Grade I winner Creative Cause, one of the top performers of his generation at both 2 and 3, has been retired to stud duty at Brereton and Elizabeth Jones' Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky. Creative Cause will stand his first season for a fee of $15,000.
A son of Giant's Causeway and grade I winner and millionaire Dream of Summer, he retires with earnings of $1,039,000. Creative Cause raced in the colors of his owner, Heinz Steinmann, and was trained by Mike Harrington throughout his career.
As a 2-year-old in 2011, Creative Cause won his five-furlong debut at Hollywood Park by 4 3/4 lengths before going on to win both the Norfolk Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita and the Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar, a race in which he defeated eventual Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner I'll Have Another. He concluded his juvenile campaign with a third-place finish in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), beaten a length by subsequent champion Hansen. Creative Cause was an Eclipse Award finalist last year..