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Feb 17, 2012

Creative Cause heads San Vicente Stakes


Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - Creative Cause, third in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile, heads a field of six in Sunday's $150,000 San Vicente Stakes for three-year-olds at Santa Anita Park. The seven-furlong sprint marks the 2012 debut for the gray colt.

Trained by Mike Harrington, Creative Cause will be ridden by Joel Rosario from post two. The colt is owned by Heinz Steinmann and is a son of top sire Giant's Causeway.

"It looks like he could be a little fresh coming off a layoff, but he's a great horse and I love to ride him," Rosario noted. "His Breeders' Cup race was a good one. I was impressed with it. Maybe he's the right horse for the Derby, who knows?"

Creative Cause is the winner of three of five career starts highlighted by victories in the Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar and the Norfolk at Santa Anita. He has banked $521,000.

Norfolk Stakes runner-up Drill will break from Creative Cause's immediate outside with Martin Garcia riding for trainer Bob Baffert. The colt is another Baffert-trainee owned by Karl Watson, Paul Weitmann and Mike Pegram. Baffert sent out The Factor to win last year's San Vicente.

Drill will be making his second start of the year, coming off a fifth-place result as the 8-5 favorite in last month's San Pedro at Santa Anita. After winning in his second career start, the colt captured the Del Mar Futurity.

The son of Lawyer Ron was 10th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and again failed as the favorite in the Delta Downs Jackpot two weeks later. In December he was a disappointing ninth in the CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park.

Drill has the second most earnings behind Creative Cause in the race at $249,710 with eight career starts.

Here is the full field from the rail out: Let's Get Crackin, Victor Espinoza; Creative Cause, Joel Rosario; Drill, Martin Garcia; Smoking G, Corey Nakatani; American Act, Martin Pedroza and Captain Obvious, Mario Gutierrez.

Post-time for the San Vicente is set for 6:36 p.m. (et).

Sidney's Candy won the race two years ago prior to capturing the Santa Anita Derby.

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