Spendthrift Farm’s Jimmy Creed
, idle since winning the opening day
Grade I Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26, came back firing as the 6-5 favorite
in Saturday’s Grade II 6 ½ furlong Potrero Grande Stakes, winning by
three quarters of a length in 1:15.03 and providing the jockey, trainer
and owner triumvirate of Garrett Gomez, Richard Mandella and B. Wayne
Hughes their second graded stakes win of the afternoon. The trio had
won the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks two races earlier with favored
With a pair of scratches, the speedy multiple stakes winning
Comma to the Top broke from the rail and Jimmy Creed broke from the
outside post in a field of six. “Jimmy” applied enough early pressure
through fractions of 22.17 and 44.78, taking command midway around the
far turn and he went on to get six furlongs in 1:08.72.
“Richard just told me to let him get up on his feet and see what
happens,” said Gomez. “He didn’t want me to take too much away from
him so I didn’t, and he traveled beautifully…He actually made the lead
earlier than I wanted but when I told him ‘let’s go’ he put his head
down and his ears down and did what he was supposed to do.
“…He can get lazy when he makes the lead, so I have to keep him
focused…Today, when he saw the cameras as we crossed the finish he shied
away from them a bit. He’s a young horse, and he’s only getting
better. He has a bright future.”
Although he was 8-1 in the seven furlong Malibu, Jimmy Creed, a
4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Distorted Humor, was heavily favored
and returned $4.40, $2.80 and $2.40.
With the winner’s share of $90,000, Jimmy Creed increased his earnings to $403,000 and improved his career mark to 8-4-2-1.
“He had a perfect trip,” said Mandella. “He had a great post on
the outside this time and he broke good. It looked like it was meant
Hughes, who owns Spendthrift Farm, is hopeful the spring will bring more added money glory to Jimmy Creed.
“The horse is a good horse,” said Hughes. “I think we’re going to try the Met Mile (at Belmont Park, on May 27).”
Comma to the Top, the second choice with Edwin Maldonado at 2-1, finished a well-beaten fourth.
“I had an easy lead but he didn’t run his best race for some
reason,” said Maldonado. “It was a slow pace and the winner had a great
Unbridled’s Note, off at 7-2 with Corey Nakatani, finished well
to be second, 2 ¼ lengths in front of longshot Apriority and Martin
Unbridled’s Note paid $3.40 and $2.80.
Apriority, off at 11-1, paid $3.80 to show.