BALTIMORE | Creative Cause stands out among most of the Preakness Stakes field, one of a couple of grays and the horse with one of the best chances to knock off Bodemeister and I’ll Have Another.
What he has to do to win the Preakness?
“Be faster,” his trainer, Mike Harrington, said.
That’s blunt and true. But it could take a solid trip from Joel Rosario and some early speed burning out the favorites to make it happen.
“It would be nice if somebody would soften up Bodemeiser, but I don’t know if that’s going to happen,” Harrington said. “Maybe a couple of these new shooters will go with him. Who knows? Maybe they’ll elect to take him back tomorrow. Anything can happen in a horse race.”
A slow pace would benefit Bodemeister and I’ll Have Another, while Creative Cause and Went the Day Well could catch up if it’s faster.
Harrington said Creative Cause looked “very good” Friday morning, and he hopes Pimlico treats his horse better than Churchill Downs did for the Kentucky Derby.
“It’s hard to tell. You can’t tell by galloping him,” Harrington said. “Really, you can’t tell till he runs on it. But I didn’t think he liked Churchill all that well. We’ll see how he likes this tomorrow, I guess.”
Creative Cause could run a fine race in Saturday’s Preakness and it might not be enough.
“I’ll Have Another could be the horse. You never know till after the race is over,” Harrington said. “That’s why they run them horse races. We don’t concede anything to anybody.”