Trainer Mike Harrington said Creative Cause will not wear blinkers in the April 7 Santa Anita
“He got to wandering down the stretch and hasn’t been really focused,” Harrington said of Creative Cause, who won the March 10 San Felipe Stakes (gr. I) and ran third in the Feb. 19 San Vincente (gr. II). “He ran good in the (2011) Norfolk Stakes (gr. I), but there were no horses around him. Even in the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile, gr. I) he was wandering down the stretch.”
Creative Cause finished first and third, respectively in the Norfolk and BC Juvenile.
Harrington said the gray or roan colt, who worked a half-mile in :48 2/5 at
“He came out a little heavy for the San Vicente, but we wanted that,” Harirngton said of Creative Cause, who is owned by Heinz Steinmann and was bred in Kentucky by James Weigel. “He was going to have a long, arduous journey ahead and I didn’t want him going into his first start light.”
As for the Santa Anita Derby, Harrington said, “You always want to win, but we’re looking at the race as a steppingtone to the (Kentucky Derby). I don’t want him to leave his race trying to win the Santa Anita Derby.”
Creative Cause, who additionally won last year's Best Pal Stakes (gr. II), has an overall record of 4-1-2 from seven starts, for earnings of $719,000.
He will face Robert B. Lewis (gr. II) winner I'll Have Another in the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby, in addition to the Bob Baffert trio of Paynter , Liaison , and Blueskiesnrainbows ; Midnight Transfer, Longview Drive, Senor Rain, Brother Francis, and Baby Blake.