Casa Creed Right At Home in the Jaipur

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Casa Creed | Sarah Andrew

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Sent off at a fraction of the 10-1 mutuel he returned to his supporters 12 months ago, Lee Einsidler's LRE Racing and Mike Francesa's JEH Racing Stable's Casa Creed (Jimmy Creed) enjoyed a beautiful inside trip in defense of his title in the GI Jaipur S. Saturday afternoon and, once tipped out a furlong from home, ran down an alibi-free favorite Arrest Me Red (Pioneerof the Nile) to score at 4-1.

Making his U.S. reappearance on the back of strong turf sprint efforts in Saudi Arabia and Dubai, Casa Creed settled in about a midfield position as 14-1 True Valour (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) cut out a reasonable tempo of :22.36 for the opening section in advance of Arrest Me Red, who would have been giving Irad Ortiz, Jr. any number of positive vibes while matching motors to the outside.  Ridden for luck by Luis Saez, Casa Creed remained hard against the hedge as they raced into the final quarter mile and took advantage of an opening inside of the mare Change of Control (Fed Biz) with a furlong and a half to travel. Roused right-handed at the eighth pole, Casa Creed was steered out into the three path at and closed powerfully–particularly after switching his leads–to be along in time. True Valour held nicely for third, with Change of Control the long-odds superfecta kicker. The victory secures Casa Creed a fees-paid berth into this year's GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland Nov. 5.

“It's great to get back-to-back wins in the Jaipur with him,” said winning trainer Bill Mott. “He's a neat horse. He's a real warrior who's gotten better with age. We finally found out what he wants to do. He wants to run in the Jaipur every year.”

Casa Creed stretched back out to a mile to be third to Got Stormy (Get Stormy) in the GI Fourstardave H. last August and was fifth to Gear Jockey (Twirling Candy) in the GIII Turf Sprint at Kentucky Downs Sept. 11 before running on to be eighth, beaten 3 1/2 lengths, in last year's GI Breeders' Cup Mile. The bay rallied to run recent G1 Yasuda Kinen heroine Songline (Jpn) (Kizuna {Jpn}) to a neck in the G3 1351 Turf Sprint Cup in Riyadh Feb. 26 and was exiting a respectable fifth behind A Case of You (Ire) (Hot Streak {Ire}) in the G1 Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan Mar. 26. The latter heads to next Saturday's G1 Platinum Jubilee S. on the final day of the Royal Ascot meeting.

Pedigree Notes:

The lone Grade I scorer for the under-appreciated Jimmy Creed, Casa Creed is out of an unraced daughter of four-time graded winner Wild Heart Dancing (Farma Way), the dam of MSPs Unbridled's Heart (Unbridled's Song) and Leopard Rock (Speightstown). Third dam Star of Wicklow was responsible for GISW Man From Wicklow (Turkoman). Achalaya is the dam of Jimmy Creed's 2-year-old full brother, a yearling by Omaha Beach and a filly by Horse of the Year Authentic foaled Apr. 15.

Saturday, Belmont
JAIPUR S.-GI, $400,000, Belmont, 6-11, 3yo/up, 6fT, 1:07.44, fm.
1–CASA CREED, 124, h, 6, by Jimmy Creed
               1st Dam: Achalaya, by Bellamy Road
               2nd Dam: Wild Heart Dancing, by Farma Way
               3rd Dam: Star of Wicklow, by Fast Play
($15,000 Ylg '17 OBSWIN; $105,000 Ylg '17 KEESEP). O-LRE
Racing LLC and JEH Racing Stable LLC; B-Silver Springs Stud,
LLC (KY); T-William I. Mott; J-Luis Saez. $220,000. Lifetime
Record: 26-6-4-4, $1,428,308. *1/2 to Chess's Dream (Jess's
Dream), GSW, $174,315. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for
the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Arrest Me Red, 124, c, 4, Pioneerof the Nile–Maraschino
Red, by Medaglia d'Oro. 1ST G1 BLACK TYPE. O-Lael Stables;
B-M. Roy Jackson (KY); T-Wesley A. Ward. $80,000.
3–True Valour (Ire), 120, h, 8, Kodiac (GB)–Sutton Veny (Ire),
by Acclamation (GB). 1ST G1 BLACK TYPE. (19,000gns Wlg
'14 TATFOA; €100,000 2yo '16 GBMBR; $225,000 6yo '20
FTKHRA). O-R. Larry Johnson; B-Mr P. O'Rourke (IRE); T-H.
Graham Motion. $48,000.
Margins: HF, HF, 2. Odds: 4.20, 1.85, 14.50.
Also Ran: Change of Control, Whatmakessammyrun, Greyes Creek, Gregorian Chant (GB), Smokin' Jay, Omaha City, Gear Jockey, Scuttlebuzz, Filo Di Arianna (Brz), Chasing Artie.
Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs, or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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