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Grading the Kentucky Derby 2012 Preps: San Vicente

Sunday’s Grade 2 San Vicente at Santa Anita marked the much anticipated return of Kentucky Derby 2012 hopeful Creative Cause but Drill spoiled the comeback party.

San Vicente Stakes (2-19-12): 94 BSF (Drill)

Drill horse

Drill got back on beam in San Vicente - photo by Eclipse Sportswire

The San Vicente was reduced to a compact field of four after scratches and American Act made the running with Drill tracking the pace. Creative Cause was wide in last but raced within striking range throughout.

It was basically a two-horse race throughout with Drill wearing down American Act. Creative Cause found his best stride late and Let’s Get Crackin completed the quartet.

Drill beat Creative Cause in the G1 Del Mar Futurity last summer but lost to that rival in the G1 Norfolk. He tailed off badly in four subsequent stakes starts but got back on the beam for the recently hot Martin Garcia/Bob Baffert team. I once considered Drill a Derby hopeful and it was nice to see him rebound but he seemingly has distance limitations and took advantage of a perfect situation on Sunday.

Creative Cause was the overwhelming favorite and probably should have captured the San Vicente even if he was not fully cranked. On the other hand, this extended sprint was just a starting point to his sophomore campaign and he was already is great shape on the Derby graded earnings list. He finished up well and galloped out strongly in a useful prep for bigger spring goals.

American Act ran well in his first start vs. winners for Jack Carava. He beat highly regarded Baffert runner Bodemeister in his maiden breaker and is on the upswing.

San Vicente Stakes Grade: C

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San Vicente Stakes 2012 Preview: Creative Cause Looms Large

G1 Norfolk hero Creative Cause, last seen landing the show in the G1 BC Juvenile, begins his road to Kentucky Derby 2012 in Sunday’s G2 San Vicente at Santa Anita Park.

Creative Cause

Creative Cause is the 3-5 San Vicente favorite - photo by Eclipse Sportswire

#2 Creative Cause (3-5) ran well in all five juvenile starts and makes his much anticipated return in this extended sprint. He captured the G1 Norfolk at Santa Anita Park last fall under today’s pilot Joel Rosario. The son of Giant’s Causeway is sitting pretty on the Derby graded earnings list and he has bigger fish to fry but seemingly does not meet much and figures to fire a big shot at miniscule odds.

#5 American Act (4-1) is an intriguing contender for Jack Carava. He beat impressive next out winner Bodemeister in a local sprint Jan 16 and might get brave if able to shake loose early under Martin Pedroza.

#1 Let’s Get Crackin (6-1) has been part of the Trifecta in all seven conventional dirt outings and was last seen landing the show in the local San Pedro Stakes. The obvious exotics threat projects a ground saving tactical trip (blinkers off).

#4 Smoking G (8-1) looked good in hillside maiden win Jan 28. The pace player sports a bullet for this and can contend for a placing if he handles conventional dirt.

#3 Drill (9-2) traded decisions with Creative Cause in the G1 Del Mar Futurity and G1 Norfolk but it has been all downhill since. He has flopped in his last four stakes outings and needs a sudden reversal of fortunes to compete here.

#6 Captain Obvious (15-1) showed ability on turf/synthetic in Ireland and finished 4th after a slow beginning when last seen in the Real Quiet Stakes. He dons the hood and attracts longshot jock Gutierrez but is not bred for dirt.

The Plays:

$10 to win #5

$16 Exacta 2-1

$8 Exacta 2-5

$2 Exacta 5-2

$1 Trifecta 4-5/2/1-4-5 ($4)