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Creative Cause Generates Buzz

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Mike Harrington-trained Creative Cause generated a lot of backstretch buzz with a 4 ¾-length victory in his racing debut on July 16 at Hollywood Park that received a 98 Beyer Speed Figure.

And because of it, the gray son of Giant’s Causeway he has been established as the 2-1 morning line favorite Sunday when he faces six rivals in the $150,000, Grade II Best Pal Stakes, a stepping stone to the Del Mar Futurity.

“I knew the horse could run, I just didn’t know he’d run that fast that soon,” Harrington said. “The thing was that whenever I worked him in company, whatever horse it was, he’d outwork them.

“He’s one of those horses that if he’s alone he doesn’t work at all, he just does what he has to. I had (Rafael) Bejarano work him by himself one day and Bejarano didn’t like him.”

Bejarano, the meet’s leading rider, will be up for the second time in the Best Pal.

Creative Cause, a son of Giant’s Causeway, was purchased for $135,000 at the Keeneland September sale last year. A private purchase by owner Heinz Steinmann, a client of Harrington’s for 16 years, was negotiated this spring prior to a tentatively scheduled appearance in a 2-year-old in training sale.

“We’re in no hurry with the horse,” Harrington said. “I didn’t even want to run him at Hollywood, but he was so ready I had to run him.

“I’m under no pressure from the owner to run him. We’re looking to having a good 3-year-old (for 2012).”



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Well muscled, the right style to get two turns too. The biggest question will end up being the dirt.
Well, it's way too early to make predictions about any of these 2 year olds. So many things can go wrong between now and "Churchill Downs 2012", but Creative Cause does look good!

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