Cause took his first spin since last November around the Churchill Downs track on Sunday morning.
The Santa Anita Derby (G1) runner-up finished third behind Hansen and Union Rags in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) last November. He will get a chance to improve on that finish in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (G1).
According to Churchill Downs Communications, a shoe problem for Creative Cause delayed his first gallop following his arrival Saturday from Southern California. One of his shoes slipped a bit during Saturday’s flight and it had to be repaired before the colt could go out, leading to a post-9 a.m. gallop instead of the 8:30 a.m. time reserved for Derby and Oaks runners.
“He traveled beautifully,” trainer Mike Harrington said. When asked how happy he was with his colt’s performance, Harrington quipped, “You don’t see any tears, do you? He went very nice. He can be tough in his gallops, but he goes home…and shows up the next day to do it all over again.”
John Cisneros, regular exercise rider and assistant to Harrington, was all smiles after the exercise, saying, “He was looking around and acted like ‘Hey, I remember this place.’ That was good because it helped him relax.”
–Churchill Downs Communications contributed to this report.
Creative Cause/Reed Palmer photo
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