Idle since winning the Grade I, seven furlong Malibu Stakes on
opening day, Dec. 26, Jimmy Creed
will break from the outside in
Saturday’s Grade II, $150,000 Potrero Grande Stakes for older horses at 6
½ furlongs—a race which has attracted a field of eight hard-hitting
Trained by Richard Mandella, Jimmy Creed won the Malibu at odds
of 8-1 by three quarters of a length and earned a Beyer Speed figure of
105, his third lifetime Beyer of 100 or better.
Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, the 4-year-old colt
by Distorted Humor has had six works since opening day, his most recent a
bullet half mile at Santa Anita on April 1 of 46 flat, best of 31 at
Jimmy Creed will again get the services of Garrett Gomez, who
has been aboard in his last six starts, winning half of them. With
three wins, two seconds and one third from seven starts, “Jimmy” has
earnings of $313,000.
Any speculation regarding an early Potrero Grande pace scenario
would have to begin with the Peter Miller-trained Comma to the Top, who
ran a sensational third in the seven furlong Grade II San Carlos Stakes
on Feb. 23, and followed that up a week later with a gate to wire, nose
victory in the six furlong Grade III Tom Fool Stakes on March 2 at
A $22,000 purchase as an unraced 2-year-old, the 5-year-old
Florida-bred gelding by Bwana Charlie is lightning quick from the gate
and intensely game in the drive. Owned by Barber, Birnbaum &
Tsujihara, Comma to the Top has an overall record of 28-12-2-2 and
earnings of $1,180,696.
He’ll be reunited in the Potrero Grande with Edwin Maldonado,
who had ridden him in his three starts at Santa Anita prior to the
excursion to Aqueduct.
Two-time national Eclipse Champion Trainer Steve Asmussen will
send out Unbridled’s Note, who was third, beaten three lengths by Jimmy
Creed in the Malibu and who comes off a nose win going 6 ½ furlongs down
Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in the Joe Hernandez Stakes on Feb.
23. The Hernandez victory netted the son of Unbrided’s Song a
career-best 104 Beyer.
Owned by Mike McCarty, Unbridled’s Note was second, beaten a
half length in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Nov. 3, and was a
winner of the Grade III Eddie D Stakes down the hill on Sept. 28. He
has earnings of $457,581 from an overall mark of 10-4-1-3.
Trainer Mike Mitchell will send out top sprinter Camp Victory,
who has been idle since running poorly in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
Owned by Featherston or Jacobsen or Miller and partners, Camp Victory
won the Grade I seven furlong Triple Bend Handicap at seven furlongs on
June 30. He has three consecutive bullet works for his return, his most
recent a five furlong drill in 58.80 on March 30, best of 53 at the
Camp Victory has earnings of $547,986 from an overall mark of 26-8-3-3.
The complete field for the Grade II Potrero Grande Stakes, to be
run as the seventh on an 11-race card Saturday, with jockeys and
weights in post position order: Italian Rules, Kevin Krigger, 118;
Comma to the Top, Edwin Maldonado, 120; Camp Victory, Rafael Bejarano,
120; Second City, Mario Gutierrez, 118; Haverhill, Joe Talamo, 118;
Unbridled’s Note, Corey Nakatani, 118; Apriority, Martin Garcia, 118,
and Jimmy Creed, Garrett Gomez, 123.