06/12/2012 4:11PM

Hollywood Park notes: Creative Cause won't start until Del Mar meet

Benoit & Associates
Creative Cause, with Rafael Bejarano riding, wins the Best Pal at Del Mar.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Creative Cause, third in the Preakness Stakes in his last start on May 19, is in the midst of a vacation likely to last until Del Mar later this summer, trainer Mike Harrington said.

“I’m still going easy with him,” he said. “I’ll give him a little R and R.”

Owned by Heinz Steinmann, Creative Cause won the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes against Bodemeister at Santa Anita in March and was later second, by a nose, to I’ll Have Another in the Santa Anita Derby.

Creative Cause was fifth in the Kentucky Derby.

In the days after the Preakness Stakes, Harrington said the $150,000 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park on July 4 was a possibility, but he has backed away from that position. “He won’t run at Hollywood Park,” he said.

The stakes schedule for 3-year-olds at Del Mar emphasizes turf races, including the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap on Aug. 11 and the $300,000 Del Mar Derby on Sept. 2. Creative Cause is not eligible for the first turf stakes of that meeting for 3-year-olds, the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes on July 18, having earned more than $50,000 for winning the San Felipe.

“The turf is a possibility,” Harrington said. “He’s had a long campaign.”

Saturday, Harrington has starters in the $100,000 stakes for juveniles over 5 1/2 furlongs – Tilde in the Cinderella Stakes for fillies and Just Call Me Al in the Willard Proctor Stakes.

Just Call Me Al, by Redattore, won his debut on May 6 under jockey Rafael Bejarano. “The rider was certainly impressed by him,” Harrington said.

The Proctor is led by the maiden race winner Amarish, trained by Jeff Bonde.

Tilde, by Swiss Yodeler, won a maiden race over 4 1/2 furlongs in her career debut on May 20, leaving Harrington delighted with the way she rallied on the rail.

“She showed a lot of heart,” he said. “She came back on through a hole and won.”

The field will include the maiden race winners Awe Golly Molly, Awe’ Some Kitten, and Unusual Way.

Harrington has a prospect for later this summer with O Happy Gray, a filly who won her second start in a five-furlong maiden race last Saturday.

Flores getting diploma

Apprentice jockey Eswan Flores will miss Thursday’s program at Hollywood Park for an important personal day. He is graduating from high school.

Flores, 19, has taken correspondence courses in the last year as his riding commitments have increased. He finished his courses earlier this summer. The ceremony is Thursday afternoon.

“There are only two days you get to take off – your graduation day and the day you get married,” he said last weekend.

