Creator edges out Destin in Belmont Stakes
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Creator bested Destin (#2) by a nose to take the 148th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday. (Photo: NYRA)
Creator bested Destin (#2) by a nose to take the 148th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday. (Photo: NYRA)
Blocked behind a wall of horses with a quarter-mile to run, WinStar Farm and Bobby Flay’s Creator weaved his way through traffic and used the length of the stretch to reel in Destin and win the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes by a nose on Saturday.

At odds of 16-1, Grade 1 Arkansas Derby winner Creator became the first horse to win the Belmont Stakes from post position 13. The margin of victory matched the smallest in Belmont history.

Destin was a stubborn second, 1 ½ lengths ahead of late-running Japanese import Lani. It was the first Belmont Stakes victory for both jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. and trainer Steve Asmussen.

“I thought Irad gave him a perfect trip,” said Asmussen said. “He went through a lot of traffic very smooth.”

It was the third win from 10 career starts for Creator, who skipped the Preakness after finishing 13th following a nightmarish trip in the Kentucky Derby. The $800,000 winner’s share of the purse pushed his bankroll to $1,568,320.

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay purchased an interest in the horse just a few days before the race.

“The truth was that I had planned to bring about 15 to 20 people to the Belmont Stakes, which I do every year, and I had a horse named America who was going to run in the Ogden Phipps, but I retired her just last month,” said Flay post race. “So I really had nothing to run.”

Flay was approached by Elliott Walden, president of WinStar Farms, who told Flay there was a possibility he could get involved with Creator.

“I shouldn’t even be sitting here,” Flay added. “I certainly was cheering the loudest in the entire racetrack, and maybe I gave that last little head bob, but that’s about it.”

All-sources handle on Belmont Stakes Day at the park was $99,419,023.

On-track wagering was $11,694,847, with a paid attendance of 60,114, with off-track betting totaling $87,724,126. Total handle on the Belmont Stakes itself was $52,188,416.

In 2013, the last time the Belmont Stakes was run without a Triple Crown on the line, all-sources handle was $88,528,542.

Last year, during American Pharoah’s Triple Crown-winning Belmont Stakes, saw all-sources handle of $135,790,321 on the day.
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