Champion sire Giant’s Causeway added a new Grade I winner to his tally when exciting colt Creative Cause (2c Giant’s Causeway x Dream of Summer, by Siberian Summer) scored a resounding win in the Grade I Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita.
The Mike Harrington trained colt earned TDN Rising Star status with a facile debut win at Hollywood Park and has always looked a star in the making.
The dashing grey won easily at his second start in the Grade II Best Pal Stakes, before finishing an unlucky second to Drill in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity, turning the tables on that colt this time around to stamp himself as the best juvenile colt on the West Coast.
Creative Cause broke fast for Joel Rosario and sat outside the leader before cruising clear in the stretch to win the 1 and 1/16th mile contest by more than three lengths with Drill in second place.
“The race set up good and he did everything easy,” Rosario said. “He showed me that he was the best horse in the race. This was his first time going long. The horse on the front had an easy lead and I was just tracking him. When I asked him to go, he just took off. I don’t know how good he is, but he ran his best race today.”
Creative Cause pleased his trainer, who will now head the colt towards a start in the Grade I Breeders Cup Juvenile on November 5.
“He raced in a perfect position, when Joel asked him, he ran by them and drew off by many,” Harrington said. “So I’d have to think he’s the best horse on the West Coast, the best 2-year-old.”
A $135,000 Keeneland September Yearling purchase, Creative Cause has won three of four starts and is raced by Heinz Steinmann and is from Grade I Apple Blossom Handicap winner Dream of Summer.
Creative Cause is the 20th Grade I winner for reigning champion sire Giant’s Causeway.