2016 Belmont Stakes Champion Creator Sold and Retired
The 2016 Triple Crown saw three different horses emerge with victories, and the 2016 Belmont Stakes winner has finished his career. Creator, the super son of Tapit who won the Belmont Stakes by a nose, was sold to the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders Association (JBBA).
WinStar and celebrity chef Bobby Flay received an offer they couldn’t refuse for Creator, who also won the Arkansas Derby which secured his spot in the Kentucky Derby.
“The JBBA approached us with a strong desire to stand a top grade I-winning son of Tapit like Creator, and since we already have one on our stallion roster with Constitution, it was ultimately too good of an opportunity to pass up for everyone involved, including the horse,” said Elliott Walden, president and chief executive officer at WinStar. “Last year we visited the JBBA, and I was impressed with their facilities and overall program. They’ve done such a great job with American horses like Empire Maker and Forty Niner, and we hope Creator can have a similar impact for Japan and its breeders.”
Creator will stand stud at Shizunai Stallion Station in Hokkaido, Japan. His trainer, Steve Asmussen, enjoyed a special summer, winning the Belmont Stakes with Creator and then being enshrined into the Racing Hall of Fame.
“I’m very proud of Creator,” the trainer said. “His win in the Belmont Stakes really topped off a magical year for me and my family. I am appreciative of the opportunity to have trained a horse like him that proved he’s good enough to win a classic.”
Creator completes his career with a 3-4-1 record in 12 starts with more than $1.6 million in earnings. Creator’s last race was a seventh place finish in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga in August. A $440,000 yearling purchase by WinStar, Creator was bred by Mt. Brilliant Broodmares and is out of the three-time Peruvian champion racemare Morena. Creator and his connections should enjoy greater riches as a stud.