Creator pulls an dissapoint in a Belmont Stakes


NEW YORK (AP) Creator sealed with a rush and hold Destin during a handle to win a $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, with Preakness leader Exaggerator finishing good behind in a field.

The 3-year-old gray colt lerned by Steve Asmussen came drifting down a widen as Destin attempted to hang on to a lead. But it was Creator, who finished 13th in a Derby and skipped a Preakness, who won by a nose. It was a fourth time a Belmont was motionless by a nose a closest probable domain of victory.

Preakness leader Exaggerator was sent off as a 7-5 favorite in a domain of 13. He was closer to a lead than usual, though wound adult 11th.

A year ago, American Pharoah ran to Triple Crown excellence during Belmont Park, though a Triple wasn’t on a line this time. Nyquist won a Kentucky Derby, though finished third in a Preakness and did not run in a Belmont.

The winning time for a 1 1/2 miles was 2:28.51.

Creator, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. was one of several closers in a field, and a competition set adult ideally for him. Gettysburg was a late further to a field. Both horses are owned by WinStar Farm, with Gettysburg a front-runner who could set a theatre for a thespian finish.

That’s what happened, too. Gettysburg forsaken back, and Destin took assign good into a widen on a hot, gummy day during Belmont Park. With Ortiz propelling him on, Creator stormed into row after using nearby a behind of a container and won in a final stride.

Lani, a Japan-based colt with a whimsical reputation, ran a clever third after finishing ninth in a Derby and fifth in a Preakness.

Creator, sent off 16-1, returned $34.80, $14.60 and $9.40. Destin, lerned by Todd Pletcher, returned $9.40 and $6.20 and Lani paid $6.60.

“I’m blissful to see him put that series up; they came to a handle together,” pronounced Asmussen, who will be inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame this summer. “Irad gave him a dream trip. The equine ran super.”

Kent Desormeaux, a Hall of Fame supplement aboard Exaggerator, second-guessed his preference to ask his colt to wait behind a delayed pace. When he attempted to make a move, a colt lerned by his brother, Keith, only didn’t have it.

“I don’t know it there would have been any disproportion in a outcome,” he said. “When we picked him adult during a quarter-pole to try and win a race, there was zero there.”

The lane was a quick one all day, and a sleet hold off until after a finish when a surge dripping a lane and a throng most smaller than a 90,000 that showed adult for American Pharoah’s Triple Crown.

With a win, Asmussen will go into a Hall of Fame with his initial Belmont Stakes win. He won a Preakness twice, with a filly Rachel Alexandra in 2009, and with Curlin in 2007. Earlier in a week, luminary cook Bobby Flay became a co-owner of Creator along with WinStar.

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