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Breeders' Cup 2017

HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

Creative Cause Tips the Scales to Del Mar

Just over one minute and 26 sloppy seconds was all it took. As I watched Currency Swap wear down 68-1 shot Trinniberg through the final yards of yesterday’s Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes, my belief that the West is the coast with the most when it comes to the juvenile colts was strengthened. While I have yet to find a single juvenile colt on the East Coast that truly excites me for the future, things out here in beautiful Del Mar are quite different. While the Hopeful came up lacking, the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity looks like a race that could well produce a champion. The biggest reason I say that is a young gray/roan colt named Creative Cause.
The unbeaten youngster started his career in most impressive fashion on July 16 with a visually impressive maiden win at Hollywood Park.  Creative Cause won his career debut for trainer Mike Harrington at five furlongs that day by nearly five lengths and earned a huge Beyer of 98 for his effort.
He followed that up by jumping right into graded stakes company on August 7, and again proving too good for his competition. This time taking the 6 1/2-furlong, Grade 2 Best Pal with a powerful stretch run that saw him effortlessly hit the wire 1 ¾ lengths better than his nearest competition. The final time of 1:15.62 was the fastest Best Pal since Del Mar switched to a Polytrack surface in 2007, despite being not asked late by rider Rafael Bejarano.
[The Del Mar Futurity features a meeting between the top two horses on HRN's 2-Year-Old Rakings]
Well regarded for a long time, the unbeaten two-year-old colt is bred to be a good one. By one of the world’s top sires, Giant's Causeway, Creative Cause is a son of a grade 1 winning Siberian Summer mare named Dream of Summer, who earned more than $1.1 million during her racing career. A $130,000 yearling purchase at Keeneland last September, Creative Cause was bought privately this spring by owner Heinz Steinmann.
Displaying his continued development and his readiness for tomorrow’s $250,000 Futurity, Creative Cause dazzled onlookers with a strong six furlong workout on Friday. Under Bejarano, the 1:12.20 move should serve notice to his competition that he is strictly the one to beat on Wednesday, although there are several in here who may be capable of giving the morning line favorite a run for his money.
The clear second choice in the field is Majestic City who is undefeated in three starts, including two stakes wins at Hollywood Park in June and July. Others in the strong field that I have my eye on include a pair coming out of a key maiden race from earlier in the meet. First time starter Gun Boat was the narrow winner over Basmati that day, with Norm’s Passion finishing third. The latter came back to win a maiden impressively on Sunday, while the top two are both interesting contenders in the Futurity.
We will learn more tomorrow, but there is no doubt in my mind that Creative Cause is the most impressive juvenile colt I have seen so far in 2011. He is fast, but he has already proven he can rate. He’s bred to be any kind, and it looks like the 1 1/16 distance of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile should be well within his scope. I look forward to seeing him in person tomorrow at Del Mar, when I expect him to become a grade 1 winner. And as far as comparing the two marquee events for two-year-olds at Saratoga and Del Mar his year. The Futurity is a better race than the Hopeful, at least in 2011, and I expect Creative Cause will prove that it in fact, it is no comparison at all.


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Yes Laura, I was talking about the stakes race.
Brian, I though his maiden was on a dry track, or were you talking about run a stakes on a dry track? When I watched his maiden I was pretty impress, the complete oppisite type of style that he empolyed in the Saratoga Special.
Well ,I'll hope for Sunny and nice Weather for all of you out onthe west coast. May the Futurity be an enjoyable race,and hopefully Creative Cause wo't go off at 1-10. Since all that I've heard sounds really nice about him so far. sounds like the Breeders Cup will be worth looking forward to!
I think you're right about him. Good luck, Creative Cause!
if you get to many people in the same ban wagon its gonna tip over,you all create the cause
Hey Brian, I had the privilege of seeing Creative Cause in the paddock before the Best Pal stakes. You are in for a real treat. Talk about an imposing figure! But his demeanor is as gentle as a Giant (Causeway). Watching him stride out in the stretch all under his own intitiative was one if the most eye catching drives of the meet. Enjoy the view up close today. Hope you are finding a way to have a good time in Del Mar.
The Hopeful track condition and surface pretty much make that a toss for I'll Have Another, but I agree on having Union Rags as tops in the East ... still need to see him on a fast track though.
I agree Creative Cause looks tough on Wednesday, but I'll Have Another, who ran 2nd to Creative Cause in the Best Pal, ran up the track in the Hopeful. Granted it was a sloppy track at Saratoga. I'll lean toward Union Rags as my division leader. Just think how fast he is when he runs in a straight line? =) Although, I thought Alpha & Fire in Ice looked great breaking their maidens.
Well, I just adore the grays. Creative Cause is looking good, but I also like Fire in Ice a lot too. It's going to be a very interesting year-end; lots of fun match-ups.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, or ZATT for short, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as co-hosting the popular racing show, HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves as the President of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.


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