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JIMMY CREED, IDLE SINCE MALIBU, IMPRESSIVE IN GRADE II POTRERO GRANDE; GOMEZ, MANDELLA & HUGHES TEAM FOR SECOND GRADED STAKES WIN
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 6, 2013)—Spendthrift Farm’s Jimmy Creed, idle since winning the opening day Grade I Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26, came back firing as the 6-5 favorite in Saturday’s Grade II 6 ½ furlong Potrero Grande Stakes, winning by three quarters of a length in 1:15.03 and providing the jockey, trainer and owner triumvirate of Garrett Gomez, Richard Mandella and B. Wayne Hughes their second graded stakes win of the afternoon. The trio had won the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks two races earlier with favored Beholder.
With a pair of scratches, the speedy multiple stakes winning Comma to the Top broke from the rail and Jimmy Creed broke from the outside post in a field of six. “Jimmy” applied enough early pressure through fractions of 22.17 and 44.78, taking command midway around the far turn and he went on to get six furlongs in 1:08.72.
“Richard just told me to let him get up on his feet and see what happens,” said Gomez. “He didn’t want me to take too much away from him so I didn’t, and he traveled beautifully…He actually made the lead earlier than I wanted but when I told him ‘let’s go’ he put his head down and his ears down and did what he was supposed to do.
“…He can get lazy when he makes the lead, so I have to keep him focused…Today, when he saw the cameras as we crossed the finish he shied away from them a bit. He’s a young horse, and he’s only getting better. He has a bright future.”
Although he was 8-1 in the seven furlong Malibu, Jimmy Creed, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Distorted Humor, was heavily favored and returned $4.40, $2.80 and $2.40.
With the winner’s share of $90,000, Jimmy Creed increased his earnings to $403,000 and improved his career mark to 8-4-2-1.
“He had a perfect trip,” said Mandella. “He had a great post on the outside this time and he broke good. It looked like it was meant to be.”
Hughes, who owns Spendthrift Farm, is hopeful the spring will bring more added money glory to Jimmy Creed.
“The horse is a good horse,” said Hughes. “I think we’re going to try the Met Mile (at Belmont Park, on May 27).”
Comma to the Top, the second choice with Edwin Maldonado at 2-1, finished a well-beaten fourth.
“I had an easy lead but he didn’t run his best race for some reason,” said Maldonado. “It was a slow pace and the winner had a great trip.”
Unbridled’s Note, off at 7-2 with Corey Nakatani, finished well to be second, 2 ¼ lengths in front of longshot Apriority and Martin Garcia.
Unbridled’s Note paid $3.40 and $2.80.
Apriority, off at 11-1, paid $3.80 to show.
The Potrero Grande was run as the seventh race on an 11-race Santa Anita Derby Day program.