The article below first appeared earlier this week at Paulick Report.
No colt among this year’s juveniles has so far provoked as much speculation about the future as Creative Cause, winner of the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita.
The gray son of the Storm Cat stallion Giant’s Causeway and G1 winner Dream of Summer ran the 8.5 furlongs in 1:42.66 on Santa Anita’s new dirt course to defeat Drill by three and a quarter lengths. The victory was the third in four starts for Creative Cause, who had lost to Drill in the Del Mar Futurity after an eventful trip.
A couple of years ago, it appeared that Giant’s Causeway had the right horse with the right running style and pedigree, along with the required talent. That was Eskendereya, who showed high form but came unglued physically in the demanding preparation for the Kentucky Derby and subsequent classics.
Before that, Giant’s Causeway had First Samurai, perhaps the stallion’s fastest 2-year-old who won the Hopeful and Champagne in 2005. But he too fell victim to physical issues before reaching the classics the following year.
There is some ruggedness in both the dam and the overall family of Creative Cause that may prove invaluable for the gray colt. The colt’s dam is the G1 winner Dream of Summer, who won 10 of her 20 starts and earned nearly $1.2 million. Dream of Summer is one of the best offspring of her sire, the G1 winner Siberian Summer, who raced 32 times and earned more than a half-million dollars.
Unfortunately, Siberian Summer was a poor stallion, getting 13 stakes winners from 366 foals, which is right on the breed norms for production of stakes winners.
My Mary produced three stakes winners, including the best racer from this immediate family prior to Dream of Summer and Creative Cause in Somethingmerry (Somethingfabulous). Somethingmerry won a division of the G2 Palomar Handicap and the G3 Golden Poppy, as well as nearly a half-million dollars.
Creative Cause is the third foal and second winner from his dam, and Dream of Summer has a bay yearling filly by Distorted Humor who went through the sales ring at Keeneland September for $75,000, and the mare has a gray filly of 2011 by Tiznow.
King’s Equine was the lucky bidder for the Distorted Humor filly, who is now a half-sister to a G1 winner, and that filly will surely be featured in one of the premium auctions for 2-year-olds in training next year.
And if Creative Cause trains on as he promises, she will be of interest to everyone with a spare dollar.
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Another colt of considerable promise, Dabirsim, ended his juvenile season this weekend with an emphatic victory at Longchamp in the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere-Grand Criterium.
The black colt produced an excellent turn of foot to sweep past his rivals and prove to the world that he is the best French juvenile colt of the season. The son of the Sunday Silence stallion Hat Trick will be put aside until next year, when he will be pointed for the mile classics.
Hat Trick, a major winner during his racing career in Japan, stands at Walmac International in Lexington, and Dabirsim is from the stallion’s first crop of racers.