Derby Contenders

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Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
May 5 2012 138th Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands Churchill Downs I 1 1/4 5 REPLAY
Apr 7 2012 Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita Park I 1 1/8 Miles 2 REPLAY
Mar 10 2012 San Felipe Santa Anita Park II 1 1/16 Miles 1 REPLAY
Feb 19 2012 San Vicente Santa Anita Park II 7 Furlongs 3 REPLAY
Nov 5 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Churchill Downs I 1 1/16 Miles 3 REPLAY
Oct 1 2011 Norfolk Santa Anita Park I 1 1/16 Miles 1 REPLAY
Sep 7 2011 Del Mar Futurity Del Mar I 7 Furlongs (S) 3 REPLAY
Aug 7 2011 Best Pal Del Mar II 6 1/2 Furlongs (S) 1 REPLAY

Connections

Mike Harrington

Trainer

Mike Harrington began training in 1993 and is well known in the industry for his success in the training of young horses. He is easily recognized around the race track donning a large white cowboy hat. Horse racing was in his blood as his father and grandfather were also in the business .In 1996 Swiss Yodeler gave him his first Grade 1 win in the Hollywood Futurity and would go on to a lucrative career as a stallion.

Joel Rosario

Jockey

Joel Rosario enrolled in jockey school for six months in his native Dominican Republic and by the age of fourteen had his jockey’s license. He won his first Breeders’ Cup race in 2009 with Dancing in Silks. In 2013 he won The Kentucky Derby aboard Orb, won the Dubai World Cup aboard Animal Kingdom and set a Keeneland spring-meeting record with 38 winning rides. He made his first Kentucky Derby appearance in 2010 aboard Make Music for Me, finishing fourth. He other top mounts have included: Creative Cause, Acclimation, Blind Luck, Harmonious, Dakota Phone, Dubawi Heights, Twirling Candy and Zazu.

Heinz Steinmann

Owner

Heinz Steinmann began owning race horses in 1980 . Multiple graded stakes winner and prominent sire Swiss Yodeler whom he campaigned in 1996 has been his best horse to date . Mr. Steinmann is an accomplished Alpine skier and has been recognized as the man who brought skiing to California. His first introduction to horses was during World War II when he took care of them on a nearby farm.

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Pedigree

The son of two top performers with seven-figure bankrolls, Creative Cause is by European champion and leading international sire Giant's Causeway, and out of Grade 1-winning racemare Dream of Summer. He should have enough stamina to negotiate the classic distance.

Giant's Causeway, an unbeaten Group 1 winner at two, was hailed as an "Iron Horse" for his remarkable exploits at three. In a 2 1/2-month span over the summer of 2000, the son of Storm Cat battled to five straight Group 1 wins, from a mile up to 1 1/4 miles. His tenacious fighting spirit was again on display in his only dirt start, a near-miss to Tiznow in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. Amassing more than $3 million in earnings, he retired with a record of nine wins and four seconds from 13 starts.

At stud, Giant's Causeway has shown a similar range, siring high-caliber individuals effective over a variety of distances, on every kind of surface, around the globe. His leading dirt runners include Eskendereya, the hot favorite for the 2010 Kentucky Derby before his career-ending injury; Heatseeker, winner of the Santa Anita Handicap; Donn and Clark Handicap victor Giant Oak; and Delaware Handicap heroine Swift Temper. European classic winners Shamardal, Footstepsinthesand and Ghanaati, and American-based Aragorn, Red Giant and My Typhoon, are among his turf standouts.

Creative Cause's dam, $1.1 million-earner Dream of Summer, scored her biggest victory in the 1 1/16-mile Apple Blossom Handicap. She won a total of six stakes, including the A Gleam and Rancho Bernardo Handicaps at sprint distances, the Gardenia Handicap and consecutive runnings of the Cal Cup Matron. Beaten only a nose in the 2005 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap, she came back to finish second in that 1 1/8-mile event again the following year.

Dream of Summer, who compiled a mark of 20-10-4-3, has produced three foals of racing age. Her first, Taboo, won once sprinting on the turf, and her second, Master's Song, is winless so far.

Dream of Summer is the best performer sired by Siberian Summer, who landed the 1 1/4-mile Charles H. Strub Stakes. His other headliner, the classy mare Summer Wind Dancer, captured the Delaware 'Cap at that same distance. His daughters haven't made much of an impact as broodmares, so Creative Cause is the only significant runner out of a Siberian Summer mare.

Creative Cause's next two dams are by Breeders' Cup Classic winner Skywalker and turf marathoner Properantes, respectively. The female line hasn't been particularly notable, but much further back, it was responsible for two prominent stallions of the early 20th century, Voter and Celt.

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