10/15/2012 1:26PM

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.