BELMONT STAKES / June 2016, New York, U.S.A.
‘Creator’ edges past ‘Destin’ to win by a nose

There was no Triple Crown winner this year due to ‘Nyquist’ winning the Kentucky Derby, ‘Exaggerator’ winning the Preakness Stakes and the 11/2-mile Test of the Champion, the Belmont, was won by ‘Creator’, the winner of the Arkansas Derby. Owned by WinStar Farm and celebrity chef Bobby Flay, the grey colt ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. found an opening in the stretch and ran down ‘Destin’ in the final stride to win the USD 1.5 million Belmont Stakes by a nose. It was the first Belmont Stakes victory for both jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. and trainer Steve Asmussen. After the race, Asmussen, who will be inducted into racing's “Hall of Fame” this summer at Saratoga said "Today was perfect for us, by inches. Being the victor of the Belmont Stakes will look good on that plaque". Asmussen has won more than 7,300 races, including the Preakness with ‘Champions Curlin’ in 2007 and ‘Rachel Alexandra’ in 2009 respectively.

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EPSOM DERBY / June 2016, Surrey, U.K.
Aga Khan's ‘Harzand’ gallops to Derby glory!

It was a field day for the bookmakers as the 13/2 outsider ‘Harzand’ won the 237th running of the Epsom Derby in impressive fashion. Ridden by Pat Smullen and trained in Ireland by Dermot Weld, ‘Harzand’ overcame a pre-race injury to win the world’s greatest flat race and claimed GBP 750,000 in prize money for his owner, The Aga Khan. Holding off the fast finishing 7/2 favourite ‘US Army Ranger’ ridden by jockey Ryan Moore, by 1½ lengths, the bay colt gave his trainer and jockey their first Investec Derby win. The son of the 2009 Derby winner ‘Sea The Stars’ provided the Aga Khan a fifth victory in the Classic. With this fifth conquest, Prince Karim Aga Khan broke a new record by becoming the only owner and breeder of five Derby inners. After the race, The Aga Khan said, “This is a major gift for everybody who works with me in this wonderful activity. To win a fifth Derby for the family is obviously very historic”.

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