Derby Deals News & Notes 10-16-2012
Frankel Tries To Finish His Career Unbeaten!
Creative Cause & Algorithms Retire; Frankel To Run Last Race On Saturday
Welcome to another segment of DerbyDeals.com “News & Notes” feature that provides you with tidbits about what is happening at the track, new developments surrounding the Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown racing, and information about Kentucky Derby tickets and ticket packages.
Creative Cause, an early contender for the 2012 Kentucky Derby has been retired to stud in Midway, Kentucky. Creative Cause was trained by Mike Harrington and is a son of Giant’s Causeway. The gray colt won four of his ten career starts, including a third place finish in the Preakness Stakes behind Union Rags and Bodemeister. Creative Cause won two graded stakes races, both coming at Santa Anita, in the Norfolk Stakes and the San Felipe Stakes. He also had a strong second place finish to I’ll Have Another in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby. In addition to the above, he finished third in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and was among the finalists for an Eclipse Award.
Bob Baffert worked out a few of his Breeders’ Cup horses this weekend in Santa Anita. Game On Dude is the early favorite in the mile and a quarter Breeders’ Cup Classic and worked five furlongs in just under a minute, running with Blueskiesandrainbows. Power Broker, winner of the Frontrunner stakes got a six furlong workout from the gate and is looking forward to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile for males. Also working over the weekend was Cotillion Stakes winner and undefeated filly, My Miss Aurelia, who is trained by Steve Asmussen.
British thoroughbred Frankel will put his unbeaten 13-0 record up this weekend in what will be his final race. The top rated race horse in the world is competing in the mile and a quarter Champion Stakes in Ascot. British racing analyst and handicapper Phil Smith has warned against fans expecting this race to be a sure thing for Frankel as French thoroughbred Cirrus Des Aigles, and the Irish-bred Nathaniel are high quality horses than are capable of putting the pressure on. After the race, Frankel will be retired to stud and is expected to be a tremendous earner in that capacity.
One time Kentucky Derby hopeful Algorithms has been retired according to the Paulick Report . The colt leaves racing with a perfect 3-0 record, with his biggest win coming in the Grade III Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park back in January. He was trained by Todd Pletcher and was expected to be one of the top three-year-olds in this year’s class, but a fracture in his front right leg sent him to rehab and when he finally took the track again in September, he aggravated the injury. Both Pletcher and owner Jack Wolf of Starlight Racing are optimistic about his future as a stud.
- Which Horse Will Be Three-Year-Old Of The Year For 2012?
2012 has been terribly harsh for the three-year-old division in American thoroughbred racing. What promised to be a solid class of horses in January has turned into mixed bag in September.