Trainer Mike Harrington sent his charge Creative Cause through his final Kentucky Derby drill on Monday morning at Churchill Downs.
The gray son of Giant’s Causeway worked a half mile in a brisk :47.80 with regular exercise eider John Cisneros aboard.
“It was perfect in my book. I wanted him to show he was on his game and he did it fairly easy,” Harrington told Churchill Downs Communications.
Cisneros also was satisfied with the work, saying, “He was gliding like he always does. When I asked him for a little more in the stretch, he came flying. I’m very happy. What made me even happier was Mike’s ‘Good job, John,’ when I came off the track.”
Harrington acknowledged the depth of the Derby field and added that he was hopeful of landing a post position in the 8-12 range. “My horse has to have a good trip,” the trainer said. “He’s a stalker and it’s important for the speed to show up. That stretches the field out so you aren’t six or seven wide when you make your move. This colt usually moves at the three-eighths pole, but I’d like to see him wait until the quarter pole.”
–Churchill Downs Publicity contributed to this report.
Creative Cause/Reed Palmer photo
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