An upset loss in the Florida Derby (gr. I) March 31 did not prevent Chadds Ford Stable's Union Rags from being the favorite in Churchill Downs' final Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool of 2012.
Dream of Summer, dam of grade I winner Creative Cause, gave birth to a gray filly by Eskendereya at Taylor Made Farm on the evening of March 28.
Do Daddy Nose Best and Went the Day Well both enter Steve's Derby Dozen for this week? Read to find out! watch video
Haskin's Derby Dozen shifts with Gemologist, Optimizer and Secret Circle this week. watch video
Creative Cause, Dullahan and Bodemeister shift this week's Derby Dozen. watch video
Evan Hammonds recaps the Tampa Bay Derby and San Felipe Stakes from the weekend. watch video
Creative Cause established himself as the favorite for the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) when he came from off the pace to defeat favored Bodemeister in the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. I) March 10 at Santa Anita.
Jason Shandler and Tom LaMarra handicap the Tampa Bay Derby and San Felipe Stakes. watch video
You could say that no race so far this year will weed out so many potentially serious Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders as the grade II San Felipe -- but that's not necessarily the case.
Though it experienced two substantial losses in the past few days, Santa Anita's field for the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) March 10 could still be the most competitive of the young 2012 Triple Crown season.
Mike Harrington admits it's not ideal, but the trainer has decided to run both of his Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hopefuls this weekend in the $300,000 San Felipe (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
A busy final day in the second betting pool of Churchill Downs' 2012 Kentucky Derby Future Wager ended with the "All Others" interest narrowly edging individual choice Union Rags to emerge as the pool's favorite.
Lenny and Steve talk about the Derby Trail, Dubai World Cup and an early HOY choice. watch video
A few horses move up in Steve's Dozen this week and a lot of new insight in Steve's notes for last week and horses knocking on the door. watch video
Lenny Shulman recaps the San Vicente and El Camino Real Derby from the weekend. Lenny highlights horses such as Creative Cause and Drill. watch video
Rebounding from four consecutive disappointing efforts, Drill won the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) by a desperate nose over a determined American Act Feb. 19 at Santa Anita. Creative Cause finished third at 1-2 odds.
West Coast star Creative Cause will take his first step toward a possible start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) when he heads a field of six in the $150,000 San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
Steve Haskin adds Fed Biz and Bodemeister from the Bob Baffert camp to his Derby Dozen. Steve also increases his guests knocking at the door. watch video
Bettors were pretty sure they didn't see this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner among the 23 individual choices in pool 1 of the 2012 Derby future wager, making the mutuel field the 3-2 choice.
Preparing for his 3-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II), early Triple Crown contender Creative Cause drilled six furlongs in a bullet 1:11 3/5 at Hollywood Park Feb. 12.
Norfolk Stakes (gr. I) winner Creative Cause, prepping for his expected 3-year-old debut in the upcoming San Vicente Stakes (gr. II), worked six furlongs handily on the Hollywood Park Cushion Track Feb. 4 in 1:13 4/5.
- By Steve Haskin
Creative Cause tops the first Derby Dozen of 2012. Presented by Shadwell Farm. read blog
- By Steve Haskin
Steve reveals his pedigree Derby Dozen. read blog
Hansen, a local horse coming off of pair of dominating wins at Turfway Park, desperately held off heavy favorite Union Rags to win a thriller in the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Nov. 5 at Churchill.
Bred grade I winner Dream of Summer and her grade I winner Creative Cause read blog
If Dream of Summer's regional pedigree is considered less than fashionable, her son Creative Cause proves that generations of solid runners can make a top racehorse.
Creative Cause, an unlucky loser in the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) last time out, turned the tables on favored Drill in the $250,000 Norfolk Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Oct. 1.
The fast-improving Drill, who jumped from the maiden ranks to win the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) in his most recent start, faces five rival juveniles in the $250,000 Norfolk Stakes (gr. I).
Bob Baffert-trained Drill wins a roughly run Del Mar Futurity over favored Creative Cause. His victory gave Baffert his 10th score in the Futurity since 1996.
Unbeaten graded stakes winners Majestic City and Creative Cause square off in the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) on closing day of the seaside track's 2011 season Sept. 7.
Odds-on choice Creative Cause staked his claim as Southern California's top juvenile colt when he galloped to a 1 3/4-length victory in the Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar Aug. 7.
Seven juvenile colts, led by a pair from the prolific Bob Baffert barn, look for a first stakes victory in the $150,000 Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar Aug. 7.
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