Horse: Creative Cause
Trainer: Mike Harrington
Pedigree: By Giant's Causeway out of a Siberian Summer mare (Dream of Summer)
Career Record: 8-4-2-2
Career Earnings: $869,000
Notable Races: G1-Santa Anita Derby (2nd); G2-San Felipe (1st); G2-San Vicente (3rd); G1-Breeders' Cup Juvenile (3rd); G1-Norfolk (1st); G1-Del Mar Futurity (3rd); G2-Best Pal (1st)
Can He Win The 2012 Kentucky Derby?:
It's hard to find a horse in this year's Kentucky Derby that has been as consistent as Creative Cause over a longer period of time. Creative Cause made his debut at Hollywood Park on July 16th of 2011, winning by over four lengths against an over-matched field of maidens at Hollywood Park. Since that time, he's won a Grade 1, two Grade 2s, and finished no worse than 3rd in any of his eight lifetime starts.
Creative Cause is sired by Giant's Causeway, the 2000 European Horse of the Year and the leading sire in North America in 2009 and 2010. The only concern on the pedigree is on the dam's side where the bloodlines are littered primarily with sprinters and milers. So far, Creative Cause hasn't displayed any serious problems with distance but there's always a bit of a mystery when a colt tries a mile and a quarter for the first time.
If you like to play the exacta, trifecta or superfecta on Derby day, Creative Cause is a horse that will be difficult to leave out of your tickets. He's consistent. He's well bred. And he's run well previously over the Churchill Downs main track. That's a good combination heading into the Derby.