03/11/2012 4:12PM

Santa Anita: Creative Cause, Bodemeister will meet again in Santa Anita Derby

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Creative Cause earned a 102 Beyer Speed Figure for his win in the San Felipe.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Creative Cause and Bodemeister, the one-two finishers in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita, are expected to meet again in the Grade 1, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, with the trainers of both colts saying that’s where they are headed.

“This horse will run back in the Santa Anita Derby,” said Mike Harrington, the trainer of Creative Cause.

Harrington said Empire Way, who finished ninth in the field of 10, would make his next start out of town.

“The other horse will go somewhere else,” Harrington said. “He’s got to win or run second in his next race to stay on the Derby trail.”

Bob Baffert said he expects Bodemeister, who had just two starts coming into the 1 1/16-mile San Felipe, to improve in his next start.

“I wasn’t real hard on him going into this,” Baffert said. “The next one is the most important, a mile and an eighth.”

Midnight Transfer, who finished third in the San Felipe, also could come back in the Santa Anita Derby, though trainer Carla Gaines will wait a little longer before deciding if that is the appropriate spot for the small colt, who looked exhausted right after being unsaddled.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i am going out on a limb with what i have been saying since the 1st of feb , i have yet to see a serious kentucky derby contender out of the baffert stable , i know - bash me for my statement , but i just dont see one that will be willing to go the distance well enough to compete with the likes of the colts that all ran in last years juvenile breeders cup . . . baffert is way behind with his awesome 3 yr old colts in conditioning them for the kentucky derby distance , come this fall in the breeders cup at santa anita - look out for the baffert stable then , baffert by then will be loaded with stars , but at this time - dont get all caught up into all these sprint stakes , mile stakes that baffert has been winning , that is so far fetched when you are looking ahead to the kentucky derby , neither of baffert colts will win in the rebel saturday at oaklawn park , at track that baffert has been on fire at shipping colts there
Wayne Haehner More than 1 year ago
everything points to Bodemeister to improving alot headed into SA Derby Harrington not known to go this far w 3yos-but he has a nice colt Baffert will win yet another SA Derby
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
keep dreamin my friend , i would be very worried about racing bodemeister in the santa anita derby , the san felipe stakes was about all he could task at this point in conditioning , and if he comes right back in the santa anita derby , i believe baffert even knows there is a 70% chance that bodemeister will bounce and run very strong once again up front thru-out 3/4 of the race , but when the jocks get to leaning on their mount for the stretch run - i see bodemeister throwing in the towel and finishing out of the top four spots , a bad performance , and very well could be another set back for another baffert awesome looking colt - i hope baffert gives bodemeister another route to go - not the santa anita derby - baffert has a tough call to make knowing this colt being named after theis son bode
Nick Gunritz More than 1 year ago
I'm surprised the Beyer came back so high, although I don't know how the track was playing on Saturday. However, neither of these horses impressed me visually, granted they probably weren't tweaked 100% for this. Both looked tired midstretch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
neither horse impressed you . . . you have got alot to learn about viewing a race and breaking it down , the san felipe stakes was a fabulous race for the top two in creative cause and the runner up bodemeister , though at one point creative cause has trouble in the stretch finding his right lead but gathered it in with 100 yards to go and prevaled , as bodemeister started to get tired in the last 70 yards as he started to drift out towards creative cause , beyer was a rapid solid 102 , and i dont believe creative cause was really asked that hard , once they reached the top of the stretch creative cause was already flying past bodemeister , so in reality - for creative cause - just a subperb prep - looking like a champ
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I read Harrington should wait for the Preakness with Creative Cause and that Creative cause should go to the turf my milk came out of my nose. Good one! Bodemeister got a great stalking trip too and has a chance to be the Derby winner. CC wasn't fully cranked for the San Felipe either. Empire Way ran his race in the Robert Lewis. He's got no chance to win the KY Derby. Forget about it.
Nick Gunritz More than 1 year ago
I would disagree with you about Empire Way, he deserves a chance outside of Santa Anita.
Ryan Soriano More than 1 year ago
Had Bodemeister had the seasoning under his belt, he's the winner hands down. Cause is nice, but it's a little late to be so green come mid March. Harrington is better off, sitting out the first Saturday in May and comming back in the Preakness. I don't blame him for wanting to try the Derby, but with 20 plus horses, he should needs everything to go right for him... He had a perfect trip and struggled to get past an inexperienced, more talented runner.... Tab the Cause for Turf.....
Keith More than 1 year ago
Jay: Mike Harrington's original plans announced some months ago were to separate Creative Cause and Empire Way in their campaigns, with Empire Way judged to be the best demeanored colt to ship. Somehow, perhaps after his strong rally on the Santa Anita speed favoring surface in the Robert Lewis, that wise decision went astray, and he was unwisely entered with Creative Cause in the San Filipe, putting Harrington now in a tight position to attend to graded earnings accumulation for the colt in a one race left proposition. The decision to send him into Saturday's race meant Rosario, regular rider on both colts, could only ride Creative Cause, of course, in both horses critical next to last KY Derby prep race. Hence, we got Brice Blanc up on Empire Way, who proceeded, as could be expected, to take the colt off his decidely strong game of being a stone cold closer by keeping him within 4 lengths early of a very good pace set by American Act thru the first half, thereby costing the horse any chance in the race, imo. Arkansas Derby would be a nice spot for Empire Way next, with its long stretch run, one million dollar purse structure and the ability to have a jock that knows how to bring a horse from the back of the pack, like Cliff Berry, perhaps, or if Najjaar should go wrong in the Rebel or in training, a master of the game in Calvin Borel. As low as a third place finish there might be enough to put him in the Derby picture. Keith L.