Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 13th 2016 Contents Don t Touch put his name in the
frame for next month s July Cup with
a gritty triumph in the British Stallion
Studs EBF Cathedral Stakes at Salis-
The victory was the latest in a series
of important successes for trainer
Richard Fahey, who could win with the
yard cat right now and in the day s Listed
feature Don t Touch (7/2) had to get out
of jail after hitting a flat spot at halfway.
Aware that this is a commonly-seen
trait of the multiple scorer, Tony Hamil-
ton did not panic when Danzeno took
command and drove the Nicholas
Wrigley and Kevin Hart-owned winner
out to score by a neck. It was a length
and a quarter back to long-time leader
Sakhee s Secret triumphed in this race
before his July Cup win in 2007 and it
is only four years since Fahey himself
landed the Newmarket Group One with
Wrigley and son Ed watched the race
unfold and had gleeful expressions when
Hamilton and Don t Touch came back
in.The former said: "I have to thank
Richard, who is a genius, and his assis-
tant Robin O Ryan for finding us this
horse. He s a star, but a live bubble was
burst when he underperformed in Ire-
land last time and we think it might
have been the (testing) ground.
"We think he s decent, and while it
will be left to Richard to make the final
decision we would like to go for the July
Cup. He s entered, and the uphill finish
will suit him."
Reflecting on the way the race went,
Wrigley added: "I wasn t too worried
during the race today because he always
hits a flat spot.
Now we can look forward to an
important meeting at Newmarket where
both Ed (son) and my wife Venetia are
riding in the Town Plate. I m looking
forward to winning the 5lb of Newmarket
NEW YORK---The finish was dra-
matic, even without a Triple Crown
on the line.
Creator found an opening in the
stretch and ran down Destin in the
final stride to win the $1.5 million Bel-
mont Stakes by a nose---the closest
possible margin of victory. Jockey Irad
Ortiz Jr., pointed to the sky in an
appropriate winning salute given the
horse s name.
"Today was perfect for us, by inch-
es," said Steve Asmussen, who will be
inducted into racing s Hall of Fame
this summer at Saratoga. "Being the
victor of the Belmont Stakes will look
good on that plaque."
The 50-year-old trainer has won
more than 7,300 races, including the
Preakness with champions Curlin in
2007 and Rachel Alexandra in 2009.
He was taken off the Hall of Fame
ballot last year, though, because of
allegations made by PETA about the
way he treated his horses. He was later
cleared by racing authorities in Ken-
tucky and New York.
The 1 1/2-mile "Test of the Cham-
pion" wrapped up the Triple Crown
a year after American Pharoah s run
to glory in becoming the first horse in
37 years to sweep the Kentucky Derby,
Preakness and Belmont. A different
horse won each leg this time---Nyquist
took the Derby and Exaggerator won
This was Creator s day, a hot, sticky
one at Belmont Park with temperatures
in the mid-80s. The attendance
announced by the New York Racing
Association late Saturday night was
60,114, far below the 90,000 that
showed up last year.
Exaggerator, the 7-5 favourite in the
field of 13, raced well back in the pack.
He moved into contention at one point
but just didn t have his usual finishing
kick. He wound up 11th.
A 3-year-old gray colt, Creator came
flying down the stretch as Destin tried
to hang on to the lead. He almost made
it, but settled for second with Japan-
based Lani a closing third.
"I m glad to see him put that num-
ber up; they came to the wire together,"
Asmussen said of the Creator-Destin
showdown. "Irad gave him a dream
trip. The horse ran super."
Creator, sent off 16-1, returned
$34.80, $14.60 and $9.40. Destin,
trained by Todd Pletcher, returned
$9.40 and $6.20, and Lani paid $6.60.
The winning time for the 1 1/2 miles
was 2:28.51. The first three finishers
were gray colts.
Governor Malibu was fourth, fol-
lowed by Stradivari, Brody s Cause,
Cherry Wine, Gettysburg, Sudden-
breakingnews, Trojan Nation, Exag-
gerator, Seeking the Soul and Forever
Creator was one of several closers
in the field, and the race set up per-
fectly for him. Gettysburg was a late
addition to the field. Both are owned
by WinStar Farm and trained by
Asmussen, with Gettysburg a front-
runner who set the stage for the
After leading the field early on, Get-
tysburg dropped back after a mile and
Destin took charge into the stretch.
With Ortiz urging him on, Creator
stormed into contention after running
near the back of the pack and won for
the third time in 10 career starts. Ortiz,
one of the nation s leading riders, won
his first Triple Crown race.
"He was calm and I just waited for
somewhere to go," Ortiz said. "When
he got clear, he started running."
Kent Desormeaux, the Hall of Fame
rider aboard the colt, second-guessed
his decision to ask Exaggerator to wait
behind the pace. When he tried to
make a move, the horse trained by his
brother, Keith, just didn t have it.
"I don t know if there would have
been any difference in the outcome,"
Kent Desormeaux said. "When I picked
him up at the quarter-pole to try and
win the race, there was nothing there."
