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Kentucky Derby workouts: Creative Cause, Mark Valeski, and Liaison late-morning workers at Churchill Downs
By Mike Welsch
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.
cc will pitch for the yankees
CC will win the Derby. Daddy Nose Best will have his nose near the wire too.
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.
any idea why theres been no talk what so ever of daddy long legs.
East Coast / West Coast who cares. I WANT PONIES THAT CAN RUN!!!!!
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.
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.
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
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!
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