Kim Lee More than 1 year ago
conversation between Bodie Baffert Zayat and Paynter Zayat pz--I tell ya BB, as he went by---he winked at me!! I didn't like it one durn bit.... BB--so what's the big deal pz? pz--It was like he was sayin...."that's all ya got?"...Hell I was busy with Atigun till that varmit rolled by.. BB--Ahh..he ain't nuthin..I handled him back in Kentucky pz--he not the same when you met him BB! i'm tellin ya!!..JV on em now! BB--don't fret little bruddah...we gone take care of his kind----NOBODY! and I mean NOBODY winks at a Z....unless they family! pz--I heard a lot of rumors that he has "TURBO", but no one has ever seen it yet... but he sprouted some wings from his hooves when he went by me ,then they disappeared?! BB--well he gone need more than that to get by the likes of me...hell, I did battle with one of my nemeses and he needed a special blend of oats before it catched up with em pz--what ya mean BB? BB--Dem oats had a side effect to um...they made you do bad things to yourself..ya know pz--so what's the plan BB? BB--get yourself in shape and head up to saratoga...i'ma go to monmouth---that way no matter which way he go, the Z boy's be there...thing's gone be heatin up..
Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
While this was quite entertaining, I found it ignorant and disgusting as well. Again the references to DO supposedly cheating by doctoring his "oats" for IHA. Ridiculous. LOTS and I MEAN LOTS of trainers cook their oats for their horses one way or another. I worked with the racehorses and many trainers for many years and ran into this in some form in nearly every barn I worked in. It's a non-issue. Leaving that out, this was fun to read.
Kim Lee More than 1 year ago
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Funny post kim. Elizabeth lighten up. The Z boys are taking over. The Z boys haha.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Great good luck to Creative Cause at Del Mar. I believe Creative Cause is a very, very talented horse and, hopefully, he will be improving for the future. I'm sure the rest has been helpful. He ran courageous race in the Santa Anita Derby, and ran admirably in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. CC is still at the top of the great crop of 3 year olds that came out of California this year - I'll Have Another and Bodemeister among them - and CC is still at the top of the 3 year old crop of still-in-training horses, including Bode, Union Rags and Paynter. I like it that Mike Harrington is taking a cautious approach with Creative Cause. Creative Cause is flying under the radar, and few are talking about him, which is a mistake. CC gives great effort in every race and to ignore and underestimate him is not advisable.
Kim Lee More than 1 year ago
in the infamous words of Mr. T--I pity the fool that leaves CC out of the equation, definitely a major player considering the BC will be in his own yard--Will make some noise in the 2nd half of this season
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leaving aside IHA he has as good a shot as anybody.
Rick Berend More than 1 year ago
I bet CC in the Derby and Preakness, so I was relieved Mike chose to keep him home from NYC. Looking at Cause's PP's, the horse had only one layoff line. The prevailing thought seems to be t-bred breeding as a whole is in serious decline and I believe 'the need for speed' along with chasing the Almight Highest $$$ is what causes too many owners and trainers to 'chew 'em up and spit 'em out' in a never-ending greed quest. Team" Harrrington/Steinmann rarely, if ever, have breakdowns, so I'd hazard to say their cautious and conservative approach serves the much-lacking purpose of preserving the species by breeding only healthy stock so as not to pass on more fragility. I'd say that displays "uncommon sense"! As I said, shake the haters off Mike and keep doing what your doing. Forever a fan :)
ML-NJ More than 1 year ago
"Emphasizes turf races" seems to me to be a euphemism for "is pretty thin." Little money and little status pretty much sums up the three year-old stakes program at Del Mar.
Rick Berend More than 1 year ago
So...Just to make sure I understand how to grade trainers. High win % and you're a cheater. Do what's right by your horse and you're a bum. Shake them haters off, Mike. Good luck with CC at the beach!
KeenelandCapper More than 1 year ago
same trainer that sent his horse to lville from cali back to cali to balt in a 9 day span..he lacks common sense,,
Rick Berend More than 1 year ago
Of the three of us, I'd say Mike knows what's best for his horses.
jtart6 More than 1 year ago
I know everyone thinks the back half of the year for 3YO is all Bode, Rags, and Paynter, but I have to think there will be one or two others that come back strong - this might be one of those horses. I just feel like CC might come back a monster after a break for a bit.
t More than 1 year ago
and Atigun
jtart6 More than 1 year ago
Yeah, good one. I might be the only one that says this, but I really think Leparoux moved too soon on him - he should have won the race. Of course, he was my key horse in a few exactas and triples, so maybe I'm biased, but I've watched the replay several times. If JL waits for the top of the stretch to move, he makes it a three way photo.
John Boudreau More than 1 year ago
He was to Busy trying to Ride Union Rags trying to keep him Pinned on the Rail>> Leparoux is the WORST Big Race Rider in the Country>> PERIOD>> Good Luck
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
How about Liason and Hollendorfers colt Nonios.
Tom Smith More than 1 year ago
more mismanagement by Harrington,,,Derbys and easy $$$ all over the country and this dumb chop wont ship... CC maybe best 3yo in the country if he had a decent trainer
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Could've sworn CC was skipping the Preakness and going in the Belmont. Harrington screwed up a talented horse with his ego. This horse was at his peak in the San felipe, probably an easier race before the Derby, but hindsight is 20 20
t More than 1 year ago
Why they ran this horse in the Preakness is beyond me. (maybe they do the whole west/east coast junk that was played out at the Belmont would happen) Creative Cause would have crushed in the Belmont, The only horse that could have beat CC in the Belmont was IHA and he possibly could have been the TC spoiler horse I'm guessing if NYRA wasn't so screwed up, CC would have skipped the preakness and easily won the Belmont by 4 lengths. 2013 Dubai World Cup has to be on CC's radar, This horse will prove to be best in the world come March 2013
Greg Smith More than 1 year ago
Please oh please share your wisdom how it is NYRAs fault that CC ran in the Preakness. Cant wait to hear this hack job.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
To t, And ladies and gents, if there was a rabbit on the rail at Belmont then HE would have won the race.
t More than 1 year ago
CC didnt win the derby,,,wasn't going to race both preakness and belmont. Common Sense would say this horse should have been pointed to the Belmont but the owner/trainer went the preakness route,, Maybe it was to not deal with nyra although i have no cool inside information like all the DRF comments trollers claim to have, I was just stating a comment,, whats your take on CC, greg smith
Greg Smith More than 1 year ago
I am a fan, was a big fan leading up to the Derby but bailed after his seemingly bad week at Churchill. I thought it was a big mistake to run him in the Preakness especially after Harrington took his back to Cali. My only comment was the attack on NYRA, they have made mistakes but are being overly blamed it appears on various DRF areas. It was the State Racing and Wagering that implemented the detention barn and did so after the Preakness. That being said, I think CC would have a great chance in the Travers. Baffert wont run Bode a mile and a quarter again, Union Rags scares no one and the race is there for the taking but I dont think it is on Harringtons radar unfortunately.
t More than 1 year ago
Harrington Im guessing maybe just avoided NYRA and belmont because of all the drama of the past few months in NY. In the big picture NYRA does get too much blame in the DRF press I gotta think CC is totally pointed to BC / Dubai World Cup,, Del Mar will be the warm up