Creative Cause, recording his first workout since a nose second in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby April 7, completed five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 over the Cushion Track at Hollywood Park on Tuesday. It was the 16th-fastest of 37 works at the distance.
The Grade 1-winning colt was equipped with blinkers after racing without headgear for the first time in the Santa Anita Derby.
"The track was a bit slow today," trainer Mike Harrington told Daily Racing Form. "He didn't need to do any more than he did."
Creative Cause, who concluded his two-year-old season with a close third in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs, opened 2012 with a third in the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs. The gray son of Giant's Causeway has turned in a pair of top-class performances in advance of the May 5 Kentucky Derby, winning the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes by nearly a length over Bodemeister on March 10 before just missing against I'll Have Another in the April 7 Santa Anita Derby.
Harrington said Creative Cause will work next Tuesday at Hollywood Park and on May 1 at Churchill Downs. He considers the first leg of the Triple Crown to be a highly contentious affair.
"I think you could flip-flop the top five," the trainer said. "I think any one of 10 can win it. I think it's going to be one of the better Derbys in a while."