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Updated on 04/10/2012 3:30PM
Santa Anita Derby: I'll Have Another outgames Creative Cause by a nose after long stretch run
ARCADIA, Calif. – When trainer Doug O’Neill was going through a barren stretch in recent years, owner Paul Reddam never wavered from his corner. And though both O’Neill and Reddam could have reached out for a more prominent rider for their top 3-year-old I’ll Have Another, they stuck with Mario Gutierrez.
That loyalty was richly rewarded Saturday, when I’ll Have Another, under a savvy ride from Gutierrez, outbattled favored Creative Cause and won the Grade 1, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby by a nose, which set off a raucous celebration in the winner’s circle.
Reddam, who runs the lending company CashCall, had an office party at the track Saturday. Six buses were needed to transport everyone, and it seemed like every employee came to the winner’s circle.
“Everyone from the office that drinks, I can tell you that,” Reddam cracked.
They even had room in the winner’s circle for the horse, who got a crash course in what the atmosphere might be like at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, May 5.
I’ll Have Another ($10.20) was the widest of three horses heading to the wire, with Creative Cause between rivals and 42-1 shot Bluesskiesnrainbows, the early pacesetter, bravely fighting back along the rail. Bluesskiesnrainbows finished just a half-length behind Creative Cause.
Paynter was fourth and was followed, in order, by Brother Francis, Liaison, Midnight Transfer, Senor Rain, and Longview Drive. Holy Candy was scratched earlier in the day and will instead run next Saturday in the Grade 1, $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.
I’ll Have Another was timed in 1:47.88 for 1 1/8 miles on the fast main track. The win was his third in five starts. He is 2 for 2 this year, having won the Robert Lewis Stakes on Feb. 4 in his first race in five months.
“Indescribable, unbelievable,” said Gutierrez, who came here from Hastings Park in October. “The Kentucky Derby is every jockey’s dream. I’m no different.”
I’ll Have Another was keen the early part of the race, but Gutierrez was able to keep him just behind and to the outside of Blueskiesnrainbows through fractions of 23.11 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, 47.11 for a half-mile, and 1:11.14 for six furlongs. Creative Cause, who started from the rail, was midpack, near the rail.
As the field raced around the far turn, I’ll Have Another bid for the lead, but just then Creative Cause shot through inside under Joel Rosario. He then angled out for what proved to be a spirited stretch run, but I’ll Have Another held him off.
“He had a big kick at the end,” Gutierrez said.
Mike Harrington, who trains Creative Cause, said he had “no excuses.”
“He just got outrun today,” Harrington said.
Harrington took blinkers off Creative Cause for the first time for the Santa Anita Derby and said he would leave them off for the Kentucky Derby.
“I thought he ran great today,” Harrington said.
Both I’ll Have Another and Creative Cause will head to the Kentucky Derby. O’Neill said I’ll Have Another would depart for Churchill Downs “in the next week or so.”
Harrington said Creative Cause would leave California on April 28.
The announced attendance at Santa Anita was 33,166.
we may need a rider change for CC...
I'm curious why they said IHA won by a nose, I pulled up the photo finish pic and he clearly won by a head... http://www.santaanita.com/photo-finish Just sayin' Mario was the talk of the Hastings backstretch yesterday. The place will be going wild on Derby Day :)
Don't forget, IHA is coming off a long layoff. He'll get a lot out of this and from what I hear, he has plenty left in the tank. Lookout!!
I am very happy for the connections of I'll Have Another. This horse makes for a great story. Purchased for 11 grand as a yearling, and pinhooked for 35 grand as a 2YOIT. Reddam potentially could have cost himself a Derby start because he beefed up the Cash Call Fut. A jockey many haven't heard of from B.C. I am also happy that I have a future bet on IHA from pool 1, at 29-1. I am not happy about the prejudiced Beyers that have been handed out. If you compare the fractions and final times of IHA Lewis score, and Creative Cause's victory in the San Felipe, you will be more impressed by IHA, whose number was significantly lower. In the San Felipe, the splits were 22 4/5, 46 4/5, 1:11 1/5, and final time 1:41 4/5. In the Lewis, the first quarter was a fifth slower, but the rest were all quicker. 23, 46 3/5, 1:10 2/5, final 1:40 4/5. IHA made it to the 6F pole quicker, and came home quicker than CC. I know that some would assume that the track was playing faster in early February than early March, but it seems to me that the track was fast all winter, but a 96 vs. a 102 Beyer, when finishing a full second faster, seemed wrong. Fast forward to yesterday, both horses sizzled home, yet a 94 is handed out? One of the slowest Wood's gets a higher Beyer than one of the fastest running of the S.A. Derby. This just doesn't add up to me. Ah well, I won't be complaining if it results in a better price on IHA in a few Saturdays. Maybe that was Beyer's intention.
this horse cant win the derby ill have anthoer and CC was cockin his head joel did his best 2 put it straight CC still is the betta horse hope he and joel gets a outside post in derby post 12-16 with blinkers didnt like him without it
I dunno....I'm not partial this year but I had I'll Have Another yesterday and looking at the trips CC had a dream trip, saved ground most the way, cut the corner, got the jump on IHA who was in 3 path most of the way and couldn't beat him. CC usually has an excuse and this time there is none. have to see the figs for these guys and Gemologist plus AK Derby and Bluegrass One thing is for sure. West coast seems a notch above east cost this year. Union nag will probably still be the fav in the derby....lol
This race reminds me of the 97 Free house--Silver charm Santa Anita Derby. They brought that race to Kentucky and I hope I want another and Creative Cause bring this race to Kentucky. I will see it first hand. My only question is who is going to be the "captain Bodgit:? Anyone know where to find a video of that race? Come on 147 and 3 vs 150 and change.
The trip was good, but I'm not sure Rosario got the best out of CC in the stretch.
This will be the worst KD in a while...they have been getting worse by the year
Only a dummy would even consider thinking about taking Gutierrez off this horse BEFORE the SA Derby. Now you'd have to be a cowardly hater bowing to pundit pressure to do so. This kid can ride. Ask Joel Rosario.