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Santa Anita: Jimmy Creed gets the trip and the win in Malibu
ARCADIA, Calif. - Staying out of trouble – or specifically, racing in the clear – made Jimmy Creed a Grade 1 winner in the $301,000 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita on Wednesday.
Closing from fourth in a field of nine, Jimmy Creed ($19.20) raced wide to catch pacesetter Private Zone in the final furlong. He won the Malibu by three-quarters of a length, running seven furlongs in a quick 1:20.36.
The victory was the fifth career win in the Malibu for Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella, and came on the same day that his son Gary saddled Silentio to a victory in the Grade 2 Sir Beaufort Stakes for 3-year-olds on turf.
The Malibu was Jimmy Creed’s first start since a ninth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint here on Nov. 3. Mandella blamed the loss on Jimmy Creed racing behind horses and being hit with dirt early in the race. In recent weeks, Mandella altered Jimmy Creed’s training to make the colt more comfortable racing behind horses.
“The horse doesn’t like dirt in his face,” he said. “We’ve trained him behind horses and schooled him as much as we could. He’s given us the feeling that he’s a good horse.”
Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Jimmy Creed trailed Private Zone by 1 1/2 lengths on the backstretch, while racing on the inside. Gomez guided Jimmy Creed outside of runners in early stretch and got an immediate response to pull closer to the front. Jimmy Creed trailed Private Zone by a length with a furlong to go, but took the lead in the last sixteenth.
Private Zone, a 15-1 outsider, finished 2 1/4 lengths in front of Unbridled’s Note, who was followed by Drill, Guilt Trip, Fed Biz, The Lumber Guy, Politicallycorrect and Basmati.
The Lumber Guy, second in the BC Sprint, was the 4-5 favorite. He was second to Private Zone on the backstretch in the Malibu, but faded in the final furlong.
“I couldn’t have asked for any better,” jockey John Velazquez said of his trip aboard The Lumber Guy. “When I let him have his head, he came up with no run at all.”
Private Zone, who has finished second or third in four consecutive starts, ran arguably the best race of his career. He set a fast early pace of 22.74 and 44.77 seconds.
“He just got beat by a better horse,” trainer Doug O’Neill said. “They flew around there.”
Jimmy Creed is owned by breeder B. Wayne Hughes, the owner of Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky. The colt is by Distorted Humor out of Hookedonthefeelin, who won five stakes, including the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes here in 2009.
Jimmy Creed has won 3 of 7 starts and $313,000.
And to the claim that Drysdale is "twice the trainer than Hushion", I would suggest that you focus on the following stats from the period 2010-2012: Starts: Drysdale: 467 Hushion: 538 Wins: Drysdale: 63 Hushion: 146 Win Pct: Drysdale: 13% Hushion: 27% ITM Pct: Drysdale: 39.5% Hushion: 55% Purses: Drysdale: 4.3mil Hushion: 7.1mil Drysdale has had a commendable career but it's unfair to diminish Hushion's accomplishments.
Albert, Just curious. What do you mean by "Hushion gives them more help"? Marty
The most predictable thing in this race was The Lumber Guy not running at all after the barn switch. Drysdale is twice the trainer than Hushion, but Hushion gives them more help. The next most predictable thing was a big run from Private Zone, who had much bigger numbers than most in the field. As usualy he ran out of gas. Give him to Hushion and watch what happens. Or better yet, give him to Mandella who seems to me to have gone over to the dark side. Jimmy Creed not only ran the best number of his life, but he improved sooooo much from his previous best that I am not surprised that the trainer didn't even break a smile in the winners circle. Yeah, I trained him to take dirt in the face, which explains that explosive move. Right.
Opening Day 27,000 + indication that racing is slowly sliding down the escalator ! Too much take out(%24 exotics), the cost just to get into the track are rediculous, parking, Racing Form and entry are $25 ! Then you have to deal with a $6 hot dog, a $7 beer(watered down) and bottled water at $4 ! I guess the "suits" will never wise up, you cant gouge the public forever ! Say Bye Bye ~
Jimmy Creed has exhibited class from the beginning. I was really high on him after seeing him break his maiden. The 6 furlongs of the BC Sprint and Ancient Title were probably a little sharp for Creed. 7 furlongs to a mile would seem to be his wheelhouse. The qustion now is, what does Mandella do with him? He could follow what The Factor did and come back in the San Carlos at 7 furlongs. Logical races after that would be the Carter or Churchill Cap, both also at 7, and then the Met Mile. The 7 furlong gr.1 Triple Bend makes sense after that and then either the Bing Crosby at 6 or the Forego at 7. He likely won't make all these races, but those are the options. Do they try to stretch him out to 2 turns again with an eye on the BC dirt Mile?
I'm starting to think that Private Zone, will be the best sprinter in the country. How about we get T. Baze, on him... This horse will put all other front runners away and finishes. I will be 50 bucks that he wins his next race any takers?
The worst thing about this race is that now the not so great & inconsistent Trinniberg will win the Eclipse. A surprisingly disappointing division this year.
the lumber guy bounced simple as that the horse won the vosbugh off a layoff and followed that by a second place finish in the breeders cup sprint. he''l come back met mile here we go.
What horse does'nt like dirt in his face?
Neil Drysdale, is a great patient trainer. Never has had a top sprinter in his career. More of a Long Distance Turf Trainer. I thought it was weird that they would give him this second tier horse a NY bred also. I think he might have trouble winning an Allowance race in Cali!
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