Belmont hero Creator sold to stand in Japan
Creator: son of Tapit will stand at the Shizunai Stallion Station
PICTURE: Jessie Holmes / Equisport Photos Belmont hero Creator sold to stand in Japan By Martin Stevens 11:42AM 7 OCT 2016
THIS year's Belmont Stakes winner Creator has been sold by owners WinStar Farm and Bobby Flay to the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association, which intends to retire him to stand at Shizunai Stallion Station in Hokkaido from next year.
The son of Tapit won a maiden at Oaklawn Park by over seven lengths in February before finishing third in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes , winning the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby and running 13th behind Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby.
On Creator's next start he gained his Classic win when defeating Destin by a nose to land the Belmont, although he has disappointed in his subsequent starts in the Jim Dandy Stakes and Travers.
WinStar president Elliott Walden said: "The JBBA approached us with a strong desire to stand a top Grade 1-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.
"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 was bred by Mt Brilliant Farm out of the Privately Held mare Morena, a champion in her native Peru and Grade 1-placed in the US.
Maverick Racing paid $440,000 for Creator at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
It was also announced this week that the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association had bought Classic sire Makfi from Qatar Bloodstock.
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