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Creative Cause for Concern in Juvenile Division after Best Pal (Video)

Following up a smashing debut victory with another impressive win in Sunday’s $150,000 Best Pal Stakes (Grade II) at Del Mar, Creative Cause has emerged as the top two-year-old in the country for trainer Mike Harrington and owner Heinz Steinmann.

After speeding to nearly a five-length wire-to-wire victory three weeks ago in his maiden breaking score at Hollywood Park that earned him a 98 Beyer, the grey/roan son of long-distance specialist Giant’s Causeway sat off the pace in his stakes debut before swinging out at the top of the stretch under Rafael Bejarano and cruising to nearly a two-length victory while stopping the clock just a few ticks off the six and half furlong track record in 1:15.3.

“That’s exactly where I wanted him. He ran exactly the race I wanted him to run,” said Harrington, who could breathe a sigh of relief after his colt was sent off as the 4-to-5 odds-on favorite. “I didn’t like it at all. I was a nervous wreck.”

Purchased as a yearling for $135,000 from the Keeneland September sale last year, Creative Cause is the first of three current two-year-olds to debut for connections that are best known for campaigning the California-bred Swiss Yodeler, who won the Best Pal in 1996, and his progeny.

“It’s really special because Mr. Steinmann stepped up and spent a lot of money for three really nice horses,” said Harrington. “I might have a couple of more that are better than this horse. We’re very excited.”

After breaking from the rail and setting the early pace, 6-to-1 third choice I’ll Have Another held on for the place while Mighty Monsoon closed from last to earn the show as the longest shot in the field at 14-to-1.

Bob Baffert’s duo of Brigand and Night Tide disappointed and had to settle for fourth and fifth respectively in the field of six.

If all goes well, the next step for Creative Cause is the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity (Grade I) run over seven furlongs on closing day September 7, a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I).

The Futurity is likely to produce a show down with previous division leader Majestic City, who is also undefeated and captured a pair of stakes at Hollywood Park, but could be the only time these two would meet for the foreseeable future.

Creative Cause is bred to go two turns while Majestic City will likely move forward in shorter races and point towards the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint.

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No doubt. And he should improve with the added distance.
Probably the best looking juvenile I have seen so far this year!

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