11/26/2014 5:36PM

Meadowlands: Creatine looks to conquer stacked TVG Trot field

Derick Giwner
Creatine will make his final start of the year this Saturday.

Very rarely in life is there a chance for a “do over” after something doesn’t go completely as planned. This week Creatine gets another chance after a solid third-place finish in the $500,000 Breeders Crown last Saturday at the Meadowlands. The occasion is the $500,000 TVG Trot final on Saturday with the four-year-old landing the pole position.

“I wouldn’t trade with anybody in the field,” said Bob Stewart, trainer of Creatine.

A winner in the Allerage Farms final at the Red Mile earlier this year over Sebastian K, Creatine is as sharp as any in the field of 10 that does not include Breeders Crown champion Commander Crowe.

“He raced great last week,” said Stewart. “Ron (driver Pierce) thought if he could have gotten out we could have won. You know nine times out of ten there’s a seam to get through. But these are great drivers and it didn’t happen.”

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Creatine, owned by Adam Bowden’s Diamond Creek Racing, has also captured the American-National among just 3 wins this year, but the trainer feels confident entering Saturday’s contest.

“He’s had a good week,” said Stewart.

That’s a good sign considering the tough trip that Creatine went in the Breeders Crown.

“It seems as if every big race he drew outside. He had to be used to the half in :54 last week. From the inside I’m confident that Ron can work out a trip,” said Stewart.

Creatine worked out his own trip in the Allerage Farm final at the Red Mile, leaving hard and then sitting in a good spot in the stretch where he trotted by Sebastian K.

The circumstances could be a bit different this Saturday with Sebastian K returning from a month away from the races for trainer Ake Svandstedt. Sebastian K enters the race having lost three of his last four contests, but there’s no reason to believe he won’t be sharp on Saturday. The eight-year-old landed post five in the field of 10.

The most intriguing entry in Saturday’s TVG final is Maven. Now with two starts for new trainer Jimmy Takter and new owners Herb Liverman, John Fielding, and Joyce McClelland, Maven enters the TVG off an impressive second-place finish to male rivals in the Breeders Crown. The mare had earlier in the year struggled to beat her own division, but since joining forces with Takter and company has been most impressive.

With leading driver Yannick Gingras in the sulky this week, the task may be more daunting considering Maven will have to start from post 10.

Maven will not be the lone mare in the field, with last year’s Horse of the Year Bee A Magician invited to the party after her conquest of the top mares in last Saturday’s Breeders Crown Mare Trot. The “Nifty” Norman-trained mare was handled perfectly by driver Brian Sears in that race, keeping the rail closed and limiting the progress of rival Classic Martine until the issue had been settled.

This week Bee A Magician faces a much tougher assignment but has post three. David Miller is listed to drive with regular pilot Brian Sears in France for the weekend.

The seven-year-old Wishing Stone looks for some redemption in the TVG with post two for trainer Ron Burke. The future stallion had luckless draws in both Breeders Crown elimination and final and never quite got into the hunt. With post two on Saturday, driver Matt Kakaley could have him in position for his patented stretch kick.

Market Share returns after a less than inspiring performance in the Breeders Crown. Yet the five-year-old may benefit from that trip having been off for four weeks prior to the race. Tim Tetrick guides the $3.5 million career earner from post six.

Intimidate and driver Scott Zeron (post seven) may be better placed this week after failing to gain contention in the Crown. The five-year-old, best remembered for his 2012 Breeders Crown sophomore victory, still has plenty of go and with the right kind of pace up front is always capable of the upset.

This will be the final start of the year for Creatine with Stewart and owner Bowden scheduled to discuss plans for 2015 after the race. “Adam has indicated that he’d really like to race this horse in Europe,” said Stewart, “But nothing has been decided as yet.”

The TVG Trot final goes as race 10 on the Meadowlands’ 13-race Saturday evening program and is the co-feature along with the $500,000 TVG Pace Final listed as race seven.

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