Sunday, February 19, 2012

San Vicente Stakes Racing Roundup

Like a lot of folks, I’ve been waiting to see the 3-year-old debut of Creative Cause who will go to the starting gate today for trainer Mike Harrington as the 3-5 morning line favorite in the 7-furlong, $150,000 San Vicente Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park.

Creative Cause has been on my watch list since last summer and he was one of the young colts I profiled in my 2012 Kentucky Derby Outlook. Despite the three month break, I’m looking for him to run a good race and with two recent bullet work outs it looks like Harrington could have Creative Cause ready for a good run.

A win by Creative Cause would be great, however, the 7-furlongs may be too short for him coming off a layoff and it looks like his fiercest competition will come from the speedsters American Act (4-1) and Smoking G (8-1).

Both colts are recent maiden winners and are taking a big step up to graded-stakes competition. But if they repeat the form of their last race, they will be tough in the San Vicente.

American Act, trained by Jack Carava, comes into today’s race with a two-length maiden win over Bodemeister who later came back in his next race to break his maiden by nine lengths. Bodemeister is trained by Bob Baffert and I’m very interested in how well he progresses on the trail. If Bodemeister lives up to his breeding, he may have classic potential.

Trained by Peter Miller, Smoking G has been running mostly on the turf. But he’ll be tough to beat if he repeats the form of his last race when he broke his maiden and covered 6½-furlongs in a time of 1:12.24.

Since then, Smoking G has fired a bullet work out at Hollywood Park on February 12 and he could be primed to run another good race.

Of the six young horses entered in today’s race, Creative Cause is the one I believe may have some classic potential and time will only tell how well he performs on the trail to the Kentucky Derby.

Good luck with your picks today!

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