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Breeders' Cup 2017

Creative Cause Takes San Felipe

Creative Cause retook the top spot among the California Derby contenders Saturday in the G2 San Felipe at Santa Anita.

The 1 1/16 mile race drew a field of 10, including two trainees from the hot Bob Baffert barn. Racing in a stalking position mid-pack, behind pacesetters American Act and Bodemeister, Creative Cause made his move under Joel Rosario coming off the turn. American Act faded, but Bodemeister held on through the stretch to get second. Midnight Transfer had an clear inside trip and threatened in deep stretch, but couldn't overtake the leaders. Liaison made a sharp mid-race move on the backstretch and closed for fourth. The final time was 1:41.84. 
“The race set up perfect today," said winning rider Joel Rosario. "There were a couple horses with speed up front, and when I saw that I just let him find his stride and go from there. My horse was a little green at the top of the lane, but I wanted to make sure that he didn’t wait for another horse to come beat him. He galloped out good after the wire which helps to show he may be the right horse for the Derby. That means a lot to me. I’m happy to get a chance to ride in it, and I want to win the race. Mike (Harrington) doesn’t say too much, but he’s really smart, and he’s done a really good job with this horse.”

Creative Cause was sent off the second choice, behind Bodemeister. He is trained by Mike Harrington for owner Heinz Steinman. The same owner/trainer combo sent out the highly-regarded Empire Way, who finished 9th.

The San Felipe is Creative Cause's first win of 2012, though he ran a solid 3rd in the San Vicente in February. He is sired by Giant's Causeway and looks to improve even more as the races stretch out. His probable next start is the G1 Santa Anita Derby before a run at the Kentucky Derby on May 5.


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Who could blame Creative Cause for having Del Mar Futurity flashbacks? He was almost mortally squished. Thank you for the insight about him, irishbrave.
I just watched the head-on replay again--when Bodemeister drifted out a bit, CC may have had a Futurity flashback :0. Happy to be able to leg out, too. I don't think he needs the whip either, and anybody who even looked heavy-handed with it would never be on him anyway. The hardest part of riding CC, I think, is getting him to STOP!
I don't think Creative Cause needs the whip. Just there for a dire emergency, but hopefully not necessary. Mr. Rosario must be thrilled to have him as his Derby mount.
I think it just surprised him--he's hardly felt it. Knowing him, it could even have been his way of telling Rosario to watch it ;P He may just enjoy the "elbow room".
What of the comments that CC shied from the whip? I wouldn't say to do without it completely. Any thoughts on that, irishbrave?
CC will only get stronger with added distance. Not worried about stretch antics.
Not a Bob Baffert fan...however Bodemeister scares the s*** out of me!!!...Will turn the tide on Creative Cause in SA Derby,then on to THE derby where no unraced two year old has won since the 19th century!!...with that said,it's a great bet that bode ain't gonna win the derby...but by belmont stakes day,with a little more experience,could run away with the race on the front end and see the winner's circle join his daddy empire maker on the looong list of belmont stakes winners!...would be the first unraced two year old since johren(WHO??) 1918 to win this race.
DRF reported 102 BSF for CC in San Felipe...http://www.drf.com/news/santa-anita-creative-cause-bodemeister-will-meet-again-santa-anita-derby
Perfect trip...A bit green down the lane, but ran down a good horse, nonetheless. Curious as to what speed fig the ?God's will award him with...
Very good comment,jp!
amazing that the top 3 horses that all have CD experience are U. Rags, C. Cause and Hansen with the Derby only 8 wks away. If these 3 can stay healthy and all win their next 3 races in Fla. Derby, SA Derby and Wood Memorial than a repeat of BC Juvenile with these 3 filling out the Tri is very possible. Something that has never happened before translating from BC Juvenile and Jumping 6 months to KY Derby. This time my pick would be CC on top. I did hit the tri on the BC Juvenile for $223 as well as a nice DD with St. Nicholas Abbey and Hansen in BC. Can't wait for El Padrino vs. Mark Valeski rematch in LA Derby. Gemologist will brush off the rust and try to take the Rebel which will be a strong field. He likes CD so this is a big race for him as he moves forward. Was very impressed with Bodemeister and will see how he handles 1 1/8 at SA Derby. IHA will also be up against it in SA derby by choosing to sit out these march preps. Fed Biz will need to win the Sunland derby, if he is healthy, to get much needed graded earnings. Sabercat, Castaway, Alpha, and My Adonis are on my KY derby radar. Looks like a strong crop of 3 yr. olds, hope all stay healthy for the next 8 wks. Even though it is probable there will be some of them leaving with some sort of injuries
The erratic path in the stretch is cause for concern.
  • alexrevers · Kinda like Sunday Silence???? This horse is taking an identical path to the Derby. Sprint in FEB, San Felipe, SA derby is all goes well. He's Legit · 2047 days ago
I agree about CC's drifting being a concern, but it's very fixable.
Deep stretch- CC was hitting another gear, this horse has more bottom - mile & 1/8, mile & 1/4 looks very doable. Icy, I also had the ex & tri-didn't bet the super, but fourth for Liaison isn't moving forward-IMO
That was a really tough race to handicap as the only horse I completely tossed was the 9. Very deep field. I thought the 2 and 3 would burn each other out but that bodemeister for only his 3rd start is a really nice horse to hold like that.
First time I've seen him run all out. I caught the tri and super because I liked the 4 in the mix and I really couldn't leave out the 2 comepletely,outside of that lost all my other bets because I used the 6/7 everywhere and bet the 6/7 box solid. I think I broke about even. Getting back to CC that's the best race I've seen him run and it seems to me this moves him forward enough to be a serious KD contender. These prep races are a crapshoot. Liaison was there to just get straightend out so I think he's still in the derby mix.
Yes! I was pulling for this guy all the way! Congrats to him!
Best 2yo male last year and moves back to the top where he belongs. In my "humble" lol opinion.

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