Creative Minister: Preakness contender profile
Creative Minister will jump straight from back-to-back wins over maiden special weight and entry-level allowance rivals to the Preakness, and connections forked over a $150,000 supplemental fee to run since he wasn’t Triple Crown-nominated.
He defeated a nice field on the Kentucky Derby undercard, netting triple-digit Brisnet Speed (101) and Late Pace (102) ratings for the 2 3/4-length decision in the 1 1/16-mile allowance, and the gray Kentucky-bred colt has captured both two-turn starts comfortably. His inexperience rates as a legitimate concern, but Creative Minister appears to have plenty of upside.
Creative Minister Speed Figures
Top Brisnet Speed: 101, allowance win
Top Brisnet Late Pace: 102, allowance win
Creative Minister Pedigree
Sire: Creative Cause
A Grade 1-winning juvenile and nose second in the Santa Anita Derby (G1), Creative Cause finished third when making his final career start in the 2012 Preakness. He’s a son of three-time leading sire Giant’s Causeway, and his multiple Grade 3-winning son My Boy Jack was on the 2018 Triple Crown trail. Creative Minister is from Creative Cause’s fifth crop.
Creative Minister, a half-brother to five stakes-placed siblings, hails from the winning Tapit mare Tamboz, a full-sister to 2012 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Tapizar, the sire of multiple champion Monomoy Girl. Tapit, a three-time leading sire, is a proven top-class broodmare sire.
Creative Minister Connections
Owner: Fern Circle Stables, et al.
A $180,000 yearling purchase, Creative Minister is campaigned by Fern Circle Stables, Back Racing, and Kenny McPeek’s Magdalena Racing.
Trainer: Kenny McPeek
Creative Minister will be the seventh Preakness starter for Kenny McPeek, who earned his first victory with the filly Swiss Skydiver in 2020. Swiss Skydiver upset Kentucky Derby winner Authentic at 11-1 odds, and she ran the second-fastest Preakness ever (1:53.28) behind Secretariat (1:53).
Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.
Fourth aboard Art Collector (2020) in his most recent appearance, Brian Hernandez Jr. will make his fourth Preakness appearance, and he’s been up for all three career starts aboard Creative Minister.
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