Despite being given a somewhat unfavorable post position, first lane, Creative Control is an overwhelming favorite among bookmakers at the 2012 Santa Anita Derby. Likewise, experts at SB Nation's horse racing blog, And Down the Stretch They Come, unanimously believe that he will take the top spot on the podium. The three-year-old colt may not be the favorite for next month's Kentucky Derby, but he'll be among the horses expected to win some money in the country's most famous race.
All three of the staff writers at ADTSTC think Creative Control will win. Here's what Jared L. Christopher had to say:
So far the races leading up to the 2012 Santa Anita Derby has shown one thing - Creative Cause is the most talented horse in the race. Even so, there are three important things to consider when handicapping this race. 1. He will be breaking from the #1 post, if the field collapses on him he will be forced to find a hole or go wide. 2. Trainer Mike Harrington is still tinkering with his gray colt. Creative Cause will run without blinkers for the first time in his career. Harrington is hoping the added vision will help his horse find another gear if he is challenged down the stretch. 3. Never count out a Bob Baffert horse at Santa Anita Park!
The smart money is on any other horse in the race -- a $2 bet would less than double your investment -- but the play might be on place or show for this one.
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