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Hollywood Park notes: Creative Cause won't start until Del Mar meet
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.
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..
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.
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 $$$ is what causes too many owners and trainers to 'chew 'em up and spit 'em out' in a never-ending greed quest. Team" Harrrington/Steinmann rarely, if ever, have breakdowns, so I'd hazard to say their cautious and conservative approach serves the much-lacking purpose of preserving the species by breeding only healthy stock so as not to pass on more fragility. I'd say that displays "uncommon sense"! As I said, shake the haters off Mike and keep doing what your doing. Forever a fan :)
"Emphasizes turf races" seems to me to be a euphemism for "is pretty thin." Little money and little status pretty much sums up the three year-old stakes program at Del Mar.
So...Just to make sure I understand how to grade trainers. High win % and you're a cheater. Do what's right by your horse and you're a bum. Shake them haters off, Mike. Good luck with CC at the beach!
I know everyone thinks the back half of the year for 3YO is all Bode, Rags, and Paynter, but I have to think there will be one or two others that come back strong - this might be one of those horses. I just feel like CC might come back a monster after a break for a bit.
more mismanagement by Harrington,,,Derbys and easy $$$ all over the country and this dumb chop wont ship... CC maybe best 3yo in the country if he had a decent trainer
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