04/30/2012 9:31AM

Kentucky Derby workouts: Creative Cause, Mark Valeski, and Liaison late-morning workers at Churchill Downs

Barbara D. Livingston
Creative Cause worked a half-mile on Monday in 47.43.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Three prospective Kentucky Derby starters, including Santa Anita Derby runner-up Creative Cause, worked following the renovation break over a fast track Monday morning at Churchill Downs.  

Creative Cause jogged and visited the starting gate prior to breaking off at the half-mile pole and breezing four furlongs in 47.43, completing his final quarter in 23.21 under some pressure. He galloped out five-eighths in 1:01.32.

Mark Valeski was the first of the Derby trio to go, working five-eighths in 1:00.34. He posted fast early fractions of 23.45 and 34.81 before tiring some coming to the wire and galloping out six furlongs in 1:14 and change. He was followed immediately by Liaison, who went in company with Mile High Magic and worked five furlongs from the 4 1/2-furlong pole in 1:00.83 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.32.

Other Derby horses training after the break included Prospective, Dullahan, Santa Anita Derby winner I’ll Have Another, and Rousing Sermon. Trinniberg was expected to breeze three furlongs, but instead turned in only a modified open gallop through the stretch.


art More than 1 year ago
cc will pitch for the yankees
Michael Miner More than 1 year ago
CC will win the Derby. Daddy Nose Best will have his nose near the wire too.
Mike Lee More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has an issue with Creative Cause is a dope,all he does is show up every race...win or lose.Furthermore, he has competed in seven stakes races...four grade 1.His four losses are by a total of 3 lengths and a nose,including the Santa Anita derby and Breeder's Cup Juv....expect him to be in the trifecta with Bodemeister in the Derby with another horse like Daddy Nose Best,Dullahan or Take charge Indy.
Ange More than 1 year ago
A loss is a loss no matter if it's a nose, a head, a length or the entire home stretch.
Rick Berend More than 1 year ago
By that logic, Bobby Terry, Alydar and Seabiscuit were some of the biggest losers ever to disgrace a racetrack!
soto More than 1 year ago
Sounds like you're from California!
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
any idea why theres been no talk what so ever of daddy long legs.
Mike Lee More than 1 year ago
He's a quality horse,very overlooked...after winning the UAE Derby in Dubai,it's clear he can make the distance,his main issue is he ran poorly over the Churchill Downs dirt surface posting a 60 beyer in the Breeder's Cup Juvenile.Knowing that I think he's still a serious threat coming from off the pace!
soto More than 1 year ago
His trainer must really think he has a chance--he is not coming to Kentucky!
James P More than 1 year ago
East Coast / West Coast who cares. I WANT PONIES THAT CAN RUN!!!!!
Guy More than 1 year ago
To Ron Fox: You might want to look look up your facts fella...California horses ALL finished in the top 5 in 2005 and I could list many more that did much better than east coast horses since then...the facts work well...try them.
Lucas Konger More than 1 year ago
2005??? That was 7 years ago.....not knocking on CA horses just use some recent history if you want to make an argument.
Guy More than 1 year ago
Lookin At Lucky Pioneer of the Nile...there are plenty more...and Ron Fox said "history" in his comment...2005 is history Lucas...keep up please.
Matthew More than 1 year ago
Pioneer of the Nile should have been taken down to fourth...only the connections and lack of stones by stewards kept him up!
Ange More than 1 year ago
Creative Cause will continue to have issues, especially with 19 horses around him. People keep saying he doesn't like the whip? He doesn't like horses around him. That's what caused him to lose the SA Derby. Read his trainer's quote in the Blood Horse article: “He doesn’t like to be crowded,” said Harrington of Creative Cause. “In deep stretch (in the Santa Anita Derby), those horses were crowding him and then when the inside horse dropped off, he (Creative Cause) leveled off and actually came back on the winner. But when all three of them were head and head, he didn’t like it that much. He got smashed and annihilated at Del Mar in the (2011) Futurity (gr. I) and it’s affected him; he doesn’t like crowds, but obviously he’ll have to deal with it (in the Kentucky Derby)." He's his own worst enemy. They should leave the blinkers on him. Mind you, my pick is still I'll Have Another.
Rodney Dangerfield More than 1 year ago
Interesting, I wasn't aware of this. Thanks.
Brett Amand More than 1 year ago
David LaKari More than 1 year ago
My reasoning for liking CC is that all the other trainers seemed to leave California with Derby hopefuls number #1 for graded money and #2 they didn't want to tackle CC. When I see that scenerio and the fact all of the CA shippers run well when they left makes me think that CC is the real deal
Rick Berend More than 1 year ago
As long as he stays healthy, I have no doubt Creative Cause will be ready to roll. If 47 and 4 is good enough for Harrington, it's good enough for me. 'haters gonna hate' anyway. Go Cause!
Vin More than 1 year ago
Haters? What does that mean, people who like other horses?
Rick Berend More than 1 year ago
I don't place too much stock in flashy works. All I'm saying is I believe CC will be ready on Saturday. Anything more than that is reading too much.
Donna Straley More than 1 year ago
I just saw CC's work on HRTV. He looked great & worked very easily. I think some people just diss on CA horses on principle. They overlook the fact that CC has quite a nice race @ CD under his belt, already.
Ron Fox More than 1 year ago
Ca. horses have a history of poor performances in the Derby, I know from experience. CC is not any better than those sent in previous years. You have been informed.