Creative Cause and I’ll Have Another, the 1-2 finishers in Sunday’s Best Pal
Stakes, have recovered well since the race and are being pointed to the
$250,000, Grade I Del Mar Futurity on closing day, September 7.
Harrington said that Creative Cause, a 1 ¾-length winner in 1:15.62 for
6 ½ furlongs – the fastest running of the race since Del Mar switched
to Polytrack in 2007 – came out of the race “great.”
Cause, who was given an ultra-impressive 98 Beyer Speed Figure off his
debut win at Hollywood Park, was accorded an 88 for the Best Pal,
“We were a little disappointed because we thought
that was a pretty fast race,” Harrington said. “But we got the money
and that’s what counts.”
Doug O’Neill-trained I’ll Have Another also exited the race well.
pretty happy with the race he ran,” said O’Neill assistant Leandro
Mora. “But we’re going to have to come up with a different plan if that
winner keeps running the way he did.”
Another Futurity candidate,
Hollywood Juvenile winner Majestic City, worked five furlongs on Monday
in 1:01.60 for trainer Peter Miller.