12/26/2012 8:41PM

Santa Anita: Jimmy Creed gets the trip and the win in Malibu

Benoit & Associates
Jimmy Creed and Garrett Gomez edge Private Zone (right) in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes.

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.

Marty More than 1 year ago
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.
Marty More than 1 year ago
Albert, Just curious. What do you mean by "Hushion gives them more help"? Marty
Albert More than 1 year ago
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.
BrandonLayer More than 1 year ago
This info would have been very helpful BEFORE the race.
jay More than 1 year ago
I don't think The Lumber Guy losing had anything to do with the barn switch. As I posted before the race, horses that have run a hard race in the Breeders' Cup almost always need several races to regain their best form, especially if they come back in December. Same thing happened with My Miss Aurelia. I can almost guarantee that if The Lumber Guy had won the Sprint that he wouldn't have run in the Malibu. This was probably the sole decision of the owner. If you really believe that every time a horse improves or regresses it's because of drugs, why do you still play the horses? Horses are not machines, they have good days and bad days just like human athletes. Richard Mandella is a Hall of Fame trainer who has now won the Malibu five times, so saying that he has gone over to the dark side is just plain stupid and ignorant.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Or maybe it was the shadow roll he wore to keep less dirt from hitting his face....
mike More than 1 year ago
Sounds like you lost some money Al........all in the game bud!!! Maybe the horses have something to do with it and its not something the trainers did or didnt do...... Horses do have bad trips and bad days, ya know. Quit crying and find a new hobby if you dont like being right all the time lol......
John More than 1 year ago
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 ~
Marcus Semona More than 1 year ago
I completely agree with this and its why casinos are more popular
jay More than 1 year ago
Good post and I agree with everything you said. I have never been to Santa Anita so I can't comment on that track, but at Belmont and Aqueduct most of the long time tellers are gone and a lot of the ones that work there now are incredibly rude and incompetent. In addition to the horrible food, it just makes for an underwhelming experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't compare crowd to last year because yesterday was a work for most, last years 44k was on a holiday (Monday) . I was pleasantly surprised at the crowd with the cold weather and potential for residual rain. I believe the overall handle was up also
Jordan More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
Pedroza rode him perfectly. Had zero to do with rider the loss
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Totally agree. Pedroza did all he could. But I agree with the original comment that Private Zone could end up being one of the nation's best sprinters.
John More than 1 year ago
He is game, Ive bet him from the beginning. I had a big PICK 3 Breeders Cup day, and again, he just missed ! Ah well !
jay More than 1 year ago
This is the DRF comment section, not Betfair. Why don't you save your 50 bucks and bet it on the horse? You will probably get better odds.
Ian More than 1 year ago
I was thinking the same thing after his race on Breeders cup day when he contested the pace in 43 and change and still held for second. He has run twice since with the same result in the same pattern which is to fade late. Just like his trainer said, he just got beaten by a better horse but this is a very good horse.
B More than 1 year ago
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.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Trinni won convincingly when it counted most, unless 'B' stands for Beyer.
tom More than 1 year ago
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.
richard cowles More than 1 year ago
What horse does'nt like dirt in his face?
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
Most of hem
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Mr Drysdale is a good horseman. But like you say..turf. Also fillies. This horse is one of the best sprinters running. So when you refer to him as a Cali allowance horse you show a little ignorance. Same Jock, same surface,....maybe it was more of bad handling here for this race. Also, he was conditioned this month as a distance horse and trained at Hollywood I believe on cushion NOT DIRT! BAD TACTIC!
Ian More than 1 year ago
Neil Drrsdale has had great success as a trainer. But he has been not so tremendous the last couple of years. This has happened to so many trainers over the years. Many have made it to the Hall of Fame and now they are just an afterthought. Some believe that many of todays trainers are using something......... Nevertherless, The Lumber Guy is not a second tier NY bred come on. I'm from NY and I dont have too much respect for NY breds as it is but this horse has some ability.