INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 4, 2012)—Creative Cause, who earned his maiden win in his career debut last July 16 at Betfair Hollywood Park, drew the rail for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby Saturday at Santa Anita.
A Grade I for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles, the Derby is the sixth of 11 races. Post time is 12 Noon. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10:15 a.m. for simulcasts.
Owned by Heinz Steinmann and trained by Mike Harrington, Creative Cause has gone on to win three graded events since his 4 ¾ length win over Cushion Track going five furlongs on the next-to-last day of the 2011 Spring/Summer meet.
Prior to his victory in the Grade II San Felipe March 10 at Santa Anita, the son of Giant’s Causeway had won a pair of Grade I’s – the Best Pal last summer at Del Mar and the Norfolk in the fall at Santa Anita.
Never worse than third in his seven race career, Creative Cause has earned $719,000.
Drawn directly outside of Creative Cause is 2011 CashCall Futurity winner Liaison. A son of Indian Charlie owned by Arnold Zetcher, Liaison is one of three entered in the Derby by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. His other two entrants are Paynter, a first out winner by 4 ¼ lengths Feb. 18 and Blueskiesnrainbows.
The program also features two other graded stakes – the Grade III Providencia for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf and the Grade II Potrero Grande for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs. The Providencia is the eighth race and the Potrero Grande is the ninth.
From inside out, the field for the Santa Anita Derby: Creative Cause, Joel Rosario rides, 122 pounds; Liaison, Rafael Bejarano, 122; Holy Candy, Alonso Quinonez, 122; I’ll Have Another, Mario Gutierrez, 122; Longview Drive, Russell Baze, 122; Paynter, Martin Garcia, 122; Senor Rain, Eswan Flores, 122; Midnight Transfer, Mike Smith, 122; Blueskiesnrainbows, Joe Talamo, 122 and Brother Francis, Garrett Gomez, 122.
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