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Rosario Likes Creative Cause in San Vicente


Creative Cause will break from the No. 2 post position when he makes his 3-year-old debut Sunday in the Grade II, $150,000 San Vicente Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs. Joel Rosario feels the 3-5 favorite on Jon White’s morning line is ready for another solid performance, no matter the draw.


“I don’t think the post will be a problem,” said Rosario, who, with three more wins Friday, has opened a 42-33 lead over runner-up Rafael Bejarano in Santa Anita’s standings through 33 racing days. “He’s probably the best horse in the race so the post position shouldn’t matter.


“If he comes back running the way he did when he left, I think he’s going to be really tough, but no one knows until the race is run. It’s horse racing and no one knows what’s going to happen.”


Creative Cause, a gray son of Giant’s Causeway owned by Heinz Steinmann and trained by Mike Harrington, has not raced since finishing third by a length after a wide trip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5. Prior to that, he won the Grade I Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita by 3 ¼ lengths on Oct. 1. Rosario was aboard each time.


“Mike usually leaves strategy up to me,” Rosario said. “Even when I rode him before he never told me anything. Just ride him and do your thing and hopefully put him in the winner’s circle.”


The field for the San Vicente, race seven of nine: Let’s Get Crackin, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Creative Cause, Joel Rosario, 3-5; Drill, Martin Garcia, 9-2; Smoking G, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; American Act, Martin Pedroza, 4-1; and Captain Obvious, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1.



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