Grade 1-winning millionaire Creative Cause, last seen finishing third in the May 19 Preakness Stakes, has been retired and will begin his new career as a stallion at Airdrie Stud, it was announced Monday.
"I couldn't believe more strongly that Creative Cause is as good a stallion prospect as we've put in the Airdrie stallion barn," said Brereton Jones, owner of the Midway, Kentucky, establishment.
A son of champion and world-class sire Giant's Causeway, Creative Cause was produced by Grade 1 heroine Dream of Summer, an earner of $1,191,150.
Creative Cause ranked among the leaders of his crop. As a juvenile in 2011, he won the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes and Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes, defeating future Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another in the latter. The gray colt was also promoted to second in a roughly-run renewal of the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity, and he finished the season with a third-place effort in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
At three, Creative Cause bested Bodemeister in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes and missed on the head-bob to I'll Have Another in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. In addition to his third in the Preakness, he finished third in the Grade 2 San Vicente and fifth in the Kentucky Derby.
Creative Cause signs off with a record of 10-4-2-3, $1,039,000.
"He is the absolute total package," Jones said. "He's a Grade 1-winning millionaire, by a Grade 1-winning millionaire that's a perennial leading sire, and out of a Grade 1-winning millionaire that beat Ashado in the Apple Blossom.
"People may not realize this, but he literally beat every horse he ever ran against at least once, and he ran against every top horse in his generation including I'll Have Another, Bodemeister, Union Rags, Paynter, Hansen, Gemologist, Alpha and Dullahan.
"He had that great precocious speed but also trained on to be a top-class three-year-old and he's a gorgeous, 16:2, correct individual that was purchased by Becky Thomas as a yearling.
"We will be supporting him with the best mares we've ever sent an Airdrie stallion, including our Kentucky Oaks winner Proud Spell, her dam Pacific Spell, the dam of this year's Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can, Grade 1 winner No Such Word and our 11-year-old mare Don't Trick Her, who has already produced two U.S Grade 1 winners, just to name a few. We're all in on a horse that we believe has a limitless future."
Creative Cause's 2013 stud fee has been set at $15,000.