One of the traps that bettors often fall into is looking at the performance of a horse in the Kentucky Derby and assuming that it has no shot in the Preakness. It’s easy to forget that the Derby is a race that is longer than most horses are used to, and also has number of runners that is also uncommon. Pimlico Race Track is very different from Churchill Downs, and it’s well-known that some horses are just more comfortable on certain tracks. Creator is a horse who has something to prove after a disappointing run in the Kentucky Derby. A closer look at the race summary shows that he was bumped and had to be checked, which is something that will totally throw off any horse. He will be looking for a clean trip this time out, and if he gets it, don’t discount this horse. Let’s take a closer look at Creator and its online betting odds to win the Preakness.
Creator’s 2016 Preakness Stakes Odds Review and Prediction
Creator is a Kentucky-bred colt out of Tapit and Morena, by Privately Held. Other than his bloodline, there was nothing to suggest that this horse would be a Kentucky Derby participant, as he went through 4 races in hi 2-year old year without breaking his maiden. He finally got a win in his second race in 2016, and followed that up with a 3rd place finish in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes. He then followed that up with a win in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby.
2016 has definitely been a good year for Creator, with $740,000 in earnings, but the knock on him may be that he is a one-track pony. All of his best performances have been saved for Oaklawn Park, which makes you wonder how he is going to fair at Pimlico. All of his recent workouts have been at Churchill Downs, but he will likely get one in at Pimlico before the week is out.
Jockey, Trainer, and Owner Info
Creator will be ridden, as always, by Ricardo Santana, Jr. who has a number of graded stakes wins under his belt. It should be noted, though, that he only has one win at the Grade 1 stakes level, which was the Arkansas Derby with this very horse earlier in the season. That said, this is a jockey who knows how to win and get in the money, as he has been in the top 100 jockeys in wins and earnings over the past 3 years.
Steven M. Asmussen is a 2-time Eclipse Award winning trainer, and he has also had wins as a trainer at the Preakness. Those victories came in 2007 with Curlin, and 2009 with Rachel Alexandra. Creator is owned by WinStar Farm, who picked him up at auction for $440,000.
If truth be told, Creator really only has 1 major win under his belt coming into the Preakness, which suggests he may not be in the best position to cause the upset. When handicapping this race, throw out his performance in the Derby, as being bumped changes everything for a horse.