Exaggerator and Lani were the only
horses who ran in all three Triple
Crown races. Lani improved each time,
running ninth in the Derby and fifth
in the Preakness.
"He was in very good condition,
and the distance was good," Lani s
jockey Yutaka Take said.
The track was a fast one all day, and
the rain held off until after the finish
when a downpour soaked a crowd
much smaller than the 90,000 that
showed up for American Pharoah s
Earlier in the week, celebrity chef
Bobby Flay became a co-owner of
Creator with WinStar.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, June 13, 2016
Creator, second from left, with jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., battles Destin, centre, with jockey Javier Castellano, down the
stretch in the 148th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race, Saturday in Elmont, NY Creator won the race.
Governor Malibu, with jockey Joel Rosario is at right. AP PHOTO
Sky's the limit for Creator
Ptit Zig came with a rare old rattle
under Sam Twiston-Davies to land
the Grande Course de Haies d Au-
teuil (French Champion Hurdle) at
Under a well-timed ride, the Paul
Nicholls-trained 22/1 winner came
from off the pace to score by two
lengths from Alex De Larredya, with
top French hope Blue Dragon head
back in third.
Blue Dragon and the Willie
Mullins-trained Un De Sceaux, who
had previously beaten Ptit Zig by
over 12 lengths in the Grade Two
Prix La Barka at Auteuil last month
but was trying a trip in excess of
three miles for the first time, set a
The pair looked to have it to them-
selves turning in, despite being split
by the width of the track.
Blue Dragon came wide up the
stands side and still had a three-
length lead jumping the last, as Un
De Sceaux put in a tired leap.
However, he could not maintain
his momentum and as he began to
flounder, Ptit Zig, who had won the
Select Hurdle at Sandown on his pre-
vious start, swept past with 300 yards
to go and won going away.
Nicholls said: "I m delighted. This
was a race we had been targeting for
some time and Sandown was a bit
of an afterthought really.
"We put the blinkers on him and
that helped and the race panned out
as expected---we thought the front-
runners Un De Sceaux and Blue
Dragon might not stay and Sam has
ridden the perfect race. We knew
he d stay.
"We will probably keep him over
hurdles now. He does not jump fences
well enough and to be fair, he doesn t
jump hurdles that well either, but he
has plenty of stamina. There are plen-
ty of good staying hurdles for him."
Co-owner Barry Fulton added: "I
can t believe it. It s absolutely brilliant.
We thought coming to the last he
might get third, as he was three
lengths down, but he stayed on really
Un De Sceaux s trainer Willie
Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh had
earlier enjoyed better luck as Footpad
claimed the Grade One Prix Alain du
Ptit Zig roars in French Champion hurdle
Spirit Quartz brought a three-year
drought to an end with victory in the
Coral.ie Midsummer Sprint Stakes at
Robert Cowell s raider last got his head
in front in the 2013 Prix du Gros-Chene
but had signalled that plenty of spark
remains when fourth in the Palace House
on his seasonal debut, although that
preceded a moderate effort in France.
With his sights lowered here, the 5-
4 chance took the lead from Little Sweet-
heart just after halfway and stuck his
neck out well when challenged by
favourite Ardhoomey to secure the Listed
honours by half a length.
Winning rider Pat Smullen said: "It
was a good opportunity for him and the
ease in the ground was a big help. He
was a little bit buzzy in the gates but I
was happy to follow Danny (Grant, on
Little Sweetheart) and then I put it up
to the second horse (Ardhoomey).
"He is a good solid sprinter and just
a grade above them. He is getting on in
years but still retains a lot of his enthu-
Quartz back in
Touch tees up
July Cup bid
--- Frosted ($6.70) ran the fastest
Metropolitan Mile in the 123-year
history of the race, blowing away
the field for a 14 1/4 length victory
and earning an automatic berth in
the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Ridden
by Joel Rosario, the 4-year-old gray
colt stormed into the lead around
the turn and widened his
advantage with every stride. The
winning time was 1:32.73, off the
track record by nearly a half-
second, but faster than Tizway's
Met Mile time of 1:32.90 in 2011.
--- Cavorting ($10.60) ran her way
into an automatic berth in the BC
Distaff by taking the $1 million
Ogden Phipps by 2 1/2 lengths over
Forever Unbridled. The 4-year-old
filly is trained by Kiran McLaughlin,
who also trains Frosted. Favorite
Curalina was fourth.
--- Flintshire ($3.40), a 6-year-old
bred in England, made his first
start of the year a winning one in
the $1 million Manhattan for 4-
year-olds and up on the turf.
--- 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.
--- Carina Mia ($6.10) edged past
Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn
Sophia in the stretch and won the
$700,000 Acorn for 3-year-old
Also, Tom's Ready ($17.20)
rebounded from a 12th place finish
in the Derby to win the Grade 2
$500,000 Woody Stephens; and
Shaman Ghost ($9.60) won the
$400,000 Brooklyn Invitational.
IN FIVE OTHER GRADE 1 RACES ON THE CARD
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