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Creative Cause heads busy morning at Churchill; no decision yet on Mark Valeski

Derby 138 hopeful Creative Cause with John Cisneros up worked a half mile, Monday, April 30, 2012 at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Photo by Jonathan Palmer
Derby 138 hopeful Creative Cause with John Cisneros up worked a half mile, Monday, April 30, 2012 at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Photo by Jonathan Palmer Herald-Leader

It was another active morning on the work tab for Kentucky Derby hopefuls on Monday with Creative Cause, Liaison, Sabercat, Daddy Nose Best and Mark Valeski all going through their final serious paces over the Churchill Downs track.

Trainer Larry Jones said Sunday he and owner Brereton Jones needed to see something special from Mark Valeski – runner up in the Louisiana Derby last time out – in his final move to ensure the son of Proud Citizen would be in the starting gate Saturday. Even after the bay colt worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 under former jockey Larry Melancon, both Joneses remained non committal saying they would likely wait until Wednesday to make a final call.

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