Creative Cause works 4 furlongs in 47.80 at ChurchillApr 30th, 2012 | By TrackSide View | Category: Articles
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Trainer Mike Harrington was super-talkative Monday morning after his Santa Anita Derby (GI) runner-up Creative Cause worked a half-mile in a smart :47.80 with regular exercise rider John Cisneros aboard.
Harrington wrapped up his thoughts on the work with, “It was perfect in my book. I wanted him to show he was on his game and he did it fairly easy.”
Cisneros was equally satisfied with the work, saying, “He was gliding like he always does. When I asked him for a little more in the stretch, he came flying. I’m very happy. What made me even happier was Mike’s ‘Good job, John,’ when I came off the track.”
Cisneros said the work included a trip to the gate, where the roan son of Giant’s Causeway stood for a bit and then walked out, all to the satisfaction of the rider.
Harrington, ever cautious in spite of the tone of the day, said the Derby field is very deep and has at least 10 horses that could be favored. He added that he was hopeful of landing a post position in the 8-12 range. “My horse has to have a good trip,” the trainer said. “He’s a stalker and it’s important for the speed to show up. That stretches the field out so you aren’t six or seven wide when you make your move.
“This colt usually moves at the three-eighths pole, but I’d like to see him wait until the quarter pole.”
Reed Palmer photography/Churchill Downs
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) contender Creative Cause, winner of the Robert B. Lewis (GII) and runner-up in the Santa Anita Derby (GI), worked four furlongs in :47.80 over a fast track at Churchill Downs Tuesday in his final major tune-up for Saturday’s “Run for the Roses.” The son of Giant’s Causeway is trained by 71-year-old Mike Harrington, who will saddle his first Kentucky Derby starter.