Spendthrift Farm’s Jimmy Creed got his second straight graded stakes win in Saturday’s $150,000 Potrero Grande S. (G2) at Santa Anita Park (VIDEO
), providing the jockey, trainer and owner trio of Garrett Gomez, Richard Mandella and B. Wayne Hughes their second graded stakes win of the afternoon. They took the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks two races earlier with the stellar 3-year-old filly Beholder.
Jimmy Creed, who won the Grade 1 Malibu S. the day after Christmas, was on the top of his game after the 3-plus month layoff. As expected, Comma to the Top broke on top with Jimmy Creed in close pursuit through fractions of 22.17 and 44.78. Jimmy Creed took command midway around the turn and held sway in the stretch win by three-quarters of a length, getting the six furlongs in a very quick 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’s a young horse, and he’s only getting better. He has a bright future.”
Jimmy Creed, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Distorted Humor, 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.”
“The horse is a good horse,” added Hughes. “I think we’re going to try the Met Mile (G1 at Belmont Park, on May 27).”