04/17/2012 2:45PM

Kentucky Derby: Creative Cause works at Hollywood Park in 'cheater blinkers'

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Creative Cause, Joel Rosario up, wins the San Felipe.

Creative Cause moved closer to a start in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs with a five-furlong workout at Hollywood Park on Tuesday.

Creative Cause, who won the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes in March and was second to I’ll Have Another in the Santa Anita Derby on April 7, worked five furlongs in 1:01.20.

“The track might be a little bit slow today,” trainer Mike Harrington said. “He didn’t need to do any more than he did.”

Creative Cause worked while wearing “cheater blinkers,” or blinkers that offer a small amount of restricted vision. Creative Cause raced without blinkers for the first time in the Santa Anita Derby, finishing second by a nose.

Owned by Heinz Steinmann, Creative Cause has won 4 of 8 starts and $869,000, including $836,000 in graded stakes. In his only previous start at Churchill Downs, Creative Cause was third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November, beaten a length by Hansen.

Harrington said on Tuesday that Creative Cause will work next Tuesday at Hollywood Park and on May 1 at Churchill Downs in advance of the Kentucky Derby on May 5. Harrington considers the 2012 Kentucky Derby to be an open race.

“I think you could flip-flop the top five,” he said. “I think any of the top 10 can win it. I think it’s going to be one of the better Derbys in a while. I think this is a contentious crop of 3-year-olds.”

◗ The season’s first juvenile race over two furlongs is the opening race on an eight-race program at Santa Anita on Thursday.

The race is for maidens entered for $100,000 claiming prices, and drew a field of nine. Trainer Eric Guillot starts Confederate Recon, a colt by Salute the Sarge who worked three furlongs in 35 seconds from the gate on April 15. The time was the fastest of 19 works at the distance.

Mooch J More than 1 year ago
“The track might be a little bit slow today,” trainer Mike Harrington said.- Ya, after being at Santa Anita the 210 freeway would seem a little slow.
mrm More than 1 year ago
I actually think taking the blinkers off for the SAD took just enough of the edge off for CC not to fire his best shot. Now they go back on for the big dance and he becomes a 100% focused beast.
jeff More than 1 year ago
I think the best horses by far were the 3yo's in california. you have to recognize union rags, but I heavily weigh Bode, CrCause, I'll Have's form heading to the Ky Derby.
Douglas More than 1 year ago
They normally Always look good racing on the West Coast : bring them East My Friend ................................... Just like the weather - changes fast . And to be honest - I dont have a clue . Just happens time and time again , just so weird . I realize , one of these years the West Cost will get LUCKY . But till then , ya just have to rolling the dice till they beat ya
Hal Lenox More than 1 year ago
I think Creative Cause has some mental , shall we say, concentration problems. This may dominate his potential to win the Derby and that has to be recognized. He is very ,very gifted, but this year's crop doesn't condone weakness of any kind. I look for a good run by one of the top 7 or 8 with strong concentration to win. This, of course with a top ride amongst the the herd and lots of racing luck.
Pat Lyons More than 1 year ago
the thing about creative cause ..is the horse has heart ..plane and simple .he was a nice two year old and didnt quit trying at all as a real classy three year old ..
Roger More than 1 year ago
I'll Have Another is the only horse on the derby trail that can get the derby distance. That's why he won the Santa Anita Derby over a horse that is only suited to a mile and a sixteenth. I predicted on this very forum before the race that he would beat CC for that reason. Now I'm saying he will not only win the Kentucky Derby but he will win it handily by several lengths for this same reason.
John Burton More than 1 year ago
I'LL HAVE ANOTHER looked like he wanted to win the race more than CC. And his jockey, Guittierez, gave him a class ride. Watch out! Could be the David that brings down this 138th running of the KDerby! - Dr. Max
Douglas More than 1 year ago
It didnt really matter to me that CREATIVE CAUSE ran 2nd - but for Brad Free to say that ILL HAVE ANOTHER was Todays Best Bet OVER ONE OF THIS YEARS KENTUCKY DERBY FAVORITES , A Colt That has run in nothing but Graded Stakes races , yet to finish off the board - Brad Free ( Had To Have Known ) ! I did agree with the comment about the Santa Anita Derby being a Two Colt race ............. I agreed . But to make a BOLD STATEMENT saying ILL HAVE ANOTHER is Todays Best Bet : THAT WAS JUST COLD
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Wow Doug, I do remember. Can't believe you're still upset. I,personally didn't thik CC could lose after the way he rebroke against Bode, But it was obvious he would have his hands full with IHA.He got beat on the square. Bounce? maybe. No disrespect was involved, Brad Free just called it as he saw it. Luckily different opinions exist in every race every day or there would be no racing. Move on . I'm sure tomorrow you will have an opinion someone else disagrees with. But that will be ok too. Best of luck to you
Douglas More than 1 year ago
I have known Brad Free for years . I really have great respect in Brad Free Wisdom . Though , Derby day , I met up with Brad Free and asked "WHY " he could talk up CREATIVE CAUSE all Spring in California , then on Derby day - Make ILL HAVE ANOTHER as His Best Bet ! Brad Free told me straight up because CREATIVE CAUSE didnt have to Win , and ILL HAVE ANOTHER has been on fire leading up into works and is just on fire ! Then he said , CREATIVE CAUSE will probably not run but 85% - 90% and ILL HAVE ANOTHER will be all out . So , I UNDERSTAND WHY . My Point Was Just ( BEST BET ) . Thanks for your reply . I am surprise You remember ! ENJOY THE KENTUCKY DERBY ............................... Am I Still Upset - That Made Me Laugh , Thankssss
Douglas More than 1 year ago
I was there for the Santa Anita Derby , if anyone can remember my comment : I Came Unglued with Analysis Brad Free at Santa Anita . As Good As CREATIVE CAUSE has performed on the West Coast , Brad Free really insulted CREATIVE CAUSE camp by making ILL HAVE ANOTHER ( Santa Anita Derby ) Todays Best Bet with ILL HAVE ANOTHER ! That race looked about as set up as if you ever seenone . Dramaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Virgin Queen More than 1 year ago
Doug take up doing jigsaw puzzles. your probably better suited 4 something like that instead of the high pressure game of handicapping the races. peace VQ
Douglas More than 1 year ago
Ha Ha Haaa , I was born and raised on a thoroughbred farm , so I highly dought pressure from this game is my problem . Sometimes I voice my opinion when I ought to just keep my opinion to myself . Ya cant please everyone - I realize that . That was about as bad as Mike Watchmaker talking up a storm about how good and highly rated GEMOLOGIST and BODEMEISTER he believes they are - and then with his predictions in the Wood Memorial and Arkansas Derby " Mike Watchmaker " picks against both and goes with others . I Do Not Normally Complain . When I was at the Santa Anita Derby , there wre many people there argueing about Brad Free out-right Best Bet Pick . Even though Brad Free was absolutely correct about te Exacta - My Point Was Well Spoken For . Your right though , Water Under The Bridge - Move On !
MoneyMarcus More than 1 year ago
Creative Cause looked like he wasn't trying to win. It was effortless and he still just missed. I don't know if Joel has the muscle or not or just didn't want to use the horse up but it looked really fishy that he wasn't out to win a race he should have won. A for talent. F for effort.