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Creatine wins Kentucky Futurity in 1:53.2

October 06, 2013

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Creatine gave Mike Lachance his fourth Kentucky Futurity triumph as the 3-year-old homebred of Diamond Creek Farm rallied in the homestretch to win the 121st edition of the classic, worth $527,000, on a rainy Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile. The time for the mile was 1:53.2, with All Laid Out taking second, Spider Blue Chip third, and Your So Vain fourth. Hambletonian champion Royalty For Life, the pacesetter in the race, tired and faded to fifth late in the stretch drive.
Driver Brian Sears shot Royalty For Life to the lead from post 2 and had to work a bit to put Spider Blue Chip in the pocket, with the opening quarter in :27.4. Royalty For Life continued on to the half (:55.4) without a threat, but a second tier had developed, with Your So Vain first-over and Creatine second-over.
Royalty For Life reached the three-quarter mark in 1:24, and by this time Your So Vain was alongside him and Creatine was full of trot as well. Early in the homestretch it appeared that Royalty For Life was struggling, and in the closing yards Creatine trotted by him and then edged past Your So Vain just before the wire.
Chris and Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Farm bred Creatine and still own him as Diamond Creek Racing. The Andover Hall-Berry Nice Muscles colt was unable to be sold because of an infected hock. When they tried to sell the horse privately for a very small sum and had no takers, Chris, who resides in Maine, decided to send the colt to veteran Maine horseman Donnie Richards, who developed him before the colt was sent to trainer Bob Stewart.
Stewart, a native of Lexington, won the Kentucky Filly Futurity with Cameron Hall, but despite racing the top trotting colts Andover Hall, Angus Hall and Conway Hall, he had not been able to win the Futurity.
The Futurity got underway late in the card, Race 9, when Royalty For Life won the first of two eliminations, scoring a 1:53.3 victory under sloppy conditions. Your So Vain captured the second elim, taking the lead in the final turn and going on to a 1:54.4 decision.
Driven Sears, Royalty For Life led at every call over six rivals in the opener, although a break behind the gate by Deadliest Catch and another by Master Of Law in the first turn, essentially turned the race into a five-horse contest. Royalty For Life led through fractions of :28, :56.2 and 1:25.2 as Creatine and Mike Lachance sat second. EL Rocket and Yannick Gingras ranged up first-over, but the bid was rebuffed. Royalty For Life held his rivals at bay through the lane to score the victory.
Tim Tetrick was able to drop in third early with Your So Vain as Spider Blue Chip and Lindy's Tru Grit lined up one-two in the first turn. Ron Pierce set moderate first-half fractions of :29.4 and :59, when Tetrick decided to tip Your So Vain to the outside. Tetrick was able to urge the 4-5 favorite Your So Vain to the lead in front of 7-5 second choice Spider Blue Chip heading into the final turn.
Your So Vain reached three-quarters in 1:26.2, and then closed out his mile with a final quarter of :28.2. Spider Blue Chip held for second, with All Laid Out third for Corey Callahan.
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