10/12/2012 3:31PM

Santa Anita: Breeders' Cup Sprint next for Jimmy Creed


ARCADIA, Calif. – With a little luck, Jimmy Creed could have won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Oct. 6.

That was the impression that trainer Richard Mandella had of the six-furlong race and why he plans to start Jimmy Creed in the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint here on Nov. 3.

“I think with a different trip he could have won,” Mandella said.

Making his graded stakes debut, the 3-year-old Jimmy Creed finished three-quarters of a length behind race winner Coil.

Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Jimmy Creed was on the inside on the backstretch, racing in fourth-place in the field of seven before dropping back to fifth approaching the turn. He went around a rival on the turn and moved back to the inside for the stretch, closing well late.

“He went up inside and got in tight and hesitated for a bit,” Mandella said. “I’ll give him a chance in the Sprint.”

Owned by B. Wayne Hughes, Jimmy Creed has won 2 of 5 starts and $133,000. He was second by a nose to Fed Biz in the one-mile El Cajon Stakes for 3-year-olds at Del Mar on Aug. 31.

Strong Suit in Callaghan’s barn

Strong Suit, the winner of four stakes in England in 2010 and 2011, will join trainer Simon Callaghan’s stable later this month, Callaghan said earlier this week.

Owned by Pearl Bloodstock of Sheikh Fahad Al Thani of Qatar, Strong Suit is winless in five starts this year, the most recent of which was a fifth in the Group 2 Park Stakes at Doncaster, England, on Sept. 15.

Trained in England by Richard Hannon, Strong Suit won three stakes at 3 in 2011, including the Group 2 Challenge Stakes over seven furlongs at Newmarket. He was 10th in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs last fall.

Strong Suit, a 4-year-old Arkansas-bred colt by Rahy, is expected to arrive in Southern California on Oct. 27. Callaghan said that Strong Suit is unlikely to race for the rest of this year and will be pointed for the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting that begins on Dec. 26.

“He’s a very exciting recruit,” Callaghan said. “We’ve decided not to run him this year.”

Matriarch could next for Vionnet

Vionnet overcame a wide post to win her first start since March in an allowance race over a mile on turf on Thursday.

The victory could lead to a start in the $250,000 Matriarch Stakes over a mile on turf at Betfair Hollywood Park on Nov. 25 although trainer Mike Puye said on Friday that he would prefer an easier race.

“We’ll find some kind of a stakes for her,” Puype said. “I’m not sure what we’ll do. Maybe the Matriarch, but we’ll see.”

Another option could be the $150,000 Goldikova Stakes for fillies and mares over a mile on turf here on Nov. 4.

Owned by Ran Jan Racing, Vionnet ($5.20) rallied three-wide on the turn under Gomez to win Thursday’s race by 1 1-4 lengths over 7-1 Acenda. Vionnet started from the outside in a field of 10.

“She was impressive from an outside post,” Puype said. “She was wide on both turns.”

Second City pointed for Malibu

Second City, who suffered his first career defeat when 10th in the Grade 2 Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park on Oct. 13, will not start again this fall. Trainer Ben Cecil said that Second City will be pointed for the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes over seven furlongs on Dec. 26.

“We’ll give him a bit of a break and go for the Malibu,” Cecil said. “I still like him a lot.”

Second City won his first four starts, including the Grade 3 British Columbia Derby at Hastings Park, before being acquired by current owner Paul Reddam and moving to Cecil’s California stable.