuries of course are unavoidable). Fans like consistency and want to be able to follow a horse more more than 18 or so months. derbydeals.com
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
he was a nice horse and deserves a chance,but does it not say a lot about our breeders that we keep this horse and others like gemologist and export the best of that generation ill have another.i bet game on dude ends up in korea or japan and we keep some 3 yo who broke down after 2 races.last years top 3 yo looking at lucky is in australia as a shuttle stallion.
JDS0810 More than 1 year ago
Great horse!
Eric More than 1 year ago
Storm Cat continues to poison the Breed!
Mike Barker More than 1 year ago
Was a tough campaign for this horse, he was mishandled about as much as uncle mo...they were flying him every where and I think the night of the derby he was already in California.
PeterG More than 1 year ago
This horse was only 6 lengths from being a perfect 9-0 before he ran in the Preakness. (5 G1's, 3 G2's) He lost 3 Grade 1's by a length or less. Was only 3 lengths back in the Kentucky Derby Considering that and his bloodlines, 15K seems like a very reasonable price.
richard montgomery More than 1 year ago
The more you learn about the race business, the more you start to see the flaws in it. The folks that are lucky enough to have the money to run horses are indeed ruining the sport of kings. They cant see the forrest for the trees. James Toner says in another article, if hes a gelding you run him...yea run him till he's finished making money. Didn't geld, then off to the breeding shed to make money. They used breed for stamina and soundness, running (unbelievable now) three 4 mile heats every 30 minutes with the best two out of three declared the winner- that would probably kill a modern thoroughbred.
owenjamesja More than 1 year ago
what a disapointing end!
Kyri Freeman More than 1 year ago
15K for what? Why was this horse retired? Was he injured? Then there's Algorithms who showed promise, but was able to make only 3 starts. Then you look at the yearling sales and real horses like Einstein and Shakespeare hardly can get a mare! It just makes no sense.
jon g More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a nice horse