Belmont Stakes 2016: Watch the race come down to a nose
Jun 13 2016
This year's Belmont field had 13 horses, compared with eight last year.
Creator won the 148th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Saturday, beating out runner-up Destin by a nose.
The trainer credited his young jockey, who regularly rides on the NY circuit, for the win.
His ride in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday won't do anything but cement that position and perhaps put him in the conversation for best of any age. He was taken off the Hall of Fame ballot a year ago, though, because of allegations made by PETA about the way he treated his horses.
Creator rose to the occasion after a disappointing 13th in the 20-horse Kentucky Derby, 18 lengths back.
After his defeat in the Preakness Stakes, Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist was absent in the US$1.5 million 12-furlong (2400m) final leg, for which Preakness victor Exaggerator was the firm favourite. "I thought it was a great race, I've watched the replay multiple times and (jockey) Irad (Ortiz Jr.) did a masterful job with him".
Japan-based Lani, another gray, was third, 1 1/2 lengths farther back, and Governor Malibu, who got jammed up on the inside, ran fourth. "I was just glad to see them out that number up - they came to the wire together", said Asmussen, who is due to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer.
"I thought Irad gave him a dream trip", the trainer said. Destin paid $9.40, $6.20, while Lani returned $6.60 to show.
"I said, 'Show me your stuff, ' and there was nothing there", Desormeaux said. Cavorting has won seven of her 12 starts.
Issacs also commended the farm's trainer, Jonathan Thomas, who broke the colt. This was Creator's second grade one victory and his career stats now stand at 10: 3-4-1 with $1,568,320 in earnings.
Celestine ($17) took charge in the stretch to win the $700,000 Just A Game for 4-year-old and up fillies and mares on the turf. Brody's Cause won the Blue Grass Stakes in April and was seventh in the May 7th Kentucky Derby.
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