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Trainer Mike Harrington said Sunday that Heinz Steinmann’s Creative Cause will be shipped to Baltimore to race in the 137th edition of the Preakness Stakes (G1).

Harrington took Creative Cause back to California after his fifth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (G1), but the trainer said he expected to try the Preakness. After watching the Giant’s Causeway colt for a week, Harrington decided that he was ready for the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.

“At this point in time, I’m definitely coming,” Harrington said. “The only reason I wouldn’t come is if something went awry between now and Wednesday morning, when he gets on the airplane. As of now, we’re coming.”

Harrington sent Creative Cause out for a one-mile jog and then had the exercise rider pick up the pace with a two-minute lick for a mile on Sunday.

Creative Cause was a Grade 1 winner at two. He won the San Felipe Stakes (G2) this year before finishing second by a nose to I’ll Have Another in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) in his final prep for the Kentucky Derby. He was fifth behind winner Creative Cause in the first leg of the Triple Crown.

 

 

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